On Friday, Feb. 22, the Caswell County Commissioners held a special meeting to address the possibility of leasing with Enterprise Fleet Management as an alternative to purchasing vehicles every year for the Sheriff’s department.
According to Doug Reville with Enterprise, Caswell County ordered five police vehicles during last year’s budget cycle. They’re built and ready for delivery at a cost $150,000.
Enterprise could, with commissioner approval, purchase the vehicles from the dealers instead of the county and lease them to Caswell at a fraction of the cost, enabling the county to receive more than the original five cars for the same $150,000.
Currently, the Sheriff’s fleet is approximately 44 vehicles, most of which have over 100,000 miles not counting time spent idling, which also wears engines down. Enterprise could also purchase those vehicles and lease them back.
Through leasing, Caswell County could better maintain an overall healthier fleet, said Reville.
With fleet management, usage data for each vehicle is tracked to recommend repairs, oil changes, and best time to sell.
The commissioners were already considering creating a maintenance job position to do this function and with Enterprise in place they wouldn’t have to.
The entire fleet could become managed by Enterprise. Newer trucks, Reville said, often retain value and may be sold at profit.
Commissioner Steve Oestreicher said it all sounded like magic and wanted clarification on the math.
Enterprise has working relationships with dealerships, factories, and other organizations to purchase vehicles at a cheaper price, Reville explained. Local repairmen and vendors were used whenever possible.
To get on the list for Enterprise consideration, the local business would need to contact the county.
Oestreicher said it sounded good, but he wanted to err on the side of caution and not put all eggs into one basket.
With approval of the motion, Enterprise will monitor all law-enforcement vehicles and track their usage data and lease up to 17 vehicles to the county to meet this and last year’s vehicle demands.
The vote was 5-0, unanimous in favor of using the service. Commissioners Sterling Carter and Nate Hall were absent for the vote and meeting.
Commissioner Chairman Rick McVey asked if Enterprise had a similar program for ambulances and firetrucks.
They may in the future, Reville said, but the police program is still new. The other vehicles in question have heavier requirements and the company isn’t there yet.
Enterprise Fleet Management is a sister company to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.