Todd Nelson: County fleet changes: good idea or not? |

Todd Nelson: County fleet changes: good idea or not?

Is privatize Summit County Fleet Services a good idea? As a vendor, I saw this operation from the inside and I would like to thank Steve, Don and Bob for their years of service. I do feel they acted in the best interest of providing safe transportation for the buses and quality work on vehicles. As a taxpayer, I commend the Board of County Commissioners and county administrators for the tough decision they made.

The question I ask is this: Did the county give the previous workers and management any notice to do better or else? First Vehicle is the contracting company to run the Summit County fleet. How much research did Summit County put into First Vehicle? Did they talk to the tech at other locations to see how the operations really runs? Will the tech feel any pressure not to replace a part when they are needed? This situation is all about saving money. Please consider this: As taxpayers in Summit County, our tax dollars will go from the taxpayer to the county to local business in county and supporting suppliers in Colorado. After March 1, it will go from the taxpayers to Summit County to First Vehicle then out of state, bypassing many of the local business and vendors. First Vehicle brings in their suppliers, many are out-of-county and state. I do believe Summit County has the talent to run a shop efficiently if given the proper direction from the BOCC and managers. Time will tell if this is a good idea or not.

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