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Efficient City Fleets

Action 1: Efficiently use existing fleet of city vehicles by encouraging trip bundling, video conferencing, carpooling, vehicle sharing and incentives/technology.

The city revised and adopted its Shared Vehicle Program (AD-ADMIN-1.13) in September 2012. The main directives of the program are to ensure that city vehicles are being utilized to the fullest, to reduce the probability of expanding the fleet in the future, unless absolutely necessary.

Action 2: Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

The city’s Vehicle Purchasing Values (AD-ADMIN-1.14) directive sets values and guidelines for the procurement of vehicles for the city fleet. These values are designed to have a multifaceted affect, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Reducing the short and long tern costs of purchasing, maintaining, and operating city vehicles
  • Rightsizing the city’s vehicle fleet – purchasing smaller more economical vehicles that still fulfill the demands of the intended municipal function
  • Reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions created by the city’s fleet
  • Encouraging an expansion in the number of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles purchased and maintained by the city
  • Providing the city with an efficient fleet that promotes the city’s sustainability and environmental improvement efforts.

Outcome measures/metrics:

  1. Building inspections vehicles have been right-sized from Ford Crown Victoria’s with V-8 engines to Ford Taurus and Impalas with V-6 engines. In 2010, the V-6 vehicles were replaced with Ford Fusions with I-4 engines.
  2. In Public Safety, a truck was up-sized from a 1/4 ton 4-cylinder engine extended cab pick-up to a 1/2 ton V-6 engine extended cab pick-up in 2012. The vehicle was used for confiscated or lost items. In addition the required daily equipment, the smaller truck was too restrictive.
  3. Several primary squads were down-sized from V-8 engines to V-6 engines in 2012/2013.
  4. One primary K-9 squad was up-sized from a sedan to an SUV in 2012. The increase was needed due to additional equipment added to the sedan, coupled with the K-9 requirements.
  5. The city replaced two 250KW mobile stand-by generators with two 350KW units (2009).
  6. Increase of a truck, tanker from a 2,000 gallon capacity to a 2,500 gallon capacity (2011). The added water capacity required a larger truck that would be able to accommodate approximately 4,500 additional pounds of water weight.
  7. Decrease in size and scope of snow blower from engine driven with a replacement value of $127,500 to a non-engine driven type snow blower attachment with a replacement value of $22,200 (2012).

Action 3: Phase-in no-idling practices, operational and fuel changes, and equipment changes including electric vehicles, for city or local transit fleets.

The city tracks fuel use and miles per gallon on a monthly basis for the entire fleet. Vehicle maintenance software is utilized to ensure that every vehicle is serviced at least two times each year. The city fleet currently includes two hybrid vehicles and four electric vehicles for parks maintenance. The city uses a B-5 standard for biodiesel. In addition, the city fleet includes thirty-three E85 vehicles.

In 2013, an electric vehicle will be purchased for Eagle Valley Golf Course, with help from an MPCA grant. The City’s Vehicle Purchasing Values (AD-ADMIN-1.14) directive lists as one of its goals, “Encouraging an expansion in the number of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles purchased and maintained by the City.” The City also has a No Idling Policy (AD-ADMIN-1.15) for vehicles (outside of public safety) that states, among other things, that “idling for more than 30 seconds without vehicle movement is prohibited.”

Outcome measures/metrics: 
The city's Public Safety Department was remodeled and expanded in 2011. The project included the addition of a parking garage for public safety vehicles. Since the vehicles previously idled for long periods to keep computer and medical equipment from freezing, the garage eliminated the need for continuous idling. Fuel use averaged throughout the year has resulted in a savings of 1,100 gallons of fuel each month.

Action 4: Phase in bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

The City of Woodbury Public Safety Department uses its bike patrol program as a means to enhance the investigative abilities and to improve community interactions. Bikes are used to get around in confined spaces & places (parks, retail areas) as a means of crime detection and prevention, and as a community relations platform in the same types of venues. Bikes are also used on specific problems, such as curfew or thefts from autos allowing officers to covertly troll around neighborhoods.

Action 6: Retrofit city diesel engines or install auxiliary power units, utilizing Project GreenFleet or the like.

Woodbury is in the process of using the MPCA DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) grant to retrofit four dump trucks with an up-graded exhaust muffler.