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Transitioning the City & Police Department Vehicle Fleet from Fossil Fuels to Clean Electric & Saving Money

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 16:07:26 +0000

Dear Mayor Mueller and City Council Members,
I’m writing to ask for your consideration of the climate impacts and costs of the proposed vehicle purchase for the Police Department. Vehicle purchases are important decisions for cities, and it’s clear that City staff have already put a lot of time and effort into selecting these 8 vehicles that are needed by the police department. However, we respectfully request that this item be pulled off the consent file for discussion of the following points to lower emissions of city vehicles and save on the cost of operations:

  * Could the police department consider electric vehicles or other much more efficient hybrid vehicles used by other police departments?
  * Could the vehicles be leased instead of purchased to avoid a long term commitment while staff evaluate other lower emission alternatives and charging infrastructure?
  * If this vehicle purchase proceeds, could the Council require a thorough investigation of zero emissions and lower emission alternatives before any subsequent purchases are considered?

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this impactful purchase for the City amidst a very busy Council agenda. We are grateful for your leadership on city climate policies, including evaluation of climate impacts in budget and spending decisions.
Warm regards,
Diane Bailey

Diane Bailey | Executive Director
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Received on Tue May 21 2019 - 09:02:04 PDT

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