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How much money does the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority spend on new vehicles?

Since it began operating in July 2008, CFPUA has purchased 35 new vehicles, totaling roughly $1.5 million. The vehicles include a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer; four 2010 Ford F-350 trucks , five 2009 Ford F-350s and two 2008 Ford F-350 trucks; and a 2009 Ford Escape.

The priciest vehicle purchases were two Sewer Vactor trucks at about $277,000 each in November 2009. Carey Ricks, CFPUA public relations and information officer, said in an e-mail that these trucks are used for maintaining and cleaning sewer lines.

Some of the new vehicles were purchased “as a matter of efficiency to replace smaller vehicles that could not transport as many employees,” Ricks said.

Additionally, 113 older-model vehicles have been transferred to CFPUA from Wilmington and New Hanover County, according to CFPUA documents.

Ricks said that vehicle repairs and maintenance for the 2011 fiscal year is budgeted at $436,100. CFPUA spent $349,828 on vehicle maintenance in 2010 and $637,450 for maintenance in 2009.

The authority manages 800 miles of water and wastewater line, 28 miles of raw water line, 143 pump stations, three wastewater facilities, two drinking water facilities and various services throughout the county and city of Wilmington, she said.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority was formed in July 2007 under the recommendation of a joint city-county advisory committee to consolidate and provide water and sewer services in New Hanover County.

The authority is governed by 11 board members appointed by county commissioners and the city council, and the board holds public meetings the second Wednesday of every month in the Harrell Conference Room at 230 Government Center Drive.

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