The University of North Carolina Wilmington replaced two vehicles this year in its biennium budget, according to university officials.
It replaced a 1994 van and a 1996 small truck.
One of the replacement vehicles is a Ford F250 truck purchased for environmental health and safety to use for hauling environmental waste containers and responding to emergency situations on campus
According to state policy, a small percentage of fleet vehicles may be replaced in any given year by state funds, said Charles Maimone, vice chancellor for business affairs at UNCW.
Those vehicles are used for multiple activities around campus, including cargo-type vehicles to meet various needs for plant and grounds maintenance, parking enforcement, waste hauling, etc.
Maimone said there are specific criteria for replacement.
The vehicles must be at the end of their useful life, exceeding 110,000 miles or in unsafe condition, or cost prohibitive to repair, and, depending on use, typically range from 10 to 17 years of age.
However, university police patrol vehicles are owned by state motor fleet management and are assigned to the police department in a leasing arrangement, he said. They are not owned by UNCW.
The cost associated with leasing the vehicles from the state is based on miles driven, he said.
The vehicles are rotated to manage costs, extend the life of the vehicles and meet the existing operations requirements of the department. He said the newest Dodge police vehicle is a 2007 with more than 92,000 miles driven.
The “paved path” to which the reader refers is the Cross-City Trail, which intersects with and cuts through the UNCW campus, according to university officials.
This section of the trail is funded through a grant to the City of Wilmington. No state funding is being used for this project.
Date posted: July 11, 2011
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