Tuesday night, we learned Naperville's City Council likes to replace vehicles after just 52,000 miles. After wringing its hands and a few members saying they didn't think the city needed to replace vehicles that were so near to new, the council went ahead anyway and voted to spend $222,000 for 10 replacement vehicles. Only Dick Furstenau dissented.
City staff recommended the purchases, saying the new models will be more fuel-efficient, for one. These were mostly pickup trucks, used by Department of Public Works employees.
What do you think about the purchases? Do they make sense to you? How come the majority of council members questioned the wisdom of replacing perfectly good vehicles, then went ahead and approved the purchase anyway?
Is this fiscally responsible? Do you agree with staff's recommendation that the vehicles had to be replaced due to "excessive use?"