KANKAKEE — Kankakee will turn over the management of much of its fleet to the Oak Brook-based company Enterprise Fleet Management for at least one year.

The Kankakee City Council approved the agreement at Monday’s meeting by a 13-1 vote.

Comptroller Elizabeth Kubal said the first of 11 vehicles should be delivered within 90 days, likely late April or early May.

By leasing vehicles, the city projects it could save more than $172,000 during the first 10 years of the program. The city, however, only is committed to the first year and 11 vehicles. The city will analyze the program in a year to see if and how it will proceed.

The city will be paying Enterprise $56,926 in the first year for the fleet management service. If the city is satisfied with the program after its review and money is available, the cost would increase to $116,088 in the second year and up to $209,554 in the fourth year as more new vehicles are being worked into the fleet.

The vehicles the city will be leasing will be for a variety of departments, but will not include police squad cards, firetrucks, ambulances or the large public works trucks.

Leasing vehicles is a road many governmental bodies are traveling. On Monday, the Bourbonnais Village Board also entered into an agreement with Enterprise for leasing vehicles.

Bourbonnais will be leasing 13 vehicles. Kankakee will be leasing 52 vehicles during the next five years as it flips over its aging fleet. The city will be leasing 10 or 11 new vehicles each year over the course of the next five years if the agreement proceeds.

The vehicles will be on a five-year rotation schedule, meaning the days of driving cars and trucks in need of significant repairs are largely over, assuming the program moves forward.

Enterprise is responsible for maintenance of the entire fleet, from oil changes to new tires or brakes to a new transmission.

The city has struggled to keep its aging fleet maintained. Currently, nearly half of the city’s current light- and medium-duty fleet is older than 10 years.

Enterprise manages fleets for about 900 governmental units across the country.

It has 18 governmental clients and about 2,000 vehicles in Illinois.

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