James City County Sees Benefits of Reduction of Fuel Consumption
Date: June 16, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jody Puckett, Communications Director
Phone: (757) 253-6605
Fuel economy and conservation, emission reduction, and enhanced customer service are the advantages James City County foresees by continuing its Reduction of Transportation Petroleum Use initiatives adopted by the Board of Supervisors in January 2004. By purchasing fuel efficient and environment friendly vehicles like hybrids and Segways, using biodiesel fuel blends, and preparing for the introduction of E85, an 85 percent ethanol-based fuel used in flex-fuel vehicles (FFV), the County hopes to reduce its petroleum usage 20 percent by 2010.
Over 27 hybrid and flex fuel vehicles have already replaced older, less efficient County vehicles. Hybrids are currently in use by Code Compliance, the Environmental Division, James City Service Authority (JCSA), Williamsburg Area Transport, and the Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff. Parks and Recreation and the County's Energy Coordinator will be driving hybrid vehicles later this year. FFVs are being used County-wide.
Jamestown District Board of Supervisor, John McGlennon was the Board's advocate to take action on the reduction of County petroleum consumption "We have a wonderful opportunity to set the right example of reducing our dependence on petroleum use and at the same time serving as good stewards of taxpayer dollars. It is great to see James City County leading the way again," says McGlennon.
Twenty replacement vehicles, 9 hybrids and 11 FFVs, are scheduled for purchase over the next two fiscal years. "We've already seen a petroleum reduction over 2003 usage," says Buddy Stewart, James City County Fleet and Equipment Administrator.
Segways, an innovative, self-balancing 2 wheel transportation vehicle, have already been put to work by JCSA meter readers and will be rolled out as soon as next week by public safety officials. "They save wear and tear on our vehicles and provide a faster and efficient way for meter readers to get from house to house", says Larry Foster, JCSA General Manager.
Fire Chief Tal Luton is eager to begin using Segways during special events for emergency medical services (EMS) crews. "By adding them to our EMS teams, we'll be able to get medical equipment to a patient quickly at a large event where vehicle access is limited like the County Fair or an outdoor concert. They also provide a better view for the EMS technician since they're about 10 inches off the ground," added Luton.
In addition to the Fair and road races, County Police will begin using Segways at New Town and other venues where crowds and structures prohibit vehicle access. "A Segway allows our officers greater visibility, versatility, and mobility which provides better public safety for citizens," says Police Chief Emmett Harmon.
Picture (from left to right): James City County staff with fuel efficient hybrid and flex fuel vehicles and Segways pictured left to right are: Corey Tooley, JCSA; Tony Dallman, Police; Johnnie Nixon, JCSA; Jason Watkins, Fire Department; and Earl Croft, Environmental Division.