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Jonesborough fleet recognized

The Town of Jonesborough received recognition in a trade magazine called Government Fleet Magazine.
Jonesborough’s municipal fleet of vehicles was ranked at 59 of the 100 best fleets in the nation.
According to Gary Lykins, who manages the fleet, the town earned the distinction of being on the list with mostly larger municipalities because of its “merit of applied common sense.”
“The confirmation of fleet excellence is when evidence proves a fleet has gone the distance to achieve standards in safety, productivity and environmental awareness while making stewardship the cornerstone of it all,” Lykins wrote in a report to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. “This describes Jonesborough’s daily operations precisely.”
Lykins called the honor one of the “high points” in his career.
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe congratulated Lykins and other town employees for the recognition during the BMA meeting on July 9.
“Great job promoting good management practices and keeping our every growing fleet on the road,” he said.
Lykins also reported that the new fiscal year poses many challenges as the fleet shifts toward consisting of older equipment.
“We have enjoyed unprecedented success in fixed costs by buying used equipment and extending life cycles of what we already have, but this success comes at a cost,” Lykins wrote. “In this scenario of aged equipment the shop works harder than ever to keep the ever growing number of assets in a state of readiness.”