PORTAGE | The city has moved to a new fueling system in an effort to save time and money.
For several years, city employees have fueled up city vehicles at pumps owned by the Portage Township School Corp., Clerk-Treasurer Chris Stidham said. The city bought the fuel from the school district.
While they will still get diesel fuel at the school pumps, employees with vehicles using unleaded or E85 fuel will be able to fill up wherever they need, he said.
The change to WEX Inc., a fleet fuel card company may save a little money for the city, Stidham said, but the biggest impact will be for police officers.
Chief Troy Williams said before the new system, if a patrolman was up on U.S. 20 and running low on fuel, he'd have to travel down to the high school, a sometimes five to 10 minute trip across the city, to get fuel. Between fueling time and a trip back to his patrol area, it could be a half hour lost.
Stidham said employees with city vehicles are given a fuel card. When they buy fuel, they have to use a PIN designated to them and report mileage numbers.
They can buy fuel at most gas stations in the region. The gas is tax free to the city and sold at a discounted rate.
Stidham said using the WEX system also will provide more information to the city on the use of city vehicles as it will provide computerized mileage forms each month.