City Aldermen Stall Deal With Napa Auto Parts, Question Contract

Mar 12, 2014

Several Springfield aldermen are questioning the Mayor's  plan to utilize an auto parts company for the city's vehicle fleet.


Under the proposal, Napa Auto Parts would be the city's primary auto parts supplier. 

The more than three million dollar agreement with Napa would last for three years and would operate in a city maintenance garage.  It's part of an effort that would reduce the number of city garages.       

During Tuesday night's committee of the whole meeting, a few aldermen wanted to know how the city came to choose Napa, rather than local vendors.

City Budget Director Bill McCarty says the company has a presence in Springfield and is one of the few businesses that can work this type of arrangement.

"Napa's the most mature, they started this operation, they started this in the industry.  It's really not that old, maybe 15 years or so, maybe a little longer, maybe 20.  But it's something that is still relatively new, but it's being adopted more and more across the country," McCarty said.

McCarty says the plan could save the city up to a million dollars a year.  Reducing the number of city garages was a recommendation of the Sangamon County Citizens Efficiency Commission.

However, aldermen say they want more information.  Instead of voting on the idea at the next council meeting, it was kept in committee and will be discussed further.