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Posted on: September 1, 2005

[ARCHIVED] Hurricane Katrina Affects Fuel Consumption

Office of Public Information
City of Burlington
425 South Lexington Avenue
Burlington, North Carolina 27215

For Immediate Release
Jennifer Smith
336-222-5076(o) 336-516-6601 (m)

Date: September 1, 2005

Hurricane Katrina affects fuel consumption in North Carolina. Fuel costs are rising and areas of the state may experience a reduction in fuel supplies. The City of Burlington is doing all it can to conserve fuel, while continuing to meet the needs of our residents.

q City staff adopting procedures to conserve fuel to the City’s fleet of vehicles and gas powered equipment.
q Reducing fuel will NOT impact public safety and other essential municipal services.
q Conservation efforts include:
1. Limit non-essential travel
2. Carpool when possible
3. Consolidate vehicle trips
4. Limit mowing of parks and green spaces
5. Reduce the unnecessary idling of vehicles
6. Tire Inflation: maintain proper inflation
7. Preventative maintenance: make sure PM’s are performed on time
8. Alternative fuels: Explore the possibility of alternative fuels if exempted from NC State motor vehicle taxes
9. Use of smallest vehicle that will do the job
10. Consolidating athletic games to parks with multiple field to reduce maintenance travel

City staff is making a conscious effort to retain adequate fuel supplies to continue to provide citizens the high level of service, which they expect.

Local residents are also encouraged to conserve fuel during this difficult time in an effort to control the magnitude of this situation.

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