The City of Cambridge is putting people first as it struggles to keep the administration going in a tough economic year.
At the March 25 special meeting, councillors had a choice to make to hire an additional building inspector to keep on top of the growing construction market this spring or to purchase an additional electric car for its fleet.
Staff had originally proposed seven electric cars be bought for use by the city’s seven building inspectors and that council consider buying an eighth vehicle only if council went ahead with the hiring of an eighth building inspector.
After some discussion, council opted to purchase seven electric vehicles now and hire the additional inspector. The purchase of the eighth electric car will be reconsidered at a later date.
Having completed the tendering process, the new plug-in electric vehicles will be purchased from Bennett Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC of Cambridge with the option to purchase an eighth vehicle at a later date.
To complete the purchase, council will take $66,000 in additional funding from reserves to cover the unbudgeted portion of the deal.