Fueling system proposed

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County sheriff’s deputies may soon be able to use an official county-issued fuel card to gas up their patrol vehicles while on duty instead of using their own money and being reimbursed.

Sheriff Thomas Lorey recently presented supervisors with an alternative way to allow deputies to fuel up while out in the field. He proposed permission to enter into an agreement with the WEX Fleet Card Program, a system on state contract.

“Currently, we have to pay with our own money,” Lorey said.

He said the WEX program is used by sheriff’s departments in Washington, Schoharie and Warren counties.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Finance committees approved the sheriff’s request, which goes before the full board for final approval on Monday.

Lorey told supervisors that in addition to regular patrols, he and his deputies frequently travel long distances for prisoner transports and other issues outside the county. On occasion, he said the county’s fuel system on Route 29 is out of service. Currently, he said deputies must used their personal cash and be reimbursed later.

He noted that Maine-based WEX Fleet Card Program issues a card that can be used for fuel, and there would be no cost to Fulton County for enrollment. Lorey said the WEX System will allow the sheriff’s office to purchase fuel at a regular gas pump. He said the system is currently used for all fuel by state police and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Taxes are removed at the time of purchase so the cost for fuel amounts to the same price the county now pays, Lorey said. All purchases are tracked by user and vehicle, which he said is much the same as the county’s current system.