|DPW Director Jeremiah Shirk|
"As part of the deal, the City will have to pay for extra wear and tear to the vehicles, for fuel over a certain cost and for the infrastructure to have charging stations in-tact," Chapman explained. "At the end of the 7-year deal, the cars will go back to Vision Fleet."
Not exactly, Sandra. You should have read the lease before you did your story. Article 11 of the contract clearly states the city will own the title to the vehicles at the end of the lease's term, which reads: "Upon fulfillment of the City's obligations . . . title to the Rental Property shall vest in the City upon the payment to Vision by wire transfer in immediately available funds . . . the applicable purchase price of one dollar ($1.00) per component." City council members correctly point out the Ballard administration broke state law by failing to put the vehicle lease agreement out to bid, which is actually a rent-to-own agreement. They can call it a service agreement all they want, but if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.