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Three percent green

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 22, 2007 06:27 AM

NEWTON

It's not going to stop the polar ice caps from melting, but the city is on the way toward purchasing two more gasoline-electric hybrid cars for its fleet. Newton currently owns just one hybrid out of a fleet of just over 100 vehicles, 70 percent of which are used by the Police Department.

Last week, the aldermen’s Finance Committee approved a request from the mayor for $154,000 to pay for eight new cars, two of them hybrids. Three of the vehicles to be replaced have been driven for more than 100,000 miles, including one that is 18 years old.

-- Connie Paige

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