Out with the old, in with the new

Town declares old vehicles surplus as leaders await new ones

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The town of Mount Olive continues to move toward its goal of replacing all of its vehicles with new ones.

In its monthly session in July, the town board declared 11 of its older vehicles as surplus to be picked up and sold by Fleet Management Enterprise, the same company the town is using to replace its fleet with newer models.

Proceeds from the sales are set to be returned to the town.

The town has already replaced the 11 surplus vehicles and is waiting on eight others.

When the contract was signed with the management firm it called for replacing 19 town vehicles in the first year and the remaining 30 over a three-year period.

The eight left to be replaced include seven going to the police department and a 15-passenger van for use by the parks and recreation department.

Town Manager Charles Brown said he expects the passenger van to be here by the end of the month and the police department vehicles by the end of August.

In other recent board action:

  • Vidant Aviation helicopter pilot Jeremy Bennett was named to serve as an alternate member of the local airport board.
  • A proclamation recognizing the 37th annual reunion of the Carver Alumni and Friends Association was approved.
  • The board also authorized the town attorney to begin condemnation proceedings against structures located at 318 E. Pollock St. and 313 Oliver St.
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