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bladenboro board meetingAndy Coleman, who oversees Bladenboro’s maintenance department, recently noticed the State of North Carolina was selling a pair of surplus 2003 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, each with less than 100,000 miles and priced at $2,400 apiece. He believed the trucks wouldn’t be on the market for long.

The town’s commissioners and mayor agreed, which was the reason Mayor Rufus Duckworth called a special meeting Monday night to amend the town’s budget in order to purchase the trucks instead of waiting four weeks for the next meeting. The motion to amend the budget passed unanimously. The meeting lasted less than five minutes. Commissioner Patsi Callihan was unable to attend because of a prior commitment.

The two surplus trucks will replace a 1987 model and 1996 model that each have more than 200,000 miles that have been used by the town’s maintenance department.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public.