"I would prefer to use it," he said. "For what we used it for, it was perfect. It's the perfect vehicle to sweep the streets and haul brush up to the landfill we have here to dispose of brush. And you can't beat the mileage."
Maintenance crews love the little truck, which uses about $20 in gas every three weeks. Since the mini truck has been retired, town officials have been using a Ford F-150, which costs $75 to fill up with gas.
Bledsoe and Clendenin Police Chief David Brinckman thinks state lawmakers should pass a law legalizing mini trucks for municipal use. For small towns like Clendenin, the vehicles are versatile, relatively inexpensive and cheap to run.
"For small towns, it's perfect," Bledsoe said. "The Legislature's going to have to change the law on it."
Meanwhile, Bledsoe is in the market for a small four-wheel-drive pickup like a Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma or Chevrolet S-10, and the mini truck will be sold to the highest bidder.
Sealed bids will be accepted through Sept. 6. Bledsoe said bids will be opened Sept. 9.
Anyone interested in bidding can send a sealed bid to Clendenin Town Hall, P.O. Box 694, Clendenin, WV 25045. Bledsoe said to write "sealed bid" on the envelope so town officials don't accidentally open it. For more information, call 304-548-4192.
But buyer beware: You can't drive your new mini truck on the road.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.