Sometimes all you have to do is ask.
According to Mayor Alcombright (that's something my fingers will have to get used to typing!), John Barrett has, indeed, returned the two city vehicles. The Lumina will now become the city vehicle for the water meter reader and the Explorer is in the shop. It will become the "pool" vehicle for city officials who travel out of town.
Now to get the Topix crowd to believe it..... oy.