Posted on June 25, 2021 at 12:04 p.m.
Local municipalities will have the opportunity to unload items they no longer need later this year.
Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday released a request for proposals for an auctioneer to hold a public auction in September for the County Council of Governments.
Commissioner Chris Lukasevich said the event is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to noon on September 18 and that the county will use two areas of its parking lot at Jim Thorpe as well as a storage shed at the north end of the parking lot.
âThe auction would include items from municipalities that are in excess or no longer usable for them,â Lukasevich said.
One item, at least from the county’s point of view, that could be a hot seller, is its old meter heads. Since the county switched to a parking kiosk payment system, Commissioner Rocky Ahner said he’s been getting calls from people asking about meter heads.
âThey’re hard to find anymore, so there may be collectors out there looking for them,â Ahner said.
The vehicles will also be part of the auction, and Ahner said the county will likely hold a tour day shortly before the auction so that those interested can see what they can bid on.
Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said past municipal auctions in the region have gone rather well.
âI saw a lot of things disappear that I never thought I would have sold,â Nothstein said. âWe sold a bunch of chairs once for $ 1 and I think some wheels were missing. You never know what people are going to buy.
Other examples of items that have been available in the past, he said, are old light fixtures or unused storm drains.
âWhen the Township of East Penn dissolved their police department, they sold a car for a good chunk of change, probably more than it was worth,â Nothstein said.
The municipalities that are members of the COG will keep 95% of the proceeds of the auction and 5% will go to the COG.
Municipalities that are not members of the COG will keep 92% of sales, of which 8% will go to the COG.
Proposals for auction services must be returned to the County Chief Clerk by 3 p.m. on July 30.