City auction nets $31,000

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 14, 2010

City surplus inventory auctioned off Saturday netted approximately $30,000 from about 650 items, officials said.

“I think it did pretty well,” City of Vicksburg purchasing director Tim Smith said.

Smith said sales totaled $31,245, of which Mississippi Auction Services, a Vicksburg firm hired to conduct the auction, will received 10 percent at $3,124.50. The city will receive $28,120.50, which will go into its general fund.

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Items sold at the City Park Pavilion included computers, bikes, police vehicles and parts, furniture, lawn mowers and tractors.

“Everything was sold except for the fuel truck because there was a minimum of $10,000 on it,” Smith said.

Because there is value to the fuel truck, Smith said, the city will advertise for a sealed bid.

A riding lawn tractor, which retails for around $10,000, fetched about $1,800 at the auction. The red truck Smith had said received many inquiries was sold at a bid of $925.

The lowest bid was $5 for a bike and computer parts.

Among about 150 bidders were first-time bidders Lisa Ashcraft and her son, Isaiah, who had bid $35 for a pile of police partitions and vector bars.

Isaiah Ashcraft said he will use the parts to repair old police and fire vehicles.

“We work with low-budget police departments that are in need of parts,” Ashcraft said.

This auction was the first for the city in two years.