Police cars, computers, furniture among items offered by city of Soldotna

Surplus gear set for auction block

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2000

Any garages left a little empty from spring cleaning this year can get filled back up again when the city of Soldotna holds an auction to clean out its own garage.

The auction will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Soldotna City Shop on Funny River Road.

Excess, surplus and obsolete items the city has obtained at some point but no longer uses will be auctioned to the public.

"Stuff is starting to pile up," said Cathy Ottinger, manager of the Soldotna City Shop. "We're running out of room to store it, so we need to get rid of it."

City auctions are held periodically, the last one being held in September 1997.

City officials request bids from local auctioneers and selects whichever one best meets their criteria, Ottinger said. Blakeley's Auction Company of Soldotna got the bid for Saturday's action. It will handle the bidding, collect the money and give the city a percentage of whatever is taken in. This percentage then goes into the city's general fund, "to purchase new items," Ottinger said.

Most of the items the city has purchased for use must be offered for public auction before being disposed of. A few of the items on the auction's original inventory list have been claimed by other departments within the city, Ottinger said.

The rest of the inventory includes a wide variety of items, from office furniture to entire police cars, two of which are still drivable. A large stack of tires, used cutting edges, desks, bookcases, miscellaneous machine and equipment parts, a fireproof metal paint closet, a streetlight pole, copiers and some cameras are open for bid.

"For a person off the street, it might be just what they're looking for," Ottinger said.

A variety of computer equipment also is available, some of it in working order.

"It's not adequate for our needs," Ottinger said. "But for a personal home computer it would be just fine."

There's also a complete universal gym system that came from the Soldotna Sports Center when it had a fitness improvement room.

"For a weight lifter or whatever, this would be right up their alley," Ottinger said.

With the exception of the police cars, successful bidders at the auction will be able to carry their purchases out at their convenience, although items left more than a week will be hauled to the dump.

"If they buy it, they can pack it home right now," Ottinger said.

To pick up the cars, bidders will pay the auctioneer and get a receipt, which they take to the city clerk at city hall. The clerk will do a title transfer and give them the keys.

A pre-auction inspection will be open to the public on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the city shop. Viewers are asked to park in front and check in at the shop office.

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