Hobart Board of Works approves bartering of equipment; gives deadline to resident

2012-12-21T18:30:00Z 2013-01-04T16:17:05Z Hobart Board of Works approves bartering of equipment; gives deadline to residentDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Two city salt spreaders that were not sold at an auction will be traded in exchange for services not cash, the Board of Works agreed.

Board member Richard Lain said Wednesday that he supported the city using a bartering system for the first time, but he questioned how the value of the services would be calculated.

Mayor Brian Snedecor said Ellenberger's Maintenance Services had agreed to take the two salt spreaders in exchange for $4,000 worth of services to the city for future needs.

"The salt spreaders are not usable for the city so this benefits us," Snedecor said.

Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said she had checked on the value of the salt spreaders if sold for scrap iron.

"And we'd get less if they were scrapped," Longer said.

In other business, the board told resident Thomas Evans that he must return Jan. 16 with an update on the abandoned house he owns at 1230 Fleming St.

The house, which has been abandoned for several years, has been taken over by raccoons, Snedecor said.

"The raccoons could become a safety hazard," Snedecor said. 

Officials told Evans when he returns in two weeks, he must provide them with a copy of a contract with an animal control business.

"We have to get this done. There's already $1,000 in fines against you," Snedecor said.

City official Michael Hannigan told Evans there have been citations against the property that go back more than a decade.

"The house has been vacant for more than 12 years," Hannigan said.

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