Merrillville nets nearly $30,000 from auction

2013-11-09T15:35:00Z Merrillville nets nearly $30,000 from auctionChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
November 09, 2013 3:35 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Town officials are pleased with the outcome of the Nov. 1 auction of the municipality's excess vehicles and equipment.

Clerk-Treasurer Eugene Guernsey said the town obtained $29,550 after selling the items, which came from the Police Department and Public Works Department.

"It went very well," Guernsey said of the event.

Town Manager Bruce Spires said money received from each item sold will go to the budgets that were originally used to buy the items.

Spires said Merrillville changed its strategy to attract people to the event.

Unlike past auctions, Merrillville parked the vehicles and equipment in front of Town Hall days in advance of the event so potential bidders could see the items.

Spires said he was "pleasantly surprised" with the turnout at the auction because there was a "mix-up" regarding the date of the event.

Guernsey said the public notice for the event indicated it would take place Nov. 1, but some people who called Town Hall to inquire about the auction were told a different day.

Guernsey said Merrillville was able to keep the cost of operating the auction low because Town Attorney Michael Deppe served as the auctioneer at no cost to the town.

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