Auction offers good deals
By MARILYN MEYER
The goodies, many of them well-used, have been piling up in the two years since the city of Palm Bay last auctioned off its surplus and seized items.
Now, hundreds of items have been processed for an auction, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Palm Bay Maintenance Facility. The maintenance facility is at approximately 5 miles west of the interstate.
The auction had been scheduled twice before, but was postponed once because of Hurricane Frances and the second time because of Hurricane Jeanne.
Auction items include heavy equipment, trucks and SUVs, tractors, cars and vans; trailers, implements and equipment; generators, compressors, pumps and motors; office equipment and furniture; and jewelry, 38 camera, 60 cell phones, collectible coins, two sets of golf clubs and bags, electronics and more.
While the city lists some of the equipment in good condition or fair condition, some of it is in poor condition, including nearly half of the 43 chairs up for bids.
“We always have a really great turnout, especially on a Saturday,” said Bobbye Marsala, the city’s purchasing manager, “The gates open at 9 for everyone to come in and take a look before the auction starts at 10 a.m.”.
A couple of items would have been in extremely hot demand during the recent hurricanes – generators, including a Cummins 350-kilowatt generator with 1,083 hours on it and an Onan 85-kilowatt generator with trailer.
There are 26 cars and vans, most of them in the 100,000-mile range, and 21 trucks, SUVs and buses. For example, there’s a 1992 four-cylinder Chevy Corsica with only 58,000 miles and a 1992 Toyota Camry with a rebuilt engine and leather seats with 147,000 miles on it.
In the who-can-use this category, there’s a 1988 1-ton ambulance with 94,000 miles on it; a 1981 and a 1983 pumper with fire apparatus; and an Aeroil tar emulsion heating unit.
The jewelry, coins, golf clubs, much of the electronics and such come from the police departments’ property and evidence room, Marsala said.
“Throughout the year, we make arrests and recover what we believe to be stolen property,” said Lt. Dough Dechenne, police spokesman. “If we are unable to locate a true owner, then the property goes to public auction.”
If the property is recovered during an arrest, the police department must hold it for at least 90 days after the case has gone through court or been disposed. But, in reality, property owners typically have longer to reclaim their items since the auctions usually are held once a year or when enough items accumulate, Dechenne said.
In a twist of irony, the police department’s for-sale list includes a fuzz buster and a radar detector. A complete list of items on the auction block and of terms of sales may be found online at the city’s web page, palmbayflorida.org.
If you are considering one of the high-mileage items or other equipment, be forewarned, everything is on an “as is, where is” basis.
Karlin Daniel & Associates of Stuart are handling the auction. Questions may be addressed to the auctioneering firm at 772-220-2557 or 800-329-0036.