Officials host auction of surplus goods

Bob Hollingshead of Fruita looks over some of the merchandise to be sold at the surplus auction today.



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Bob Hollingshead of Fruita looks over some of the merchandise to be sold at the surplus auction today.

Unable to find their original owners, or simply to put an unused item to good use, Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction will host an auction today in the hopes of liquidating hundreds of surplus items.

The annual auction is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at 2387 Leland Ave. Gates open at 8 a.m.

Each year, local government officials sell off items they accumulate through law-enforcement investigations or that are no longer need. This year’s list includes vehicles, bicycles, clothing, jewelry, purses, appliances, electronics, cameras, computer components, skateboards, tools and DVDs. One of the more unusual items is a large sign once used by the city for the Riverside Parkway office. The office closed when the parkway opened, so the city no longer needs the sign, which can be used by any business because it uses removable letters, city spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said.

The county made a little more than $32,000 from last year’s auction, while the city pulled in a little more than $9,000.

The county deposits funds from the auction either into its general fund or a county-vehicle-replacement fund, if proceeds came from the sale of a vehicle, county spokeswoman Jessica Peterson said. The city places its proceeds in the general fund, Rainguet said.



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