By Joel Hall
Once a year, the City of Jonesboro hosts an auction of items that have outlived their usefulness to the city. Starting today, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., the Jonesboro Public Works Department will host a surplus auction, in which people will be able to place bids on items ranging from cars to printers, to washing machines, to custom auto rims.
The viewing of the items will take place today at the Jonesboro Public Works Department, located at 100 Gloria Drive in Jonesboro. Sealed bids will be due to Jonesboro City Hall, located at 124 North Ave., by no later than 4 p.m., on Thursday.
Jonesboro Public Works Director Joe Nettleton said, while some of the items are somewhat worse for wear, some of them may be a great deal for the savvy buyer.
"All three of the cars [up for auction] are former police cars," Nettleton said. "It's all been fleet maintained. It will get you from point A to point B. I wouldn't drive them to California or anything. It's a cool ride for someone who needs one.
"We have a washing machine ... nobody knows where it came from," he said. "You might bid five bucks on it, plug it in, and it will work like a champ. You might get home and it will start smoking. Some of it is pure junk, but some it, nothing is wrong with it."
The items up for auction which require a sealed, minimum bid include: A 2000 Ford Explorer XLT, with 67,142 miles (minimum bid $1,000); a 1999 Ford Expedition XLT, with 148,753 miles (minimum bid $1,500); a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria with 140,887 miles (minimum bid $1,000); a Honda "Tempest" Power Blower (minimum bid $100); a Tecumseh "Hale" Power Blower (minimum bid $100), a 35-foot extension ladder (minimum bid $40); a set of Fusion brand custom rims - once used on an undercover police car (minimum bid $40); a Dell Server (minimum bid $25); an HP Deskjet 3820 printer (minimum bid $10); and a CanoScan LiDE 70 scanner (minimum bid $10).
Items up for auction - for which people can set their own price - include several computer monitors, keyboards, a printer, and a hard drive.
Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox said the auction will be open to all buyers, as long as they have money. "It's open to the public," he said. "People can look at the equipment [today] and then place their bids. The proceeds will go back into the general fund."
For more details, call the City of Jonesboro at (770) 478-3800.