Public Works auction Saturday
October 17, 2005
Looking for a 12-foot Viking plow to clear the snow on your driveway? Or perhaps your dream vehicle is on the block at the Pitkin County Public Works Department’s annual vehicle and equipment auction Saturday.This year’s crop yields a 3,500-gallon water truck, a spray rig, an electric bike, a few Jeeps and a Subaru Outback, among others. The money from the auction will go back to the county departments from which it originated to purchase replacement vehicles.Auctions in the past have included sealed bids and live auctioneers. This year will be an open silent auction.Rego Omerigic of the Public Works Department said there are great deals to be had. The Viking plow would cost up to $5,000 new and can sell at an auction for half that price. A water truck can cost as much as $190,000 but can go as low as $40,000 at an auction.”Some years we have things that can go a lot lower than expected,” Omerigic said. “One year we sold a Jeep that was worth $38,000 and went for just $2,000.”Most who attend the vehicle auction are from the construction industry, Omerigic said. “Most counties send their used vehicle to an auction house, but we like to keep the vehicles within Pitkin County to allow the public to get a low-cost deal.”The auction will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. at Pitkin County Public Works’ shop at 76 Service Center Road, across from the Pitkin County airport. For more information, contact Omerigic at 920-5393.