Southampton County to auction surplus property

Published 9:46 am Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bargain hunters in Southampton County will have an opportunity to find a deal on several vehicles that the county has deemed too old or not worth the expense of fixing. The board of supervisors adopted a resolution on Monday evening that allows them to be sold at an upcoming auction.

Six pickups from the county department of public works and public utilities, and one truck from the department of community development, will be available to the highest bidder at Blythe Auctioneer’s Spring Consignment Auction on March 21.

“By and large, none of these vehicles are useful to Southampton County,” said County Administrator Michael W. Johnson.

The vehicles listed in the resolution include: one 1990 Chevrolet Pickup, VIN 1GCDC14H5LE158453; one 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, VIN 1GCCS14Z3M2247089; one 1998 Dodge Dakota, VIN 1B7FL26XXWS740850; one 2000 Dodge Pickup, VIN 1B7GG26X7YS726156; one 2000 Jeep Cherokee, VIN 1J4FF28S8YL155541; one 2000 Dodge Ram 1500, VIN 1B7HC13Z8YJ140233; and one 2001 GMC Pickup, VIN 1GTEK14V61E247989. Among the notable problems, some vehicles have excess rust, high mileage and/or no battery.

The proceeds from the sale of this property will be deposited into the county’s general fund, which is a reserve balance that can be used for capital projects, start-up expenditures, reduce susceptibility to emergency or unanticipated expenditures or to meet season shortfalls in cash.

“There are no specific plans for the proceeds from the sale,” Johnson said. “They’ll be deposited in the county’s bank account, until later appropriated for expenditure by the board of supervisors.”

Anyone wishing in an early inspection of the vehicles can do so in the days leading up to the auction at 28429 General Thomas Highway. To bid on the aforementioned items, prospective buyers should contact Ben Blythe at 620-9171. Cash or check will be the only accepted form of payment, and all equipment will be sold as-is.