County to auction surplus vehicles

Published 10:53 am Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Those in Southampton County looking to find a deal on a number of vehicles that the county has deemed too old or not worth the expense of fixing are in luck, as the board of supervisors adopted a resolution at Monday evening’s board meeting that allows them to be sold at an upcoming action. One pickup from the county department of public works and one Jeep from the sheriff’s office will be available to the highest bidder at Blythe Auctioneer’s Fall Consignment Auction on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The vehicles listed in the resolution include a 2001 GMC Pickup, VIN 1GTEK14V61E247295, with 273,000 miles; and a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, VIN 1J4GZ78Y3VC745283, with 140,000 miles, a roof leak and alternator problems. The Jeep was previously donated to the county by Dominion Virginia Power.

“There are no specific plans for the proceeds from the sale,” county administrator Michael W. Johnson said prior to the spring consignment sale, which saw six county vehicles sold. “They’ll be deposited in the county’s bank account until later appropriated for expenditure by the board of supervisors.”

As with all surplus property, the proceeds from the sale will be deposited into the county’s general fund — a reserve balance that can be used for capital projects, start-up expenditures, reduce susceptibility to emergency or unanticipated expenditures or to meet seasonal shortfalls in cash.

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. The auction will begin at 9 a.m. 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.