GARNER — One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.
At least that’s the hope of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, which tasked the county’s department heads with clearing out the annex building — a catch-all for unused light bulbs, electronics, furniture and literature.
“The main thing is getting that emptied out and not putting anything back in there,” Supervisor Gary Rayhons said during an April 8 board meeting. “We can’t make progress going ahead to fill it back up. We all know that.”
The supervisors have been discussing cleaning out the annex, located on the corner of State and East Eighth streets, since March when county staff expressed interest in selling items in their offices, like old cabinets, desks and chairs, no longer being used.
Demolition and replacement of the annex building is on the county’s long-term capital improvement projects list, so cleaning it out would be beneficial to starting that project in the future.
Since March, the County Board has approved the removal of hundreds of light bulbs by Batteries and Bulbs for no more than $1,500 and given County Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Hoeft the go-ahead to dispose of outdated electronics piled in the annex.
Public Health has agreed to donate its items in the annex -- walkers and other equipment -- to One Vision, a Clear Lake-based nonprofit that provides in-home and employment services to individuals with disabilities.
The supervisors have also asked departments to go through the annex and their offices and identify items they wish to sell in an auction by Friday, April 19.
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That list, which will be compiled by County Auditor Michelle Eisenman, will be presented to the supervisors on April 29.
Some of the items identified this far are a one-piece 12-foot long cabinet, a free-standing cabinet, multiple desks and a collection of old law books dating back to the 1800s.
On Monday, April 15, Hoeft said he’d contact a local auctioneer to find out if the county would be able to conduct an auction instead of a sealed-bid process.
“That would be the easiest way to get rid of it,” said Supervisor Jerry Tlach, who is also board chair.
County Attorney Blake Norman said because it’s public property, the county would be required to publish notice including the date and time of the auction and a full list of items to be sold.
Hoeft is expected to report his findings to the supervisors at their next meeting, so the departments know where to move the items for sale.
“We’re not looking at a lot of dollars here, but we’ve got to do it the right way,” Rayhons said.