Hancock County is nearing its public auction.
On Monday, April 29, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors gave County Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Hoeft the go-ahead to contact Lee Hefty, an auctioneer with Hefty Auction Service in Kanawha, with its list of more than 20 items to sell.
“That’s the best option we have,” said Supervisor Gary Rayhons.
The list, which was compiled by April 24 ahead of the meeting, features items from the annex, auditor’s office, attorney’s office, assessor’s office and Law Enforcement Center.
Some of the items identified 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.
Hoeft said he’d contact Hefty after the meeting to set up a walk-through of the county’s items to determine whether they’re sellable and report back to the supervisors.
Because it’s public property, the county will be required to publish notice including the date and time of the auction and a full list of items to be sold ahead of the event.
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The County Board has been discussing cleaning out the annex, a catch-all for unused light bulbs, electronics, furniture and literature 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.
Hoeft told the supervisors since its last meeting, the more than 40 TVs and computer monitors in the annex had been disposed, and Batteries and Bulbs of Mason City had made progress on getting rid of hundreds of old light bulbs.
“You can see a change over there,” he said.