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County's junk is someone's treasure

February 06, 2002

County's junk is someone's treasure



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County's junk proved to be bargain treasure for several local residents who bid on surplus computers and office equipment.

Some bidders were awarded five computers for $5, $10 or $50 as part of the property sale.

The county routinely disposes of surplus items this way, Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said.

Every 12 to 18 months the county accepts sealed bids on surplus property that is outdated or unused and awards the items to the highest bidder.

Once the items are determined to be of no use or value to any county office, they are stored as surplus, Assistant County Administrator Kelly Livermore, said.

"It's stuff we no longer have a need for," including two pianos formerly used at the county's nursing home, Livermore said. "Some of it's been stored for awhile."

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The surplus property was divided into lots, and Tuesday the Franklin County Board of Commissioners opened six bids from area residents who bid on:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Eleven lots of five computers each.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> One lot of 20 assorted CPUs and keyboards.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> One lot of seven assorted printers.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> One lot of office equipment, including two typewriters and two copiers.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> One lot of office furniture with an assortment of filing cabinets, desks and chairs.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> One lot of two pianos.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> One lot of scrap metal and wood.

Bidders were able to inspect the items, which have been in storage at the county's maintenance garage at the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

It will be up to the county solicitor to determine how to award items that had tie bids.

Two people bid $5 on two lots of computers and two people each bid $50 for the office equipment.

The highest bid for the office furniture was $62, and the highest bid overall was $108.96 for the two pianos.

No one bid on the scrap metal and wood, so the county will have to find another way to dispose of it.

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