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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • City prepares for first auction in three years

  • City hosting first surplus equipment auction in three years.
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  • “There’s going to be something for everybody.”
    That’s how Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city of Hannibal, assessed the assortment of “goodies” that will be available on Saturday, Oct. 6, when surplus items are put up for auction.
    “We have everything from trucks, plows, tractors and skid steers to desks, computers and file cabinets. There will be just about anything you can imagine. We have a lot of things from every department,” he said.
    There should be a bumper crop of items on the auction block since this will be the first city auction since 2009.
    “Once we establish we have enough equipment and things to sell, that’s when we come up with one (auction). We normally like to have one every year, but it’s been a couple of years that we’ve been trying to get one going,” said Chaplin. “In three years we’ve gathered a lot of stuff.  I’m sure it’s going to be a great auction.”
    The auction originally had been scheduled for the last Saturday in September, but the decision was made to push the city’s sale back a week.
    “MoDOT was having their auction and there were other auctions going on that weekend, and we wanted to draw that crowd,” said Chaplin.
    With the change of date came a new location. Rather than the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, Saturday’s auction will take place at the Street Department building off of Warren Barrett Drive.
    Chaplin, who anticipates a crowd of at least 100 people, says there will be ample parking. In addition to utilizing the Street Department’s lot, Chaplin is hoping to make parking available along Warren Barrett, where typically parking is prohibited.
    “We’ll make sure nobody will get their car towed or ticketed,” he said.
    Proceeds from each item sold will return to the department that provided it.
    Serving as auctioneer will be John Yancey, who Chaplin noted has waived his fee to help the city.
    The gates will open at 7 a.m. so the public can begin inspecting the sale items. The auction will start at 9 a.m. According to Chaplin, an assortment of food and beverages will be available.
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