Fall online auction raises $310,000

The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has announced that the fall Monmouth County surplus auction generated $310,802, bringing the combined total of the county’s online surplus property auctions to $1,922,283.

The county began conducting its surplus property auctions completely online in 2008, according to a press release.

Surplus property from the county’s Fleet Services, Bridge Department, Buildings and Grounds, Reclamation Center, Park System and seized and surplus property from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was sold to the highest bidders.

“This fall auction included an extendedtime auction for surplus heavy construction equipment which resulted in more bidders submitting bids from many states,” Freeholder Robert D. Clifton said. “The 1994 articulated loader that sold for $25,000 had 49 bidders.”

Generally, the county has two auctions a year – spring and fall. The auctions are coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Engineering, Division of Fleet Services with assistance provided by the Department of Purchasing.

“By continuing to conduct the surplus and seized property auctions online, the county eliminates the need to pay overtime for security and item pick-up,” Clifton said. “The online auction has made this process a revenue stream.”

The auction was conducted Oct. 16 through Oct. 27. As usual, vehicles made up a good share of the items that hit the auction block. Also on the auction list were office, grounds and turf, and food concession equipment, heavy construction equipment and other miscellaneous items, according to the press release.

The auction was conducted by Auction Liquidation Services of Eatontown. A complete list of the items included in the auction was viewed online with pictures and descriptions, as well as terms of sale and other relevant information.