Houston County Auctions Off Used Equipment

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Houston County is selling road and bridge equipment for the public to purchase.

Wednesday, the county commission held a special meeting in order to decide who will be auctioning off the goods.

Roughly $3 million dollars worth of Houston County equipment is up for sale.

Items like dump trucks and motor graters will be auctioned off to bidders.

After careful review, the commission made an agreement for Deanco to handle the auction.

Mark Culver said, "We've been very pleased with Deanco. They've done a lot of good work, and are a great success story; the growth they've had. We wanted to be fair with everybody and at least contact them to find out their abilities. So, we tabled it until this meeting."

Deanco Auction Company has worked with Houston County before, and already has ideas on how to sell the machinery.

Donnie Dean said, "We've got a large auction coming up at the end of January, January 31st; the majority of equipment will be sold then. We are gonna’ carry some pieces to another major auction in February; the 16th and 17th in Kissimmee, Florida and there's a possibility a few pieces may be sold there."

Several companies were interested in taking the job, and because of the Bid Law, the commission waited to hear back from other auction companies.

The Bid Law states that anything worth more than $7500 has to be sent out to various companies to bid on.

It turns out, the bid law does not apply to auctioneers.

Culver added, "We have to go by the competitive Bid Law, Publics Work Law, and other laws; this however is professional services. They are also exempt from the Bid Law, like architects, engineers, auctioneers and medical."

Before choosing, the commission sent out questionnaires to eight auction companies, asking for certain criteria including guarantee of profit and experience.

The money made from the auctions will go right back into the county; it will be counted as revenue and added to the new budget.

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