Town brings in $7,600 from sale of surplus highway equipment

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – An open bidding process for equipment owned by the town’s Highway Department brought in $7,668 this month, with participants scoring deals on old and less-than useful trucks, cars, plows, tires and more.

According to a communication from Finance Director Cynthia Dejesus, bidding was held on Tuesday, April 13 at Town Hall at 83 Green St. Sealed bids were submitted for 19 items that Public Works Director Ray Pendergast had determined were no longer needed, including surplus equipment such as a 2,600-gallon waste oil tank, with hopes to award pieces to the highest bidder.

Pendergast said that such sales take place roughly once a year, and provide an opportunity to get rid of often broken-down equipment no longer needed by the town.

“They’ve passed their lifetime with us here,” he said. “Most would have to be fixed up.”

The recent sale included a 12,500 watt electrical generator, which was purchased by Allard Construction of Slatersville for $125, and a 15 foot single axle Shadowmaster trailer, sold to Seth Amato of North Smithfield for $752.

Two 2004 Ford Trucks, a F150 and a F350, were both purchased by Plante’s Auto Sales of Woonsocket, for $310, and $1,181 respectively. Plante’s also purchased a 2004 GMC dump truck for $775; a 2003 GMC dump truck for $731; a 1998 Chevy dump truck for $613; a 2013 Ford Sedan for $431; and a 2011 Crown Vic for $251.

The sales are advertised locally but typically only bring in a handful of bidders, such as repair shops, that would have a use for the items.

Funds brought in this month totaled $7,668, and the Town Council voted unanimously on Monday, April 19 to release the items to the highest bidders.

Pendergast said that the proceeds will likely go back to the town’s general fund.

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