By Beth David, Editor
The annual Fairhaven town auction brought in a healthy $11,808 from selling off surplus equipment, vehicles, recovered items, etc., on Saturday, 9/28/19.
A larger than normal crowd assembled at the public works garage, probably due to the large number of vehicles and power tools available.
The biggest fetch of the day was 1999 Ford Tractor for $4,000, with well-known car dealer Louis Baptista taking it away. Mr. Baptista was also high bidder on a Gravelly mower with plow, for $900.
Vehicles made up the other high-ticket items with a dump truck going for $2600, and a dump load lugger/conversion truck going for $1300.
A Ford Crown Victoria from the Highway Department only fetched $300, and a 2004 Acura from the police department only fetched $250.
And although a few items did not get a bid, a very beat-up eight-foot inflatable dinghy went for $25.
“That’s great,” said Selectboard chair Charles K. Murphy, Sr., who played auctioneer. “I thought I was going to have to pay someone to take it out of here.”
Brent Erickson bought to kayaks, including a green one with a small hole in it. He paid $15 for that one, and $205 for the other one.
He said the plan is to fix the green one and sell it, and that will pay for the red one.
There were scores of bicycles that sold in lots or individually, office equipment, some exercise equipment, several chainsaws, and other yard equipment.
Items come from a variety of places, including surplus equipment when departments upgrade, and items found abandoned by the police department, such as bicycles along the bike path.
The auction is held in September every year and is handled by the Board of Public Works.
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