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Some find treasures in city’s trash

by writer on June 6, 2011

Some find treasures in city’s trash

The Public Safety Building’s east side parking lot turned into an auction ring on Saturday. Hundreds of bicycles, almost a dozen vehicles, tables filled with boxes of computers and other electronic equipment and miscellaneous items that the City of Danville no longer needed filled one side of the lot. Those who came out for the auction quickly filled the spaces that remained; latecomers had to park elsewhere.

Even with all the items up for sale, Col. Ronald Calhoun found enough room to drive his truck between them. He switched back and forth between the different categories of merchandise. That kept the crowd moving and on its toes.

The bicycles were the first items to go on the auction block. Calhoun started most of them at about $30, but if he didn’t get the price he wanted, he dropped the opening bid to as low as $1.

Jim Meyer of Danville bought his nephew, Brad Waller, a 15 speed Roadmaster. The two agreed that it would cost more than $100 new, but Meyer said, “I got it for $13 or $14, I’m not sure. All that’s wrong with it is it’s missing a small bolt.

“He visits me from Champaign on the weekends,” the uncle said about his nephew. “Now he’ll have something to ride when he’s here.”

Next on the duo’s wish list: a computer, preferably a laptop.

Robert Fauver was looking elsewhere when he realized what he really wanted was being sold. He ran around the auction truck just in time to make the winning bid on a vehicle diagnostic unit.

“I work on cars for my family and my friend,” the Tilton man said. “This analyzes what’s wrong with an engine. It has the manual with it, so I’ll be able to read all about how it works.

“I planned to bid up to $40 for it,” he said. “The hand held scanners they use now cost as much as $300.

“I almost missed bidding because I was looking at some speakers. That’s why I had to go to $45 to get it.”

It wasn’t long before something caught the Carters’ eyes. Like all boys with toys, a bright red fire truck drew them to it like a magnet a 1979 American LaFrance pumper that the city included in the sale.

“If it’s cheap enough, I’ll buy it,” the younger Carter said. “I’d give $400 or $500 for it. I could cut it up and scrap it. Look at all the aluminum. I could sell that, and someone would want that diesel motor.

“If it won’t drive, I’ve got a 10 ton trailer it could fit on.”

His dad said, “I could always use it for a lawn ornament.”

Greg Tissier, a Danville CPA, looked at the electronics up for sale. He hoped to find a laser printer at a good price.

“I think having the auction this way is a good idea,” he said. “The taxpayers originally bought this merchandise. Now they have the cheap jerseys cialis canada pharmacy. opportunity to buy it back for themselves.”.