The Ottumwa Courier

May 1, 2013

Auction helps courthouse cleanup

BY CINDY TOOPES Courier Staff Writer
Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — Wapello County officials decided it was time to clean up some areas at the Wapello County Courthouse and maybe sell some of the findings.

Wapello County Treasurer Dianne Kiefer extended a thank you to all county staff who helped find the old stuff and straighten up storage areas. She told the Wapello County Supervisors at their meeting Tuesday that County Engineer Brian Moore helped, as well as members of his department.

“Secondary Roads had the high-priced stuff,” Kiefer said.

Kiefer said gathering the stuff for auction was worth the effort.

“The stuff was just sitting around,” Kiefer told the supervisors. “We closed out at $54,788.83. It was a good sale, and I’m satisfied.”

Supervisor Steve Siegel wondered what items sold “like hot cakes.”

Moore said some machinery sold quickly. Examples included an old military forklift and a track loader.

Also, those departments who participated included the sheriff’s department with net proceeds of $5,165.71; courthouse office equipment, $2,520.67; license plates, $2,378.33; and secondary road department, $44,724.12.

The total net proceeds were $54,788.83.