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August 30, 2013

Essex Town Hall selling stuff to make way for repairs

ESSEX — It may be a very late start, but Essex is doing some spring cleaning at Town Hall in preparation for some much needed repairs.

The town will be clearing out anything that is deemed unneeded, and selling the items to the highest bidder. An auction is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the TOHP Burnham Library, which shares the Town Hall building at 30 Martin St.

Hopeful buyers will be able to view the items and make a bid. Unlike a typical yard sale or silent auction, an envelope will be attached to each item and a prospective buyer can place a bid, but nobody will be able to view other bids on items.

The deadline for accepting offers is 2 p.m., after which Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki will read aloud the highest bid. From there, the buyer will have to show up by 3 p.m. with a check made out to the town, otherwise the item goes to the next highest bidder. Those looking to buy must show up in person by 3 p.m.

“We’re trying to dispose of any items that we no longer use,” Zubricki said, adding that primarily, furniture is being auctioned.

“The goal is to have the items sold and carried off all in the same day,” he said.

Any items not sold at the auction will be given away to anyone interested or thrown away.

In order to save money as well as manual labor, the town will be using inmates supervised by correctional officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to move larger items onto the nearby lawn.

Zubricki said the prisoner program is a tremendously helpful one that the town has used before.

“It’s a very tried and tested program that they have finely tuned,” he said.

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