SECAUCUS -- Log on to www.GovDeals.com and among the rusted clunkers from Pikesville, Md., and Boise, Idaho, there are a few equally shabby offerings from the town of Secaucus.
Sort of like the eBay of government auctions, GovDeals.com allows local municipalities to sell off old back hoes and fire trucks online. So what’s Secaucus parting with?
Well, there’s a 1991 Ravo street sweeper, a 1975 front end loader, and enough Ford Crown Victorias to outfit a small police department.
But don’t get too excited. Town Administrator David Drumeler openly admits that several of the items have more rust than paint, and none of the vehicles would even be appropriate to give to a new teenage driver. But the items are good for generating some quick cash for the town and dumping some old stuff – what Drumeler called “surplus” – onto the junk collector.
This is the first time Secaucus has used GovDeals.com. In the past, Secaucus sold off such items through a live silent auction. If the auctions go well for the town, Drumeler said he’ll likely use the site again in the future. Auctions end in early December.