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County surplus auction is Saturday

By JOHN PFEIFER jpfeifer@paducahsun.com

Two antique items that have been fixtures at the McCracken County Courthouse for decades will be among dozens of confiscated, surplus or unused pieces that will be auctioned Saturday at the Carson Park Fairgrounds.

The wooden phone booth that still resides on the second floor of the courthouse is expected to be one of the most popular things to bid on. It includes a folding door with original hardware and piano-style hinge as well as inlay flooring, original seat and interior stamped wall panels.

"I'm trying to find a historic story to go with the phone booth," said County Judge-Executive Bob Leeper, but so far he hasn't come up with one. He did say that current County Commissioner Bill Bartleman used the phone booth to dictate stories when he was a reporter at The Sun.

An antique wooden file cabinet that contains 27 filing drawers, two lower cabinet doors with enclosed shelving, and two pullout writing panels also will go under the gavel at the auction starting at 10 a.m.

Leeper said a similar auction was held two years ago to dispose of items accumulated at the road and sheriff's departments over the years.

"We're trying to open up space," Leeper said, "as well as getting rid of vehicles that we've confiscated."

A one-ton dump truck, a 1979 fire truck, six pickups, four cars, a van, a motorcycle, a scooter and a flat bed trailer will be the biggest items available. Chain link fencing, road signs, appliances and furniture also will be sold.

More than 85 knives, ranging from those of the pocket variety to larger utility knives and some with sheaths, will be available.

For those with more romantic inclinations, men's and women's wedding bands, engagement rings, and a large assortment of watches, bracelets, earrings and necklaces will be available for purchase at the auction.

Saturday's auction will be conducted by Chris Colson Auction & Realty of Paducah. A full listing of items available can be found at www.colsonsells.com. Anyone interested in bidding must register at the Carson Park Fairgrounds - 300 N. 30th St. - between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Leeper said the 2015 auction raised just over $72,000 for the county, but he declined to estimate what he thought this year's would bring in. The previous auction contained large road equipment, which pushed up total receipts.

Most of the money raised will go into the county's general fund, although some departments will receive proceeds from the sale of specific items that belonged to them.

A 10 percent buyer premium will be added to the final bids to cover the auctioneer's fees. Leeper referred to the premium as "pretty common around here."

Purchasers will have until Monday to remove larger items.

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