MOUNT VERNON — Over the years, the former Central School building on Chestnut Street, which will soon be renovated as part of a $4 million Knox County project, became a “storage ground” for no-longer-used county items.
They range from office furniture and file cabinets to bathroom fixtures to partitions if you want to have a meeting quickly “divided” from the other part of the room. Even a few old floor buffers used by janitors need new homes, as do some large-size window air conditioning units. It got so crowded in the old school that some of the oldest items of yesterday are kept in the lowest levels of the Knox County Service Center.
The Knox County Commissioners took the first step Thursday toward disposing of no-longer-needed county property. They entered into a contract with The Ruckman Group LLC of Mount Vernon, a father-son duo that conducts auctions, to dispose of the items within 30 days using an online auction format. Offers will soon be accepted — over a period of days — through online bidding. Online bidding was used when Connell’s Furniture went out of business and it was successful, county Administrator Jason Booth said.
Under contract terms, The Ruckman Group will receive 35 percent of the gross of all sale proceeds. A buyer’s premium — or fee — of 15 percent will be assessed on each buyer, to go to county government and offset loss of property. Commissioners said items are currently being stored in an off-site location in preparation for online bidding.
In other matters, commissioners:
•Heard from Booth that the county is waiting on final approval of building permits for the Central School renovation project. The approval will come from the state building examiner and is expected any day.
•Approved May 2019 Investment Income of $53,743 from the County Treasurer. This is on pace to reach about $600,000 by the end of the year, Booth said. Bemiller offered that during the economic recession that started in late 2008 and early 2009, Knox County investment income of more than $1 million was wiped out. The current investment income is doing well, she said.