GRAFTON, Mass. —The Town of Grafton received almost $30,000 in bids for six obsolete municipal vehicles that were auctioned on an eBay type website designed for cities and towns.
The website, publicsurplus.com, posted the final bids when the auction ended Wednesday morning. The biggest seller was a 1997 Elgin Pelican street sweeper with 12,562 miles. After 500 bids, the first which appeared on Feb. 6, the highest bidder was a person titled "budweiser 26" who offered $14,600.
The next highest was a 1987 Mack Truck with a winning bid of $7,225.
Kevin J. Mizikar, the assistant town administrator for Grafton, said in early February he anticipated the total sale of all six items raised to be about $10,000.
The sales are not final until they are approved by the Board of Selectmen on March 5.
If they are, the winners will be contacted by the auction website, Public Surplus, based in Provo, Utah, and collect the money by wire transfer or credit card. The winner will pay sales tax and a 10 percent buyer’s premium, which goes to the site. The town collects the full winning bid with no fee.
The winner is responsible for picking up the item, which might include a flat bed tow truck. “Some of them would not be able to be driven off the site under their own power,” said Mizikar in early February.
All money raised will go to the town’s general fund, Mizikar said.