JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Sheriff's Department will offer the county's municipalities the first crack at buying some of its surplus personal watercraft, snowmobiles and trailers.
Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey originally thought it was advantageous to put the surplus equipment items - which would be too costly to repair - up for public auction.
"We have some equipment that is no longer serviceable and it costs more to repair than what it is worth," he told the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee last week.
When the sheriff suggested auctioning off the items, county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said it might be more proper to offer them first to the county's municipalities.
Stead, the county's purchasing agent, said a "small" minimum bid could be suggested for the municipalities initially. The county then could consider auctioning off the equipment as a secondary option, he said.
"I would put them out as a package," Stead said.
He said money from the sale would go into the general fund.
The committee voted to authorize sale of the items through a proposed board resolution.
That resolution will be considered for final approval by the board at its next meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building.
Lorey said he wanted to authorize sale of the surplus items and remove them from the sheriff's office inventory. The items - two personal watercrafts, two trailers and two snowmobiles - previously were used in naval patrols and investigations. They were acquired by the Sheriff's Department in 1998 and 2002.
Name brands on the equipment include Bombardier Seadoo, Loadrite and Polaris.
Lorey said although the department ended its formal navigation patrols a couple years ago, the county's lakes are still monitored by law enforcement.
He said lake patrols are done by parks police, state police and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
"Sometimes, there are more cops on the lakes than the boats," the sheriff said.
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