Williamstown plans auction of city-owned property

WILLIAMSTOWN – City council Tuesday approved the first auction of city-owned property in several years.

“This is something we need to do,” said Mayor Jean Ford.

The auction will be held at 6 p.m. June 27 at the city building on W. Fifth Street.

Items to be auctioned include seven vehicles such as a 1990 GMC dump truck and 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, several trash pumps, several bicycles, printers, fax machines, copiers, a television, four cameras and three new toilets.

“This is the same procedure we have always followed,” said city attorney Blaine Myers.

The last auction of city-owned property Williamstown held was in 2007.

A formal legal notice will be published soon.

The second reading of the ordinance will be held during the June 18 council meeting.

Following the auction, any items left with a fair market value of less than $1,000 can be sold by Ford for the best terms of sale without another auction, according to the state code.

In other business

Ford reminded residents about putting signs in front of Tomlinson Park.

“The signs people have put out, the city has taken down,” the mayor said. “We seem to have this problem every year; that is not a place to advertise.”

In 2011 and last year, city council discussed the numerous signs placed in front of the welcome sign for the park at West Fifth Street and Highland Avenue.

Ford has said the city spends a lot of time and money to keep the parks clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Posters and signs at that street corner impact the appearance and negate the city’s hard work, she said.

Council approved to allow the city to advertise for bids for electrical work for emergency generators to the water and sewer plants. “We really need to do this so we can get on with it and keep the water and sewer plants safe,” Ford said.

Council passed the first reading of an ordinance amending the floodplain ordinance as requested by the state. According to the state, the ordinance will become law Nov. 6.

The second reading will be held during the June 18 meeting.