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Surplus Babylon Town equipment may go on eBay

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14, 2011, at 200 East Sunrise Hwy. in Lindenhurst. (Credit: Carl Corry)

For years, the Town of Babylon’s department of public works has sold surplus equipment through a local auction house.

Two auctions last year brought in $182,000.

But the new public works commissioner says eBay may be the way of the future.

The online marketplace offers reduced fees for high-volume sellers but officials say they need to evaluate the entire eBay process. “We want to make sure, though, that the whole process is cheaper,” commissioner Tom Stay said.

He and public works staff will decide whether to use eBay before May 12, when the department has scheduled an auction of 19 town vehicles.

Truth in advertising: these are not glossy dream machines.

“We’ve got a lot of old pickups, 13, 14 years old, and vehicles that have been impounded and unclaimed,” he said. “They’re in decent shape. We put a minimal amount of money in to get them running.”

Highlights include a 2003 Nissan that Stay says could fetch $1,500 to $2,000 and four dependable but obsolete Henderson sand spreaders.

Stay, 28, was appointed commissioner earlier this year after Phil Berdolt left to work for Suffolk County.

Above: Babylon Town Hall

Tags: Babylon , Town , equipment , sale , eBay

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