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Irvington puts old parking meters up for auction
The good news for the Village of Irvington is that people will buy anything these days – including beat-up, coin-operated, electronic parking meters.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 265 visitors had checked out 48 of the old parking meters up for sale on GovDeals.com, an eBay-style government surplus website. The fact that those items are frankly described as being in “worn condition” has not stopped the bids from climbing steadily to $380.
“Whatever we can get for it is more money than the village has now,” said Village Administrator Lawrence Schopfer.
Last month, the village yanked out the 18-year-old meters at the 24-space commuter parking lot that the municipality maintains at the Ardsley-on-Hudson Metro-North station and replaced them with a central parking machine that spits out paper tickets.
Added with the extra hardware in storage, the village had 48 meters to offer at an opening bid of $50. The bidding closes at 12:29 p.m. Monday, and Schopfer will be glad to get rid of them.
“They were all basically working, but we were keeping them up on a shoestring, a shoelace,” he said.
Going online to do this latest bit of spring cleaning made sense because the website has been effective the past 10 times, Schopfer said.
Irvington first went online to clean out its municipal closets in May 2010, when its 21-year-old fire truck was sold to a lucky bidder for $5,250. Other items that the village has unloaded since then include a 15-year-old dump truck in bad condition ($2,019) and some computer equipment ($200), Schopfer said.
When it was time to unload the old meters, village officials knew they would go back to GovDeals.com rather than EBay.com because “we found that the people who are subscribed for this particular site are a better target,” Schopfer said. “We do sell some things that are kind of quirky like this once in a while."
To keep track of the action, check out the bidding at http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=11&acctid=3029
The machines that replaced the parking meters were installed a few weeks ago. The system cost $15,000 and will cover the 24 spaces in the lot that are available to anyone and not restricted to permit holders.