Auction planned for Fayette school items 9.24

Written by David Green.

In the market for a commercial meat grinder? How about a three-story hydraulic elevator or a public address system?

While items such as those don’t fit the needs of most households, there are plenty of other more common goods that will be available Oct. 3 and 4 when items from Fayette’s two old school buildings are offered for sale.

Items from the Franklin building will be sold at the school on St. Rt. 66 beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 3. The sale will move to the main building in town at 10 a.m. Oct. 4. Jerry Schaffner of Fayette will serve as auctioneer.

Many materials were transferred from the old buildings to the new, but the construction project covered the cost of many replacements, such as desks, chairs, cafeteria tables, lockers and storage cabinets and shelves.

Items of that sort will join an array of electronics, kitchen appliances, window air conditioners, basketball backboards and shop equipment.

The sale will also include materials from the schools’ mechanical systems, such as water heaters, a boiler and gas furnace.

Interior doors are on the auction list, but exterior doors and windows will be left in place due to safety concerns, said superintendent of schools Russ Griggs.

The company chosen for the demolition will have all salvage rights, he said, and will collect the remaining metals in the school, such as copper water lines.

Five bids for demolition were received, but bid opening was rescheduled for this week due to the need for clarification in the specifications.

Removal of hazardous materials is complete at a cost of $13,700, Griggs said, much lower than what was budgeted.

Griggs said that Schaffner and a team of volunteers went through the two school buildings to catalogue the items for the sale. Most items will be placed in the gymnasiums for the auction.

A list of sale items is published in this week’s Observer.

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