County wants to put old car up for bid

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 29, 2005

This ride will be sold to the highest bidder — literally.

The Lawrence County Commission Thursday agreed they would rather see a 1986 Ford Mustang put up for bid in an effort to get the most money out of it rather than sell it without bid to a long interested party.

Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton said the Mustang was forfeited several years ago in a drug arrest and has been sitting on a sheriff’s office lot since then.

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Recently, someone offered him $500 for the car. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Jeff Smith advised Sexton that since the car was worth less than $2,500, a bid was not required in order to dispose of it.

But Commissioner George Patterson made the motion to put the car up for bid anyway.

“I just can’t go that route,” Patterson said.

In other action, the commission Thursday awarded a contract to the law firm of McCown and Associates for consulting services for the year 2006 and met in executive session with attorney Mark McCown to discuss contract negotiations with various county unions.

The commissioners also agreed to transfer 15 surplus computers to the youth department of the Sanctuary of Grace church.