Town bylaw department auctioning off unclaimed items online

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Town of Slave Lake Peace Officers are holding an online auction.
The auction is happening through a Facebook page which was created specifically for the sale, called Town of Slave Lake: Online Auction.

Mark Becker, Senior Peace Officer for the town, said items included in the auction were at some point part of RCMP investigations; they haven’t been claimed and are now the property of the town’s bylaw enforcement department. He said there are a variety of items up for auction, items such as tools, jewelry, and electronics.

Becker explained how in the past the auction was held as a silent auction inside council chambers.

Moving the auction online will give people a longer opportunity to bid on items and raise the prices.

“Before, items received low bids on very valuable items such as a Stihl chainsaw worth $300 going for $20.”

Becker said the action will be going on until March 28, and there will be a viewing from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in council chambers the same day. Items will be available for pick-up the following day, March 29, at the town office. Any product not claimed by 4:30 p.m. will go back to officers for the following year.

“If the online auction goes well we will probably do it this way again,” said Becker.

None of the items are tested beforehand to see if they work, explained Becker. Items are sold as is. Becker said bidders are not allowed to test a product beforehand, to ensure nothing gets broken. If someone claims to be the owner of an item, RCMP and Peace Officers will return it if proof is shown.

All money raised will go back in the Peace Officers’ operating budget.

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