“This bookmobile has served so many folks, from new moms who couldn't get to the library to elderly shut-ins whose only contact with the outside world were good characters in a book,” said David Gelineau, Purchasing Agent for the City of Beverly.
Beverly, MA (PRWEB) February 22, 2013
In an online auction that started on February 14th and ends on February 28th, the City of Beverly, MA is selling a 1987 Ford B 700 Bookmobile. By using an established, but innovative, online government auctions site specifically designed for municipalities, Beverly is conducting a 2-week auction of the surplus vehicle in an effort to garnish money to be put back into its budget.
The City of Beverly is using online auction site, Municibid.com to sell the items. Municibid was established in 2006 and has grown steadily since, with over 800 government agencies auctioning surplus through the efficient online system. Beverly is auctioning the hard-to-find bookmobile online because the website has an established nationwide reach growing every day. Auctions on Municibid result in competitive bidding and fair prices for government surplus items.
“This bookmobile has served so many folks, from new moms who couldn't get to the library to read to their new babies to elderly shut-ins whose only contact with the outside world were good characters in a book and the friendly bookmobile driver,” said David Gelineau, Purchasing Agent for the City of Beverly. “Now, we hope a town remodeling their library can use it as a temporary book shelter, or that a charitable party will purchase it to donate as a unique gift to a community. This bookmobile has created many smiles and can keep on giving.”
Municibid Founder and CEO, Greg Berry said, “Taxpayer demand and tightened budgets require government agencies to look for new ways of increasing non-tax revenue. Municibid is an easy way to achieve this and at no cost to the agency.” Berry added, “Auction items will reach a much broader, national audience of competing bidders, leading to better net results.”
The vehicle is listed as a 1987 Ford B 700 Bookmobile. It has 26,500 GVW and Air Brakes with a Kohler generator in rear and oak shelving inside. There is some rust on the wheelwells, body, doors, and floors. It runs but needs work. The vehicle – side to side – is 7.5 feet wide. The walk area between the shelves down the center varies from 5.5 to 3.5 feet. Total length from front window to back of the vehicle is approximately 22 feet. City officials describe this bookmobile as very unique and hard to find.
The City of Beverly’s online auction of this government surplus item ends on February 28th. The listing for the bookmobile can be found here: http://www.municibid.com/detail.asp?id=15056&n=1987-Ford-B-700-Bookmobile
Municibid.com is an online government auctions platform serving over 800 state and local government agencies across the US from cities like Philadelphia, Boston and Baton Rouge, to small towns, authorities, school districts and universities. Municibid is designed for government agencies to more effectively sell surplus, forfeitures and other no longer needed items to the public via a convenient and easy-to-use website. Municibid proactively markets items nationwide via social media and traditional avenues at no cost to the selling agency.