- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - It’s all for sale to the highest bidder: pipes, valves, fittings, street signs and other assorted items of brass, steel, aluminum and stainless steel owned by the city of Vicksburg.

Vicksburg is disposing of surplus of scrap metal that’s been sitting in storage areas at the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road, the vehicle maintenance shop on China Street and the streets department on Army Navy Drive.

The Vicksburg Post reported (https://bit.ly/1jE8aan) the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has authorized City Clerk Walter Armstrong to begin the process of advertising for bids for the unwanted metal.

“We’re hoping to sell it all for the highest price possible,” city purchasing agent Ann Grimshel said, adding the scrap will be weighed at the storage sites when the winning bidder picks it up to determine the total price.

The scrap inventory going out for bid does not include the remaining parts and equipment from the steamboat Sprague. The board discussed selling the boat’s salvaged parts for scrap, but is considering a way to display the items for tourism purposes. Some pieces, like the boiler and engine parts, require heavy equipment to lift and move.

Pictures accompanying the bid specifications give potential bidders an idea of the inventory, showing piles scrap parts and lines of pipe at the water department, surplus signs at the street department and vehicle parts.

“We’ve got old car parts - tie rods, rotors, anything metal, we pulled off and put in our pile,” said Barry Warnock, the city’s vehicle maintenance director.

One shot shows an old V-8 engine block.

“That’s an old diesel engine,” Warnock said. “It came out of a ‘94 truck, and it cost too much to repair. They ended up replacing the truck.”

Items stored at the streets department include parts from equipment that were replaced, and street signs and the poles that supported them.

“Those are signs that were damaged or were old and replaced,” Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman said. “The poles were damaged when people either ran into them or ran over them.”

Van Norman said other scrap up for bid includes fittings and valves from old water wells, valves and fittings that were replaced on water lines and meter boxes that were replaced last year when the city swapped them for new digital meters to more accurately read water use.

“It’s just a lot of old metal equipment and pipes that can’t be used and we don’t need it,” Van Norman said.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com


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