Houses among featured items at ENMU auction

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer

Going once, going twice, sold!

Several unused items from various Eastern New Mexico University departments will be auctioned off in a “giant garage-sale” Aug. 12, including vehicles, classroom items, houses and even an actual garage.

The auction will be at 9 a.m. in the ENMU parking lot at the corner of South Avenue O and U.S. 70, according to an ENMU press release. It is expected to last until 4 p.m.

“It is a way to get rid of things no longer useable for the university,” said David Moon, supervisor of inventory control at ENMU. The ENMU Physical Plant organizes the auction bi-annually.

He said the items to be auctioned are either obsolete or a department is going through changes and upgrading equipment.

“It’s a way of recycling. It benefits everybody.”

Six houses and two garages owned by the university will be auctioned off that day. The houses must be moved from their current lot by the highest bidder to make room for new student housing expected to be up by August 2007, according to an ENMU press release.

“The houses range from fair to good. They will be sold as is, with a no minimum bid on anything,” Moon said. In the past, the houses were rented out by the university to faculty and staff.

The houses are located on Avenue I, 15th, 16th and 17th streets in Portales. They will be auctioned off at noon, Moon said.

Various types of equipment, furniture and appliances are on the auction list.

“There is everything from desks, shop equipment, vehicles, lots of chairs, some filing cabinets and mattresses for example,” Moon said.
The 11 university vehicles to be auctioned off come from the college’s motor pool, a currently obsolete service.

Moon said there will be a lot of science equipment since the science building is being remodeled.

Currently the items are being accumulated at the parking lot, a task that takes up to 10 days. Moon said he urges people anytime to walk around the parking lot, and find something they could use.

“With a little imagination, anybody can find something out there and say ‘I can use that,’ or ‘I can convert that.’”

He also mentioned it was a way to recover some of the taxpayers’ money.

For more information about the auction, or for tours of the houses up for auction, call Moon at 562-2606.