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Police department to hold 'Going out of Business' sale

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago December 15, 2014 Dec 15, 2014 Monday, December 15 2014 December 15, 2014 9:42 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

SORRENTO - Town leaders are set to approve the sale of police equipment, no longer needed since the town closed its police department.

Tuesday, the Sorrento Town Council will vote on a measure to "declare police equipment as surplus".  Several hundred items will likely go to the highest bidder.

For months, no one's used the equipment. Police cruisers and equipments are wasting away behind a gate at town hall since the department's not funded anymore.

Chief Fern Barnett declined an on camera interview but said she understands the direction the town is going and does not plan to fight the measure.

Auditors recently inventoried the entire department and whatever the town does not need will go, according to Mayor Mike Lambert, who also did not want to be on TV Monday.

But, he said in a phone conversation with WBRZ, even small things like desks, chairs, cabinets and computer keyboards will be offered to other municipalities then put up for auction.

Money raised will be put in the town's general fund.

"This is the proper steps we have to take," Lambert said.

Last month, voters decided to get rid of the police department but Barnett won a special election to fill former chief Earl Theriot's seat since she was unopposed. 

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