By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — After two presentations over two months from auction services, the Trinity City Council decided to skip signing contracts and instead allow the respective department heads to decide how best to sell surplus items.
At the council’s regular meeting on Thursday, the council decided unanimously not to pursue using Trinity’s Asset Marketing Pros or the national firm of Public Surplus.
Council Member Bubba Smith said that while he prefers to use local firms for as much as possible, he was elected to make decisions that would be best for all city residents.
Council Member Scott Womack said that the Fire Department sold several surplus vehicles without using any service, and that the effort worked well. He said that there was no need for contracts, that department heads can get items declared surplus through the council, and then make their own decisions on how the items are sold.
In other business, the council:
•approved the installation of security cameras at the Public Works barn at a cost of $9,500;
•approved the repair of a streetlight on Hamilton Avenue; and
•approved the tax roll for the next fiscal year as provided by the Trinity County Appraisal District.