SPRINGFIELD – The Police Department, just three months after selling 31 bashed, stripped cruisers from its rear lot, is back for another sales event this time featuring 17 old, junk forfeited cars now lining the same lot.
The cars now being sold, most dating back to the early and mid-1990s, are obsolete and in junk condition, said Police Sgt. Richard C. Hottin, fleet manager. The cars are being sold in a single package to one buyer, and must be discarded as scrap by the buyer under the bid requirements, he said.
Sealed bids are due by Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., at the chief procurement office at City Hall.
Many of the cars were turned over to the department by the District Attorney's office in forfeiture cases including some that were subsequently used by the department for vice squad and drug cases and surveillance, Hottin said.
In late August, Chuckran Auto Parts Inc. of Bridgewater, submitted the high bid of $7,055 for the 31 junk cruisers, with the company having to quickly remove the cars at its own expense, under the bid requirements.
The obsolete cruisers were in a heavily weeded lot on Worthington Street behind the police station at 130 Pearl St. The removal of the cars led to a major cleanup of the lot by the city, Hottin said.
The upcoming sale of the 17 junk cars will help to keep the lot more orderly, Hottin said.
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