Dewey Beach Sets Auction Date for Military Surplus Equipment
DEWEY BEACH, Del.- The town of Dewey Beach has been involved with the military surplus program for more than a decade, allowing the police department to trade equipment to help cover its expenses. A date has been set to auction off unused and unwanted equipment.
On Sept. 14, Emmert Auction Associates will auction off close to 3,000 pieces of equipment from the town's storage lot on Cedar Grove Road in Lewes.
"It was just taking forever and it felt like we weren't keeping our promise to get rid of this equipment," says Redefer.
Mayor Redefer and Bauer say that if this auction goes well, they would like to see the town hold future auctions to sell some of its other assets and that wouldn't be limited to military surplus equipment.
"Old lifeguard chairs. I'd like to see that money get used for lifeguard needs and old police equipment that we don't need anymore, I'd like to see that get used for police."
"From our beach patrol to our code enforcement to our police department is all part of the functions of our town, so no matter where the money goes it's going to go towards the betterment of public safety in our town," says Redefer.
The town is still part of the program and can get more equipment. If it chooses to do so, that will be orchestrated through town management to benefit town as a whole and not solely the police department.
Bauer and Redefer say that after the sale, they would like to see the money earned from this equipment continue to benefit the police department and better the town as a whole. Of course the town will first have to take a vote.