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Village of Dannemora auctioning off former school’s contents

Restaurant equipment, desks among hundreds of surplus items

Surplus equipment left behind by the Saranac Central School District in the former Dannemora Elementary School building will be up for auction next Saturday, Oct. 15. Bridge Street Auction Service, Plattsburgh, will host the auction at the new Village of Dannemora Office Building, located at 40 Emmons St., beginning with a preview at 9 a.m.

Surplus equipment left behind by the Saranac Central School District in the former Dannemora Elementary School building will be up for auction next Saturday, Oct. 15. Bridge Street Auction Service, Plattsburgh, will host the auction at the new Village of Dannemora Office Building, located at 40 Emmons St., beginning with a preview at 9 a.m. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— Everything must go — well, almost everything.

The village of Dannemora is cleaning house at its new office building on outer Emmons Street, getting rid of surplus equipment left behind by the building’s previous owner.

Mayor Michael Bennett said hundreds of items once owned by the Saranac Central School District will go up for auction Saturday, Oct. 15, in the hopes the village will bring in some extra money. The village purchased the 22,363 sq. ft. building, earlier this year and completed the move of several of its departments from its former location up the street over the summer.

“The village departments have already come and picked through the stuff they could use,” said Bennett, referring to the contents of the building which once housed the former Dannemora Elementary School. “Now, we’re just trying to auction off what’s left.”

And, there’s plenty left, said Bennett.

“There’s a lot of restaurant supplies — freezers, walk-in coolers, pots and pans, stoves,” said the mayor. “It’s mainly commercial stuff that we don’t want.”

It’s Bennett’s hope the sale of the surplus equipment — which also includes desks, chairs, projectors and lunch room tables, among other items — will help pay down the 30-year bond the village took out to cover the $350,000 cost of purchasing the property and any other associated costs with renovating the old school building.

Making a profit from the sale of the items is even more important given the 2 percent property tax cap recently enacted by the state legislature, which is causing concerns for municipalities like the village of Dannemora, said Bennett.

“Because of [the tax cap], it’s very important,” said Bennett. “Any extra money we can generate is going to help us.”

Already, the village has made approximately $800 on the sale of some scrap metal that was among the contents. Depending on the outcome of the auction, additional contents could be sold for scrap as well.

“There is a lot of stuff some would consider junk, but some of these items are worth some money,” said Bennett.

The auction, which will be overseen by Bridge Street Auction Service, Plattsburgh, will take place Oct. 15 beginning at 10 a.m. The auction will be held in the village office building, 40 Emmons St. A special preview of the items up for bid will begin at 9 a.m.

The items to be featured in the auction are on display on-line at www.bridgestauction.com.

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