JOPLIN, Mo. —
Shepherd’s robes are among the more unusual items to be found today during the city’s surplus auction.
There are 25 shepherd’s robes on the auction bill, left over from a city holiday pageant.
“They’ve been in the vault and I’m running out of room,” said City Clerk Barbara Hogelin. “They are from the holiday Nativity we had a few years ago” as part of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Joplin Holiday Experience.
Hogelin said she would like to see them go to a church for a Nativity pageant, although she believes people normally attend a city auction to buy equipment.
The auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Public Works Center’s street maintenance barn, located on the 1300 block of West A Street.
There’s a small array of quirky items, from a gumball machine without a key to a filing cabinet with broken drawers.
There are also a number of office items, computers, vehicles and heavy equipment.
Vehicles that will be for sale include:
• Three lift vans formerly used by the city’s MAPS public transportation system.
• A 2009 Chevrolet Impala, a 1995 Ford Crown Victoria and 2000 Ford Expedition from the Joplin Police Department.
• A 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck used at the Joplin Regional Airport.
Equipment up for bids:
• A 1969 Unimog snow blower and an E-Z-Go flatbed golf cart model No. 960 from the airport. Bargain hunters also will find a Mark 100 AT walkthrough metal detector and a Linescan System 15 x-ray baggage scanner retired from use at the airport.
• A 1987 Kubota tractor, 2006 John Deere zero-turn mower and other mowers from the parks department.
• Fourteen weed trimmers, a sod cutter and brush cutter retired from cemetery use.
• A forklift.
• A Lay-Mor Road Broom from the streets department.
A preview of items for sale will be offered from 8 to 10 a.m. today.