Gates County Commissioners approve two new measures

Published 2:56 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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GATESVILLE – The Gates County Board of Commissioners approved two new measures at their meeting here July 5.

A resolution was approved to prescribe procedures for the disposal of county surplus property valued at $1,000 or less.

County Manager Scott Sauer said state statutes allow municipalities and counties to do so.

“From time to time, counties have assets of very nominal value,” Sauer stated at last week’s meeting. “It could be a worn out weed eater, a broken down chainsaw or lawnmower, or a piece of office equipment.

“Rather than waiting to hold a public auction, the state has made provisions for municipalities and counties to be able to declare these items as unusable and to be disposed of,” Sauer continued. “The state statute provides for the Finance Officer to have the authority for those items deemed to be valued of less than $1,000 to be sold by all eligible processes, to include public or private sale.

Additionally, the commissioners approved a resolution that authorizes the Sheriff to present a retiring deputy with their badge and service weapon. That authorization also includes allowing an immediate member of a deputy’s family to request those items in the event of the deputy’s passing.

Both new measures were approved without objection.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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