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Upper Milford Turns Down High bid in Truck Auction

Upper Milford Township Board of Supervisors decides to keep Truck #5 for now.

The Upper Milford Township Board of Supervisors voted, at its May 17 meeting, to turn down a $6501 bid for Township Truck #5, which the Township had put up for sale through a timed online auction known as “Municibid.”

According to Township Manager Dan DeLong, the high bid on the truck and plow came from a purchaser in North Carolina. After a bit of discussion, the supervisors ultimately decided that the truck is potentially worth more.

Supervisor Robert Sentner was the most vocal about the value of Truck #5 and any type of dump truck in today’s market, especially with the interest in Marcellus Shale mining.

“Being in the business,” said Sentner, who operates in Emmaus, “that is cheap for what that truck is. If I could have bought that truck for $6500, I would have been here with a check tonight.

“What has happened, is with Marcellus Shale, any truck that can carry stone or water is gone and prices have gone through the roof,” he said. “Part of it is timing. It would be better to hold off on selling it until the fall.”

Township resident Phil Casey suggested that the township park the truck in front of the with a “for sale” sign on it and see what responses they get.

“You’ve got a beautiful facility here, utilize it,” he said.

Greg Berry May 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM
It is important to note the township set a reserve on this truck on municibid which was met and exceeded. The truck was advertised in 3 leading heavy equipment publications, Craigslist, twitter, Facebook and more and received a substantial number of unique page views. It is also important to note, the township just can't sell it to whomever without using a competitive bid process.
Robert Sentner May 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Mr. Berry being that you are the CEO of municibid, i understand you are looking out for your business, but as an elected official I am looking out for our residents and tax payers of Upper Milford. I am also in the business of buying and selling vehicles and the vehicle in question is worth more than the 6500 dollars that was bid on it. Beings I am an elected official I disqualify myself from bidding or purchasing this or any piece of equipment. Or as the artricle says i would have been there with a check. Our township takes great care of our vehicles and the public works crew should be congratulated for the up keep on the equipment. No where in the article did anyone imply that we would be selling it to just anyone. Could you please tell me where this vehicle was listed in "3 leading heavy equipment publications, twitter and facebook " ?
Nick June 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
That's Marcellus Shale for ya... It is effecting everything. EVERYTHING. The impacts are so widespread, and sometimes so subtle. Nevertheless, it has influence on all levels of government, in all regions of production. Check out shalestuff.com to learn some more about it.

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