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The Local Agenda: Hall County to sell used office furniture

POSTED: July 23, 2012 11:27 p.m.

Hall County government has found itself flush with used office furniture after the purchase of the new government center, once the Liberty Mutual Building.

County officials say they don’t have a use for a lot of it, which is expected to lead to a sell-off to local office suppliers.

When the county bought the building, now called the Hall County Government Center, in 2010 for $6.1 million, it agreed to accept all the furniture left behind by the previous occupant.

That left the county with rooms full of desks, file drawers, swivel desk chairs and more.

“This place was full of cubicles,” said Vickie Neikirk, the county’s finance director. “We’re talking hundreds and hundreds of cubicles.”

In other words, there were more desks than the county has employees to fill.

Officials say much of that furniture will stay in the building to be used by county employees who continue to move into the building. The county’s incremental move is expected to be complete in the fall.

The remaining furniture is poised to be sold to the highest-bidding local business.

Rather than putting that furniture up for online bid at Govdeals.com — a service that specializes in selling surplus government equipment — Commissioner Ashley Bell suggested allowing local businesses a chance to bid first at Monday’s work session.

Citing the county’s “robust” office furniture and supply industry, Bell said keeping inventory local could be good for the county government and the businesses involved.

“I think it’s good for economic development in Hall County,” Bell said.

Among the items to be bid on are about 200 swivel chairs, 250 file drawers, 187 desktops with keyboard trays and a smooth-top stove and oven.

Right now, that unused furniture is in the way of renovation, according to county reports.

Neikirk said metal panels and desks, which were used as office cubicles, are stacked together on the fourth floor and taking up a lot of space.

“These items are really in the way,” she said.

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