Resolution 168-16 has authorized the Borough Clerk’s office to auction two (2) unclaimed vehicles before September 19th.
Auctions are held in person, usually in the rear parking lot of the Roselle Park Municipal Complex. That lot is located at the corner of Westfield Avenue and Walnut Street.
The first car is a 1993 Honda Accord LX with VIN 1HGCB7653PA084145.
The second is a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (VIN 1J4GW48S42C117540).
The starting bid for each vehicle is $200 and both will be sold in ‘as-is’ condition.
It has been suggested by residents as well as Third Ward Councilman Ryan Kelly that the municipality move to an online auctioning system. Doing so would open up bidding to a larger audience and, in turn, bring in more money for unclaimed vehicles and other property auctioned by the municipality.
Other local government agencies in East Brunswick, Princeton Junction, Freehold, Maplewood, and even the Westfield Police Department all use online auctions such as Municibid (link) or GovDeals (link) to sell off their surplus and forfeitures to the public.
There was even a presentation on conducting online auctions at the 2016 New Jersey Municipal Clerks Conference in April of this year.
There is no indication at this time that the Borough Clerk’s office will be moving to online auctions for vehicles or other items.
As of this publication, no date has been set for the auction of the two vehicles.
A copy of the resolution and the 2016 Municipal Clerks Conference presentation are available below: