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Dade City to auction cars, trucks, odds and ends Feb. 7

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For sale: five used Ford Crown Victorias, a metal and Formica dining room table and a wood chipper.

Also, one stump grinder with a blown engine, two John Deere riding mowers that don't run and something called a "traffic packer" that needs 10 new tires.

Dade City is preparing to hold an equipment auction at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 at the city yard. On the block will be an array of surplus items of varying ages and conditions. For most items, there is no minimum bid.

The city last held an auction in 2000 and made more than $40,000. This year's sale might not net so much, considering what's available.

"Most of these items have marginal, minimal or less value," City Manager Harold Sample said Tuesday.

All proceeds will go to the city's general fund.

Also among the items are numerous cars and trucks, metal and wooden furniture, construction equipment, scrap metal and chain-link fencing.

The city hopes to recover whatever it can from the sale while also doing some house cleaning.

Said Sample: "These are items that we will be able to get out from under."