NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Department oversaw what could only be described as a "steal" on Saturday morning.
The department auctioned off nearly 100 items, mostly bicycles, at the Armory for prices that rarely bumped past $5.
Auctioneer Roy Burdick of the town of Florida swiftly pushed through a listing of adult and children's bicycles that included Rands, Huffys and Schwinns. A practically new Diamondback worth hundreds went for around $50 but most went for a couple bucks.
A number of other items like scooters, kayaks, jewelry and small appliances were also sold off.
The department's Mary Ann King said the inventory came from lost and found and evidence. Most had been in police custody for a couple years. The last auction had been in April 2015.
"Some of these bikes are new," she said. "I don't understand why people don't come looking for their bikes."
A few dozen people gathered at the back of the Armory for the auction, which lasted about an hour. A couple dozen bikes failed to find owners and were being sold off as a lot. King bought up a few for $1 apiece to give to the bike group headed by Amanda Chilson so they could be refurbished and donated to children.
The money raised from the auction goes to the city to be used by the Police Department for community events.
"It helps us fund things like National Night Out," King said.
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North Adams Committee Reviewing Mechanism for Legal Opinions
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council has a right to counsel — but the General Government Committee is weighing how much is enough.
The council had objected last year when the city switched over to KP Law as city solicitor, limiting council members' access to the Boston law firm. The council members had been used to contacting former City Solicitor John B. DeRosa, who'd been kept on retainer for 35 years before stepping down in March 2018.
Instead, the council had been limited to requesting opinions through the administration, which often provided answers based on state law but not on a legal opinion from the solicitor. Councilors were particularly irate last year that the administrative officer, who does not have a legal degree, should determine whether a query required an attorney's response.
They had pointed to the city's ordinances that state the solicitor "shall also appear as counsel" to governmental bodies or departments when requested by the City Council.
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