MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – There’s good news for many city and county agencies who shop for surplus goods at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ warehouse in Eva. The warehouse will remain open until at least June 30, 2016.
The warehouse had been slated to close due to the Alabama legislature’s 12 percent cut in ADECA’s allocation in the 2016 General Fund budget. However, Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Randall Shedd have secured a loan to keep the facility open for several more months.
Sen. Orr said the money comes from Governor Robert Bentley’s emergency funds. He said the Legislature will address this in February 2016, during the session, and they hope to pass an appropriation to keep it open for at least the rest of the 2016 fiscal year.
Rep. Shedd said working to keep the warehouse open was a priority.
“North Alabama legislators all understand how important it is to keep this open,” said Shedd. “It serves a lot of first responders, schools, all public service entities in north Alabama.”
The staff at the Eva warehouse learned the news on November 12, and said business has really picked up. They are open for business Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The warehouse is on Eva Road about a mile north of town.
ADECA’s surplus property division receives surplus equipment, vehicles, furniture and other items from state and federal sources and offers the property to city and county governments, state agencies, and other groups and organizations. By obtaining surplus equipment at large discounts, these organizations are able to reduce their operating expenses. Some of the equipment has been used before, but other items are brand new.
Property is held for a period of time to allow eligible organizations an opportunity to purchase it, and then it is offered for sale to the public. Items are sold through public auctions, held three times each year, or online sales. Items range from automobiles, boats, tools, trailers, computers, office equipment, furniture and much more.