Canal Winchester schools and the village of Canal Winchester plan to get rid of some surplus equipment during a public auction scheduled for May 14.

Canal Winchester schools and the village of Canal Winchester plan to get rid of some surplus equipment during a public auction scheduled for May 14.

Canal Winchester Village Council heard first reading March 21 of legislation allowing the village to participate in the auction with the schools at 10 a.m. May 14 at 100 Washington St.

"From what I understand, this is the first time we have done that," said Roger McLoney, Canal Winchester schools facility supervisor. "We had something else a few years ago that was more like a garage sale."

The school district will auction off a variety of items, including used chairs, desks and some old filing cabinets.

McLoney said when the new middle school was built at 7155 Parkview Drive, the district purchased new equipment.

"A majority of the items at the middle school were purchased new," he said. "We have the old items that are left. We just don't have a need for them any more."

Other auction items include a table saw, a machine used to bend steel rods and some drafting tables no longer used at the high school, he said. Residents who like fried food will be able to bid on a deep fryer or two.

"We are selling off our deep fryers," McLoney said. "We haven't used fried foods in the schools for three years. We bake our french fries."

Council president Marilyn Rush-Ekelberry asked at the March 21 meeting if there were anything useful included in the auction. Village officials said a roaster oven, a 1991 Chevy truck and some Christmas decorations, including an inflatable Santa Claus on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, will be sold.

At one time, the Christmas decorations were used at Stradley Place, said public works director Matt Peoples.

"We haven't had them out in a couple of years," he said.

Canal Winchester usually participates in an annual auction held by Madison Township but the township isn't hosting a public auction this year, so the village decided to participate in the school district event instead, Peoples said.

When deciding what to include in the auction, Peoples said, village officials look at the useful life of an item and its value to village operations.

"Public auctions are the way that we are required to get rid of our surplus inventory," he said.

The village is also auctioning off a laser printer, a two-drawer filing cabinet, a tiller, a power washer, an air compressor, a John Deere mower, a hydraulic jack, a strobe light, a Kale-equipment engine analyzer, a battery charger, generator and a heater.