Rigby declares boats, equipment, and house as surplus
The Rigby City Council on April 6 approved resolutions declaring a laundry list of equipment from the Rigby Police Department as surplus, including two boats and a canoe received as surplus from the federal government.
The council also declared the Cordon House as surplus, to proceed with its sale or demolition.
Rigby Police Chief Sam Tower said that some of the property was acquired through Defense Reutilization Marketing Offices (DRMOs), including two boats and a canoe. He said that his predecessor made those acquisitions, and though they have no use to the city police, they could now be sold.
He presented the council with a three-page list of equipment that could be declared as surplus, sold, or transferred to another city department or local public entity.
Councilman Benson Taylor asked whether this list contained any property seized.
Tower replied that it did not, and that seized property is disposed of through a different process.
Taylor wondered if the city requested the watercraft for a specific use.
“So, at one time someone thought: ‘We should get a canoe?’” he said. “OK. I see.”
Mayor Jason Richardson said that his concern was that the city would sell the property and then purchase similar property. He asked whether Tower had been in communication with other city departments.
Tower replied that he had been in contact with the Parks and Rodeo, but would also talk to the other departments.
“If we declare it as surplus, there’s a variety of things we do with it,”
The money from the sale of the property would go back into the general fund of the city, but has been normally moved back into the Rigby Police’s capital improvement fund for purchases of equipment and vehicles.
The city council unanimously approved the chief’s property as surplus.
As for the Cordon House, the city council discussed the ways it could be disposed. The city hopes to sell the structure and move it away to recoup some of the $40,000 spent on the property. If not it could be used for training for the police and fire department.
Councilman Kirk Olsen expressed concerns that if the home weren’t sold, it could sit idle for months.
Richardson said that if the home were slated to be used for training, it would be demolished fairly quickly.