2008-06-07 / Top News

Bike Auction Raises $1,726.50 for Island Police Department

State Trooper Mickey Brazaski (in front, right) selects a bicycle for auction while auctioneer Mike Carley (holding a piece of paper) asks for bids Saturday, May 31. The city auction raised $1,625 from 29 abandoned bicycles. Also pictured are City Police Chief Jim Marks (left), cottager Kay Berke, checking out the next bicycle for bidding, and, behind Mr. Carley, Gary Mitchell, who assisted with the auction. State Trooper Mickey Brazaski (in front, right) selects a bicycle for auction while auctioneer Mike Carley (holding a piece of paper) asks for bids Saturday, May 31. The city auction raised $1,625 from 29 abandoned bicycles. Also pictured are City Police Chief Jim Marks (left), cottager Kay Berke, checking out the next bicycle for bidding, and, behind Mr. Carley, Gary Mitchell, who assisted with the auction. Twenty-nine bicycles, abandoned since last summer, were sold during the annual Mackinac Island Police Department bicycle auction Saturday, May 31, generating $1,625 for the department's general fund.

Winning bidders of the bicycles were required to purchase a $3.50 bicycle license immediately afterward. License sales amounted to $101.50.

The auctioned bicycles were unclaimed from last summer and were acquired by owner abandonment or impoundment by the department. Only bicycles that were "road ready" were auctioned. Broken bicycles were scrapped.

The lowest winning bid was $5 for a child's bicycle. The highest was $105 for a Trek Navigator one-speed.

Mike Carley of Mackinac Island was the auctioneer. He has participated in the auction for eight consecutive years. He was assisted by the police department's two public service attendants, Jenny Collier and Amanda Filkins, State Police Trooper Mickey Brazaski, city officer Dominic Redman, department secretary Mary Markquis, and a friend, Gary "Slim" Mitchell.

Last year, the police department bicycle auction generated $5,077, and included the sale of broken bicycles.

Police Chief Jim Marks said the department has stopped selling bicycles in disrepair because of the liability.

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