TROY — The city of Troy put up all seven Adams Street Bridge light poles for sale on eBay this week, and if you are the lucky bidder you can own a unique piece of the historic landscape of Troy.
The cast iron poles were removed and stored during the bridge’s total replacement, which was completed in October 2012.
The online auction will end at noon on Friday, Feb. 19. To search for the lights, search for the “cityoftroyauctions” or use the any of the following keywords: historic, lamp, pole, Adams, Bridge, Troy.
According to city of Troy’s Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington, the light poles are estimated to be around 100 years old.
“They are almost 100 years old, have been repaired, patched, repainted, and updated several times,” Titterington said.
Titterington said it would have been more costly to update and modernize the historic lights than to buy the new fixtures that are used on the bridge today.
“They are the older, less efficient technology and would cost more to update and modernize than to buy something new,” he said.
Other than nostalgic value, Titterington said the fixtures had no historic value for the city to keep or reuse on another site.
The city also used eBay to sell the Gentleman of the Road banners.
“We wanted to follow the same procedure we followed with GOTR. We don’t feel the total value is nearly enough to warrant the costs of a traditional auction. In fact, we haven’t hired a traditional auctioneer in many years for any surplus equipment or items we have sold,” Titterington said. “We want it to be easy for our current and former residents to bid on these items again, because we know there is nostalgic value to some of our long-term residents.”
The 8-foot poles are made of cast iron, which weigh nearly 200 pounds. The globes are made of plastic that are 2-and-a-half-inches tall.
The total height of the pole and globe is approximately 10-and-a-half-feet tall. Local pick-up only is available. Persons interested in viewing the poles may make arrangements to do so by calling the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 339-1410 Poles may only be viewed between the hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are the winner of the auction, the property must be picked up from Feb. 24-26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A sales receipt from the City Hall Auditor’s Office must be shown to Wastewater Plant personnel before the item can be claimed and transported. The poles are numbered, and the bidder must take possession of that specifically numbered pole. Globes may be chosen from those remaining of the original seven.
For more information, visit www.troyohio.gov.
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