WILKES-BARRE – Good service more than anything else was the reason why the city hired L.A.G. Auctions to sell surplus vehicles and equipment next month, the owner of the business said.
Leo A. Glodzik Jr.'s L.A.G. Auction Services is set to hold a sale on Oct. 6 at the city's Department of Public Works property on Conyngham Street.
His Dupont firm was chosen as "the most qualified auction service" for the sale expected to be approved tonight at city council's meeting.
Glodzik Jr. said it was probably because the city "was comfortable" with him.
"We did three or four sales (for them)," he said Wednesday by telephone from Massachusetts, where he was working.
The company has held sales for Luzerne County and other municipalities in the county.
His son, Leo A. Glodzik III, has the city towing contract, but that has nothing to do with his hiring for the auction, the father said.
"We have no affiliation," he said, adding he is estranged from his son, who owns LAG Towing Inc.
City spokesman Drew McLaughlin confirmed L.A.G. Auction Services' past work.
"They have performed extremely well in previous auctions and the city has been extremely satisfied with their performance," McLaughlin said in an e-mail.
The professional service is not subject to bid, McLaughlin said.
The auction company is neither being paid by the city nor is the company paying for the right to auction the items. The municipality of Kingston also is including items in the sale.
The auction company receives 10 percent of the sale proceeds, McLaughlin explained.
A 2010 sale raised $8,000 and L.A.G. Auction Services received $800, McLaughlin said.
The company brings its own client base, which increases the likelihood of a better outcome, McLaughlin said.
The sale of police cars, a school bus, cinder spreaders, dump trucks and other items has been advertised on L.A.G. Auction Services' website. Glodzik Jr. said approximately 500 people have looked at the sales items.