Iowa DOT Holds Garage Sale at Closed Facilities

DOT Garage closed at the end of August, held a garage sale at Corning (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

DOT Garage closed at the end of August, held a garage sale at Corning (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

CORNING, Iowa — The Iowa DOT is holding garage sales around the state in the wake of closing seven maintenance garages and two driver’s license stations.

The Corning property had a few odds and ends to sell, including shelves, liquid storage tanks, a mower and some small tools.

“Just trying to make it simple and cost-effective for the department,” said Chad Rumbaugh, Disposal Manager for the DOT. “Instead of stuff coming all the way to Ames for a DOT sale, we’re going out to the field and advertise the DOT website so we could sell stuff locally.”

The building will be up for auction on-line via the Iowa DOT website in October. Adams County Economic Development reports they already have some perspective buyers interested.

“There was quite a bit of stuff, but they re-purposed things to a couple of other shops that were local in this area that are staying open,” said Rumbaugh.

The closing affects 67 full-time positions, all were offered other jobs at the DOT, not all accepted.

The move will also close two driver’s license stations in Spencer, and Carroll. Seven Maintenance Garages in Subula, Akron, Soldier, Corning, Gowrie, Rock Valley, and Centerville