Departments benefit from KPD surplus

The old Kaua’i Police Department building and annex were open for “scavengers” Thursday morning to county departments and schools that need office furnishings.

The Department of Finance, Purchasing Division, allowed county agencies and schools to come in and look for what they needed a few weeks ago.

It was a chance for a few to see what the police station looks like from the inside. The desks, chairs and outdated computers were all out in the open with taped-on tags. But a closer look revealed old evidence cameras, flashlights and even a fingerprinting kit.

The Public Works Department, Building Division, took several filing cabinets and desks for their clerk and workshops. The items they secured were worth about $2,000, hopefully relieving the division’s budget, which will be reviewed in April.

“We got desks and filing cabinets mainly. Our clerk needed a different type of desk so she could use her computer at the right height, and we were looking at getting some file cabinets because we’re filling them up,” said Doug Haigh, building division superintendent.

The elections division got three desks and a glass top for a desk, saving the county about $1,000 by getting the items free.

The list includes Wilcox Elementary School, whose administration building was gutted by fire earlier this week. They requested filing cabinets to relocate items damaged in the fire. Other schools include Kapa’a Elementary, Wilcox, Waimea High School, ‘Ele’ele Elementary and Kaua’i High.

Whatever is left over will be auctioned off to the public in late April or May. Finally, when the building is empty, the state Department of Accounting and General Services will take over management of the building.

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