By Jeff Gallatin
A light has gone on in the city of North Olmsted Safety/Service Department for people looking for a unique holiday gift.
Safety/Service Director Scott Thomas is taking sealed bids through the end of November for old traffic lights given to the city service department by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Thomas estimated Thursday he will have between 10 to 20 old lights which will be suitable for sale.
“We thought it might be fun to do something like this since some people will buy this type of item,” Thomas said. “We get these old lights from the state and we use a lot of them for getting parts to refurbish or replace other existing lights in the city. They help us out in our maintenance and replacement.”
But Thomas said the city can’t use all of them for replacement and refurbishing work, so he devised the plan to put the others out for bid.
“You look on eBay, Craigslist and other things like that and you see traffic lights and other similar traffic-related items. So we thought there might be some interest in them.”
A veteran police officer, Thomas said he has seen some lights at spots besides streets.
“Some people put them in their basement or some place in the house where they are a conversation piece,” he said.
Thomas said the lights are the 1-2-3 light signal type, about five feet and made of durable plastic.
“We wouldn’t put any of the metal ones out for bid,” he said.
Thomas said people interested should put their bids on a piece of paper with their name, address and a phone number at which they can be contacted.
“We’ll review the bids and let them know by the first week in December if they got one of them,” he said.