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Dec 4, 2009 4:04 PM

Fema Trailer Auction In Gonzales

GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center will host a
public auction of about 400 FEMA trailers and mobile homes
beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, parish officials said Tuesday.
The auction is a small part of Ascension Parish government's
developing strategy to find revenue-producing events for the
equestrian and events facility near Gonzales, officials said.
Storage of the Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers and
mobile homes at the 247-acre complex is expected to generate
$7,400, said Scott Rabalais, parish government spokesman.
He said the auction's size is a first for Lamar-Dixon but the
center has had auctions before.
The parish is charging auction company Henderson Auctions of
Livingston $200 per day rental fee, Rabalais said.
He said the trailers and mobile homes were brought to the center
Nov. 13 and should be gone by Dec. 19.
In August, parish government purchased the center for $7.5
million after leasing it for a few years from the Lamar-Dixon Expo
Foundation.
Since then, parish officials have discussed ways to avoid
drawing on parish funds to pay the center's $1.6 million operations
by cutting costs and generating more revenue.
Lloyd Henderson, Henderson Auctions vice president of sales,
said Lamar-Dixon was chosen because of its ability to handle that
many trailers, its location between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and
the center's widely known name.
Henderson Auctions has purchased the FEMA trailers, mobile homes
and cottages from the U.S. General Services Administration. The
omnibus agency handles many duties for the federal government.
Henderson said the auction company already has sold FEMA
trailers and other buildings at other locations, including Selma,
Ala.; Wiggins, Miss.; and DeRidder.
About 280 "park homes," 12-by-40-foot mobile homes, will be
for sale at Lamar-Dixon.
Henderson said trailers and mobile homes will have clear titles
and said they could have been used anywhere from Texas to
Mississippi. The trailers and other buildings date primarily from
2006.

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