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SUBLIMITY, Ore. -- When the city council decided to sell
this small town's obsolete water tower on eBay, they knew there could
be a snag.
Now they've run into one -- the auction winner has disappeared.
The winning bidder has missed a deadline to submit a contract
detailing plans for removal of the 120-foot tower, which is what the
city really wanted in the first place.
Hitting the June 30 mark was a requisite for the sale on the
online auction site. Town officials have been unsuccessful in trying
to reach Michael Duhrkoop, the 20 year old from Eagle Creek who won
with a bid of $212.50.
Duhrkoop's phone number has been disconnected, and he has not
responded to e-mails from the city or newspaper. And Sublimity
officials don't expect him to resurface.
``I personally believe it's unlikely,'' City Councilor Josh
Williams said. ``But at the same time, I hope he does.''
No money was exchanged in the deal, although Duhrkoop did visit
the rural town 15 miles east of Salem shortly after the auction ended
Word spread that he intended to sell the 50,000-gallon steel tank
to a Boise shopping mall that wanted it for advertising purposes. The
structure has gone unused since 1999, when the town upgraded its
City officials say they will now contact the next-highest online
bidder and hope for better results.
City officials put the tower up for auction May 14 as a less
costly way of getting rid of it, after getting estimates that
dismantling and moving it could cost up to $20,000.
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