Need a bike? City has a few to unload

If you need a bicycle, you might want to check with the City of Warren Police Department.

They have some to get rid of.

Warren City Council passed a resolution Monday authorizing the department to hold a sale of the approximately 50 to 60 abandoned or unclaimed bicycles currently in the police department’s possession.

Police Chief Raymond Zydonik said that the department has 24 months worth of bikes currently in surplus and tries “to keep moving every 12 months. We get rid of everything that we have.”

He said the bikes typically sell in the range of $3 to $30 depending on the type of bicycle.

Zydonik told council the bikes are typically offered up for bid first and then everything not bid on is bid as one lot, which is often purchased by local bike shops.

“Under our policy, also under property laws, we can dispose of these things after 90 days,” he said. “We wait one year.”

The resolution that council unanimously approved on Monday allows for the one-year time window to be shortened based on the number of bikes in possession. It also changed the date of the sale from the fall to the summer.

Zydonik said that children who received bikes after the sale in the fall could only use them for a couple of weeks before the weather limited use.

“(We) want to get that out closer to the end of the school year,” he said.

No date for the sale has been set.