by Pam Zubeck
The furniture that was disposed of was damaged, non-operational, or unfit for use in the courthouse. A majority of the furniture thrown away was seating. The most common problems with seating is damage to the armrests, stains or tears to the upholstery, and broken hydraulics. Furniture that could be reused was repurposed throughout the courthouse and offered to others. We also actively work with our vendors to repair and replace broken furniture.It's worth noting that El Paso County had nothing to do with the disposal. County spokesman Dave Rose says in an email, "The County maintains a small warehouse space where surplus county office equipment and supplies in good condition can be accessed by department supervisors an repurposed. County Procurement and contracts is responsible to negotiate for the sale of obsolete and surplus supplies and equipment...."
In the past, we have solicited for non-profits to take our surplus equipment and furniture. However, many organizations will only accept furniture in good working condition and they often are unable to haul-away the equipment. Unfortunately, if an organization is unable to haul-away the equipment, it is more economical to dispose of the equipment through a waste disposal company.
It would be difficult to provide you with a meaningful estimate regarding the replacement costs associated with the furniture in the photograph. Unusable furniture is collected in our storage room over a period of years and items are replaced as needed. The furniture disposed of in your photograph was not the result of a large recent acquisition of replacement furniture.