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Excess weight: Darien seeking buyers for antique safe

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July 30, 2014

DARIEN—Municipalities often try to get rid of excess items such as worn out mowers, battered file cabinets and rundown police cars.

The village of Darien has something more substantial to sell: a 7,000-pound safe that's more than 100 years old. 

The village is taking bids until Monday on a MacNeale & Urban Safe that dates from the late 1800's. The dial is marked with letters instead of numbers.

Workers discovered the safe during the reconstruction of Village Hall

Village Administrator Diana Dykstra originally wanted to keep the safe as an artifact to display at the new Village Hall, but city officials were concerned about having an unmovable albatross on their hands.

“The main thing was it weighs 7-8,000 pounds,” said village Trustee Phil Putman.

The safe could be put a corner some place, but if it ever needed to be moved, it would destroy any flooring it traveled over.

The Walworth County Historical Society decline to take the safe because of its size and weight.

The construction company that is working on the remodeling and addition of the Village Hall is willing to lift the safe onto a buyer's trailer or truck, but after that it's up to the buyer to get it home.

People interested in bidding on the safe should contact the village hall at 262 882-5055.



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