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CRYSTAL RIVER — The unlikely story of a Citrus County landfill pan/scraper continues even as the heavy equipment transitions away from county ownership.
County officials were perplexed to learn that Ring Power Corp., which credited the county about $36,000 in trade-in value for the piece of landfill equipment, posted the machinery for sale online Friday at $159,000.
Ring Power withdrew the online advertisement after county officials, responding to a reporter’s inquiry, called the company’s offices to find out more about the online offer.
Assistant County Administrator Ken Frink said in a Tuesday memo to County Administrator Brad Thorpe that Ring Power’s list price included improvements and a new paint job. The company’s sale price “as is,” Frink said, is $79,000.
Citrus County commissioners last week voted 4-1 to trade in the 1995 pan/scraper for a Caterpillar hydraulic excavator rather than repair it at a cost of $35,709. After the $36,493 trade-in, the excavator cost the county $161,586.
When citizen Bob Schweickert suggested trying to sell the equipment online for a higher price, Frink said that assistant public works director Larry Brock had just told him the equipment was dissembled and “in pieces” at Ring Power and the county would have to pay to have it assembled for resale.
The next day, Schweickert visited the Ring Power facility in Brooksville and videotaped the fully assembled pan/scraper functioning properly. He then posted the video on YouTube.
Frink said he didn’t know that Ring Power had assembled the machine on its own without county knowledge or approval.
According to machinerytrader.com, Ring Power posted the pan/scraper for sale Friday at a list price of $159,000. While the listing did not include a photo, the serial/pin number is the same as the landfill pan/scraper.
The Chronicle contacted county officials Monday to ask about Ring Power asking a much higher price for the equipment than it gave in trade-in to the county. When officials searched the machinerytrader.com website later in the day, the posting had been removed.
Frink’s memo says the value of the repaired pan/scraper is $72,201 — repair cost plus the trade-in value.
The memo says Ring Power’s list price for sale includes a “significant rebuild of major components” plus a paint job. The as-is price, Frink said, is only $7,000 higher than the county’s estimate of the equipment’s value.
Frink’s memo said the county expects a letter today from Ring Power’s corporate headquarters in St. Augustine with a timeline of events from the company’s standpoint.
Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or email@example.com.