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INVERNESS — Ring Power Corp. on Wednesday explained its part in a chain of events drawing attention to a little-known piece of landfill heavy equipment.
Company vice president Alan Thomas said in a letter to Citrus County officials the company erred in not informing the county it had repaired the 1995 pan/scraper in anticipation of either billing the county or selling the equipment.
Thomas also said an online listed sales price of $159,000 included numerous upgrades to the equipment, including a paint job, and the “as-is” cost would be about half that.
“The advertisement … was for the machine with new tires, new paint and a much higher level of operability,” he wrote. “Anyone inserting anything different simply does not understand how our company operates.”
The pan/scraper has come under scrutiny, particularly by Commissioner Scott Adams, who opposed board approval in February to trade in the machinery rather than repair it. At the March 13 meeting, the board voted 4-1 for the $36,493 trade-in on a $161,586 excavator after Assistant County Administrator Ken Frink said Ring Power had already disassembled the machine and it was “in pieces” at the company’s Brooksville site.
The county learned the next day Ring Power had actually repaired the pan/scraper.
Thomas said the company should have informed county officials it would repair the machine whether the county wanted it back or not.
Ring Power placed the pan/scraper up for public sale, but temporarily discontinued the sale Wednesday. Bill Hartt, regional vice president for the company’s Brooksville site, said Ring Power will not sell the pan/scraper until after Citrus County receives the excavator.
County spokeswoman Lindsay Ubinas said officials are satisfied with the company’s response.
“We have a really good relationship with Ring Power,” she said, “and this won’t hamper that at all.”