Sumter County Landfill

Reports show the A.C.M.S. Heart of Florida landfill in Sumter County, co-owned by former Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams, is about to be sold.

 

A Sumter County waste-disposal company headed by prominent Citrus County figures, including former Commissioner Scott Adams, is in the process of being sold.

The sale of A.C.M.S. Inc. to Waste Connections Inc. was discussed earlier this week at the Marion County Commission meeting, according to an agenda item and video of the meeting.

A.C.M.S. officers include Charlie Dean Jr.; his father, former Citrus County sheriff and Florida senator, Charlie Dean Sr.; and former Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams, according to the Florida Division of Corporations.

Neither denying nor confirming sale talks, A.C.M.S. President Charlie Dean Jr. said  he could not comment because he was contractually obligated not to.

Marion County Attorney Matthew “Guy” Minter informed his commissioners during a Tuesday meeting about the sale negotiations between Progressive Waste Solutions of Florida Inc. — a Waste Connections subsidiary — and A.C.M.S.

Marion County has a $20 million investment in the A.C.M.S. Heart of Florida landfill in Lake Panasoffkee, providing the county with 2.5 million tons of solid waste space at $8 a ton.

“Progressive Waste Solutions of Florida Inc. is purchasing the stock or the ownership of A.C.M.S.,” Minter said in a recorded video of a vote for commissioners to approve the transfer of ownership between A.C.M.S. and Waste Connections.

Currently, A.C.M.S. runs the landfill and is affiliated with Good Fella’s Roll Off & Waste Disposal Inc., a trash hauler that services Citrus and neighboring counties.

Based in The Woodlands in Texas, Waste Connections is the third largest solid waste business in the U.S., owning a number of operations from Florida to Canada, according to Minter.

A Waste Connections spokesman did not return repeated phone calls from the Chronicle.

Dean Sr. referred a Chronicle reporter to his son on Friday.

“I’m not going to say I don’t have knowledge,” Dean Sr. said.

Adams, who is listed in state records as A.C.M.S. vice president, declined to comment.

Attorney Clark Stillwell, who recently represented Good Fella’s in a two-year-long lawsuit with Citrus County over garbage-disposal rights, said Friday whatever is in the works is not finalized because other agreement holders with A.C.M.S. haven’t been notified.

“If they’re really close, they’re going to hold their cards close and I’d do the same if I were them,” Stillwell said.

Stillwell said it’s also unclear what specific A.C.M.S. services — either hauling and/or waste disposal at the landfill — would be handed over to Waste Connections, adding that would be a question for the parties involved.

Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said he’s heard similar rumblings of the A.C.M.S. landfill being taken over.

DiGiovanni said the city has been in an agreement with A.C.M.S. for three years to have its trash disposed of at its landfill, at $25 a ton, which will remain intact until the agreement is renewed in September, no matter who owns the landfill.

“We have an agreement to haul waste there at a price and that will remain in place, regardless of who owns the place, until Sept. 30 of this year,” DiGiovanni said.

Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver informed commissioners on Friday via email, attaching the Marion County board agenda item.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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