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County selling limestone dragline

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By Lou Elliott Jones

Levy County will be putting its dragline
up for sale, preferring to use another piece of
equipment to mine and load limestone from
the Gulf Hammock Pit for road construction.
The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday
approved the sale at the request of Road
Department Administrative Superintendent
Bruce Greenlee. who said the dragline is no
longer needed for the county's limerock mining
operation. "We can only mine to 30 feet
and we need to get rid of this," he said.
"There is a lot of demand for this equipment."
The county purchased the 1971 piece of
equipment for over $200,000 in the '90s,
said County Coordinator Freddie Moody.
Commissioner Marsha Drew of
Yankeetown asked why the pit can only
mine down 30 feet. "Because the kind of
rock you get then is not crushable," Greenlee
said, making it unsuitable for road work.Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland, who is a professional
auctioneer, explained how the county could set a
"reserve" price on the dragline when it goes to auction. He
said the reserve price is like a "floor" which bidders must
meet before it can be sold.
"At an absolute auction you can have someone who bids
$1 ... and it goes to the bidder," Johnson said.
Adkinson Realty & Auction of Lake City has the contract
with the county for selling surplus property. Moody said the
auctioneer is putting together an auction of heavy equipment
in the near future with Southwest Florida Water
Management Water District, Collier County and other government
agencies. He said the dragline would be offered for
sale in that auction.