Sewer authority coughs up $39K for forgotten rental dozer

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Updated Jan 17, 2018

Dozer Stock HillA dozer that sat parked on a project after it was rented will cost the Scranton Sewer Authority almost $39,000, according to a story by the Scranton Times-Tribune.

The paper reports that the authority entered into a 2016 hand-shake rental agreement with N&L Transportation of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, and did not transfer the agreement to Pennsylvania American Water, which bought the sewer system. The dozer was used to remove ash and road construction debris around the wastewater treatment plant in South Scranton.

The authority learned about the rental after N&L submitted invoices totaling $45,427.84, according to the paper. After negotiating with N&L, the authority was able to reduce the outstanding bill by $6,718, or 15 percent.

After the project was closed out, “for whatever reason at the time of the closing” the dozer was never returned and apparently sat idle for several months, said authority Executive Director/Solicitor Jason Shrive in explaining the invoice to the authority management. The payment reflects the fact that N&L was not able to rent the dozer to anyone else during the time it sat idle, reports the paper.