(Richmond, IN)--A lengthy response has now been filed in the dispute between Wayne County and the former owners of the old Reid Hospital property. Wayne County has filed suit against Bob Ciprietti after the county was stiffed for more than $1.3 million in property taxes. In the 24-page response, Ciprietti, through his attorneys, maintains that he never had personal control over the property. In a deposition, Ciprietti admits that his company scrapped all of the metal out of the building with the intent of paying off the bank. Ciprietti had originally told Richmond Common Council he would convert the building into apartments and student housing. Instead, the property became the city’s biggest eyesore.