[Audio] County Offers to Sell Old Courthouse to Pine City for $50K
An offer is on the table for the old Pine County Courthouse. Tuesday, the Pine County Board approved an offer, with a 3-2 vote, to sell the courthouse to the city of Pine City for $50,000. Commissioner Doug Carlson gave one of the two votes of opposition, along with Roger Nelson. (Yes votes: Hallan, Rossow, Montbriand)
Hear Carlson’s Comments:
Chairman Steve Hallan told the board he does not want to simply sit and watch the building deteriorate.
Commission Nelson noted that the price tag for the facility started at $750,000 when negotiations began and says the longer Pine City waits, he feels like they are getting a better deal. Nelson told the board at a meeting in November that he thought $100,000 was too low.
The county is giving the city until the end of January to make a decision.
The county agreed in November to save the courthouse for at least a year to give the city time to figure out what exactly they want to do with the facility. At the November meeting, Pine City Administrator Don Howard told the County Board renovating the building will cost at least $400,000. The city has yet to decide what they want to do with the building.