Jail for Sale; County Offers Facility to City

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 5:26 am

The Pine County board is offering the city of Pine City the old county jail facility as a potential new location for a new city hall.

The board agreed, Tuesday, to sell the facility to Pine City for $200,000.  The city now has 60 days to respond to the offer.  If a purchasing agreement is not done after the 60 day period, the jail will go on the open market.

The city previously considered purchasing the old courthouse from the county for $50,000.

Pine County Coordinator Mark LeBrun says the size of the jail is one of the main reasons the city is interested.  It is one level compared to the courthouses three

“$200,000 for that is better than $50,000 for the old courthouse.  It’s good for them because the [jail] is more appropriate in size.”

LeBrun also said the jail property is worth more than that of the courthouse.  The county assessor values the jail at over $1.5 million, which is a couple hundred thousand more than the courthouse.

County Chair Ed Montbriand said the offer to the city is a good deal.

“I think it’s fair to offer the city and give them 60 days. ”

The vote was unanimous to make the offer, but county commissioner Doug Carlson is concerned with the Pine City leadership.

“I have been extremely disappointed in the actions taken by the city of Pine City, its leadership and its elected officials.”

Pine City’s decision must come by mid-August.


  1. PINE COUNTY RESIDENT 06/17/09 at 7:46am

    I’m concerned with Doug Carlsons leadership. What a loser.

  2. boogpowell72 06/17/09 at 6:19pm

    “I have been extremely disappointed in the actions taken by the city of Pine City, its leadership and its elected officials.” – Commissioner Doug Carlson

    Let’s see, Doug Carlson is the only one left on the board from when they tried to build a “sattelite courthouse” in Hinckley, which would have made county operations less efficient. When that got rejected by the chief judge, Carlson tried to move the county seat to Hinckley, which was rejected by Pine County voters. The board then spent $28 million on a new courthouse, which has been open for less than two years when they realize the new building doesn’t have enough space.

    I don’t think the people of Pine City are too impresed wiht Carlson’s actions, either.

  3. PINE COUNTY RESIDENT 06/18/09 at 8:05am

    What possible right does Doug Carlson have to make any comment whatsoever about the City of Pine City’s capabilities. He is the pot calling the kettle black.

  4. Disappointed too 06/19/09 at 7:24am

    Yes I agree. Doug was the ringleader to build the sattelite courthouse, from a loophole in the law that Washington county used and now they are closing them. Hinckley would have been now be empty too.

    Also disappointed in the Board for waiting with the buildings empty for 2 years to start to work on the issue. They are now probably doing it as they are nearly 4 million dollars in the hole, look at the current revenue fund. The City has been the only grown ups.

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