Jail for Sale; County Offers Facility to City
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.