County Offers City Lease of Old Courthouse
The Pine County board approved a motion Tuesday to lease the old Pine County County Courthouse to the city of Pine City. The proposal is for a ten year lease. Pine city would pay the county $35,000 a year with an option for the city to opt out with a year notice after five years.
The motion passed with a vote of 3-2, commissioners Curt Rossow and Doug Carlson were not in favor. Rossow wants more details on the long term future of the building.
Rossow and LeBrun discuss selling the courthouse instead of the lease agreement:
Pine County Coordinator Mark LeBrun estimates repairs for the facility will costs around $100,000. He says this includes improvements to the roof, lighting, and boiler upgrades. LeBrun encouraged the county board to base their decision on what is best for the county long term.
Commissioner Steve Hallan made the motion. He and Commissioner Steve Chaffee want a minimum five year contract so the county is guaranteed to recoup the costs of repairs.
Hallan on the lease agreement:
The city will use a third of the building, likely for a new city hall, but the county will also use the facility, in part, for storage. LeBrun calls the situation a “win-win.”
Also part of the proposed agreement is that the city is responsible for a third of the utility costs.
The Pine City council meets Wednesday at city hall at 6:30 p.m.