County Board Approves Courthouse Lease
Pine City will begin to move city hall into the old Pine County Courthouse at the beginning of the year. The move was on hold until the Pine County board approved the lease agreement for the facility, which they did at Tuesday’s board meeting.
The motion passed with a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Curt Rossow and Doug Carlson, who represent districts in the northern part of Pine County, gave the votes of opposition.
However, commissioner Rossow was adamant that the vote has nothing to do with proximity, but rather economics.
The lease is for ten years and the city will pay the county $35,000 a year. The agreement states the city must lease the building for at least five years and then has the option to opt out, but must pay $35,000 to the county if it opts out early.
In response to commissioner Rossow’s comments, commissioner Steve Hallan says he sees economic benefits by agreeing to the lease.
The city will occupy the main floor of the courthouse and use it for city hall.