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County Board Approves Courthouse Lease

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Picture 1625Pine 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.

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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.

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The city will occupy the main floor of  the courthouse and use it for city hall.

2 Comments

  1. PC Resident 12/1/09 at 1:21pm

    commissioner Rossow if it’s not a north/south issue, how can it be economic? The fact that the county will be getting income from the city on the use of the old building is a benefit. It’s the same old issue over & over again. Carlson will always disagree with anything to do with Pine City. Now looks like Rossow has joined right in.

  2. Pine County Resident 12/1/09 at 1:48pm

    I would like to thank the three commissioners who voted “yes” for having some plain old common sense. This should NOT be a north/south issue (which we all know it is – shame on Rossow and Carlson for not even having a good explanation for their actions!). The City of Pine City is the ONLY entity that was even remotely interested in the space and if they hadn’t made an agreement, the building would have sat empty or had to be demolished. Now *that* would be a bad economic decision. Not only does this decision put money in the County coffers but also puts to use a vacant building and serves the PUBLIC of Pine County in a very positive way. Thanks to three commissioners who voted “yes” and put Pine County, Pine County residents, and economic common sense first.

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