The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.
The board voted by a weighted tally of 2,786-1,130 to set the terms and conditions for the potential sale of the home after an executive session on the matter during the Dec. 27 meeting.
The board set a sale price at $4.25 million, with a 3.25 percent commission rate ($138,125).
“This would be a direct sale, not a lease,” County Attorney Daniel Manning said.
The resolution also stated that current residence would have the right to remain in the home for an indefinite amount of time. They added that current union employees would be guaranteed an offer to keep their positions at Horace Nye and that preference would be given to Essex County residence when it came to placement.
Keene Supervisor William “Bill” Ferebee said that he felt that there needed to be a number to go with the residence preference.
“I would feel better with a guaranteed percentage of rooms for Essex County residents,” he said.
Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said that he was in favor of the restrictions to a sale, but not on favor of the sale itself.
“This is going to sound weird when I say it, but I am going to vote to amend the conditions into the resolution because I feel that they need to be there, but I am not going to vote for anything that leads to the sale of the Horace Nye Home,” Morrow said.
Manning said that the county had currently entered into a listing agreement with the firm Marcus and Millichap, and now were looking to solidify the details of a potential sale.
“We don’t want to enter into a blank agreement,” Manning said.
County Manager Daniel Palmer said that the terms and conditions were drafted based on the feedback received from a questionnaire that was given to supervisors.
“I based the terms and conditions on the surveys that were sent out and Dan (Manning) added a few more,” Palmer said.
Manning said that the purchase of the Horace Nye Nursing Home would be as is.
“They are buying what they see,” Manning said. “This resolution binds us into a working agreement to sell the home.”
Board Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas said that he saw this as a bargaining tool for the county.
“This is just to list the property,” Douglas said. “They might want to come back and negotiate. It’s just like what you would do if you were putting a property up for sale.”