Sharp County is one step closer to selling the former Sharp Nursing Home property in Sidney.
At the Nov. 13 Sharp County Quorum Court meeting, county Judge Larry Brown opened the sole bid for the property. The $65,519 bid was received from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
In the bid submitted by Bro. Elvis Sneathern, church pastor, he said the church is interested in using the building as an assisted care facility.
JPs recommended the county approval board accept the bid. The board is composed of Sharp County Clerk Tommy Estes, Sheriff Dale Weaver and Treasurer Wanda Girtman. Judge Brown serves as an ex-officio member. The board must vote to determine if the county should accept the offer.
The property recently appraised for $78,400. In order to be sold, the interested buyer had to bid at least 75 percent of the appraised value which would be $58,800. The church's bid exceeded the minimum.
The main building is 24,431 square feet. The property includes 8.581 acres and three outbuildings -- one with 420 square feet, one with 426 square feet and another with 576 square feet.
The 45-year-old facility officially closed March 3, 2006, due to a declining census and funds. The building was leased to the nursing home under an agreement to expire in 2061. Since the closing the agreement is void.
When the nursing home opened in 1962, it was the only nursing home in the county. As time went by and other nursing homes sprouted up in the area, new residents often were not brought in to replace the ones who had died.
The 80-bed facility needed to have 50 residents to keep it floating financially. As of Jan. 27, the home had 31 residents with two scheduled to leave resulting in a 32-percent occupancy. The home closed soon after.
With no use for the building, the county had decided to sell the property to the highest bidder, but first it had to go to a public vote. Voters decided to sell during the November 2006 General Election.
In addition to their Mt. Pleasant church, Cornerstone Baptist Church also owns the former Poughkeepsie School building which it uses for retreats and other church needs.
The county spent $3,534 from the county general to prepare the property to be sold, Brown said. In addition, county road employees did $1,900 of dozer work, he said. He suggested the county replenish those funds and put the remainder of the money generated from the sale into a CD for capital improvements.
In other business, the court accepted the 2008 budget as presented. The county is anticipating more than $2.5 million in general revenue along with a $1.7 million road department budget.
Brown thanked county employees for their help in preparing the budget.
"I appreciate the cooperation and the work everybody did," he said. "We think we have a budget we can live with."
JPs unanimously approved an ordinance appropriating money already received through grants for projects in the county. The county appropriated $1,116,408.60 for the Grange-Calamine Water grant and $310,239.33 for the Sharp County Public Health Building grant.
The court approved an ordinance amending the 2007 budget to reflect real figures.
The juvenile probation budget was increased by $3,764.31 to reflect the acceptance of a check from GBSI Insurance for car repairs needed due to a wreck. The OES/Civil Defense budget increased by $1,773.46 to reflect an insurance check in the amount of $2,401.95 to replace an AWIN Radio lost or damaged. The Grants in Aid budget increased by $4,301.88 to reflect funds received from the Game and Fish distribution. Those funds will be split for projects in the Cave City and Highland schools and the Sharp County Soil Conservation. The Road budget increased by $54,748 for fuel, oil and lubricants and state aid money received. The juvenile fund was increased by $2,100 which is due in part to an insurance deductible needed for an insurance claim on a county car.
The court approved an ordinance amending the salary schedule for county employees. The last time the ordinance was amended was in 1999, Brown said.
JPs approved an ordinance establishing the rate of pay and reimbursement from the state for jury service. People who are called and report for jury service but are not selected for a jury, are paid $15 a day while jurors are paid $50 each day they serve.
The next quorum court meeting will be held Dec. 17.