County to seek higher price tag for Horace Nye

Bid price will not be sole factor in sale

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— While the Essex County Board of Supervisors is seeking more money, it will not be the sole factor.

Supervisors voted to seek the “highest and best” bid from a trio of prospective buyers of the Horace Nye Nursing Home during its April 2 regular meeting.

However, there was a lot of discussion on if the resolution meant the price tag would be the key determining factor in the sale.

“I don't think it should be sold to the highest bidder,” Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch said. “I think that it should be sold to the best quality bidder. It needs to go to the best service.”

“It's not just the highest bidder, it is the most responsible bidder,” replied board chair Randy Douglas of Jay.

County attorney Daniel Manning said that he regreted the fact that the broker, Marcus and Millichap, had already received the new bids before the resolution was passed, but that the broker was merely doing its job.

“It is Marcus and Millichap's best interest to go out and get us the highest price,” Manning said. “I decided that because we had three bidders, we should go back to them and get the highest price from the highest responsible bidder. I do not know of any reason why it was done (before the resolution was passed), it just happened. The bottom line is, do you want to try and solicit the highest and best price or not, that is what you are voting on.”

Manning said that he felt the county was obligated to do that.

“You have an obligation to solicit for higher bids,” Manning said. “This is not a resolution that sanctions a sale, it is simply asking for higher bids. We do not need this resolution but for me.”

Timetable sought

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley questioned if the county had a plan or timetable for the sale.

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