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Horace Nye sale delayed into new year

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— The sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home is not complete, yet.

Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors approved the use of $128,000 from fund balance to operate the currently county-owned facility in Elizabethtown for another month during its Jan. 6 Organizational Meeting.

The plan for the care facility to be completely transferred over to Center For Specialty Care out of New York City by Dec. 31 fell through when sides could not agree on several contractual issues.

“We are trying to work out 20 contracts with various people,” County Attorney Dan Manning said. “We are trying to figure out what contracts they will assume and what contracts they will not assume, so that has created a delay in the closing date.”

Manning said that there were other, minor issues facing the closing along with the contract matters.

“There are a few loose ends real property wise but we should not have any problems with that,” he said. “We need to enter into a side agreement with the public works building which is technically on the Horace Nye property so we will cut that piece of land out.”

County Manager Daniel Palmer said the $128,000 represents the amount of money needed to fill the monthly cap the county faces when it comes to the operation and maintenance of the facility.

“That is the amount that we talk about when we say that we do not break even in the operation of the Horace Nye Home,” Palmer said. “We did not budget for operating the home in the 2014 budget, so we need to take the $128,000 out of fund balance allows us to operate through the month of January.”

Palmer said that other “legacy costs,” such as retirement and other benefits, were part of the 2014 county spending plan, and that the funds being used were solely for O&A costs.

Both Manning and Palmer were confident that all issues would be resolved before the end of the month.

“We were pushing hard for Dec. 31 but there were so many contracts that were still out,” Palmer said. “At this point, though, I do feel confident that Specialty Care will be the owner of the nursing home at the end of the month.”

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