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February 7, 2014

Horace Nye sale delayed

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss why the sale of Horace Nye Nursing Home has stalled — again.

Ownership of the county-owned facility was originally supposed to transfer to the Bronx-based Centers for Specialty Care at the end of December 2013, then at the end of January this year and then sometime this week.

Now the target date hovers around next week or even the end of February.

County Attorney Daniel Manning III said he is hopeful the new deadline will be met.

After a 50-minute executive session to go over sale issues with the Board of Supervisors, he said the status of the home’s septic system that had been holding up the transfer has been resolved.

“The issue of the septic system and the 13 leakage pits has lingered. There needs to be some maintenance work done, and we are going to enter negotiations with the buyer to see what our obligations will be.”

There are drainage pits for the home’s septic system under the county’s back parking lots, and the Centers for Specialty Care wants them drained and analyzed, Manning said.

The county will put $75,000 from the $4.05 million sale payment into an escrow account to cover that, he said, and Tectonic Engineering of Latham will do the work and analyze the septic waste.

The Centers for Specialty Care has agreed to enter into a post-sale understanding with the county so the sale can proceed and the work can be done later, Manning said.

“I know it’s (the transfer) been delayed a month and then another couple weeks, but we will finalize the agreement,” he said.

The buyer has said that, after the transfer, the facility will no longer be called Horace Nye Nursing Home but will be renamed Essex Center.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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