The Property Committee of the County Board is full steam ahead with the decommissioning and ultimate demolition of its erstwhile nursing home, Livingston Manor. At its meeting Wednesday, the committee approved a resolution declaring property left within the building as “excess property.” If the motion is approved by the full County Board, this will allow that property to be auctioned off, which County Resource Specialist Alina Hartley said would take place Feb. 11.
    In a progress update, Facility Services Manager Chad Carnahan said that there's still a considerable number of items left at the facility by Good Samaritan, although he was grateful for the assistance of some community service workers in getting the property taken care of.
    Carnahan also noted that, as of Wednesday, he and his department had about 96 percent of the furniture and “miscellaneous items” removed from the nursing wings and placed in large, common spaces for an upcoming sale. He said, too, that they'd removed 50 cubic yards of trash, and expected that they would remove 90 such yards before all was said and done, expecting that they would need a third dumpster on top of the two they already in use.
    The Facility Services Manager also gave the Property Committee good news as far as taking care of the reams of documents that had been left in the basement.
    “I contacted the Health Department (Wednesday) morning looking for some assistance with all the documents that were left in the facility,” he said. “There were a lot of documents that were left in the basement and I wanted to make sure those were disposed of properly and it appears that everything in the basement can be destroyed. So I'll be working with ATR to have those documents shredded on site.”
    The conversation among the committee then went to the mattresses left at the facility, specifically whether they could be sold or if they had to be disposed of or donated to charitable organizations.
    The subject moved to the future of the facility itself; Hartley said that request for proposals for asbestos removal and demolition had been drafted, and that pre-bid walkthroughs of the facility had occurred Tuesday. She noted that 10 contractors had come for the asbestos removal, and 21 had come for the demolition.
    In order to expedite the process, Hartley said that the Committee needed to approve the auction proposal, with recommendations for the use of Immke and Bradley's Auction Service, who would take a fee of 20 percent of gross proceeds from the sale. Hartley said that she was looking to get this approved as quickly as possible to shorten the timeline of getting this taken care of. The Committee approved the auction motion unanimously.