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May 16, 2013

Board gives deed to Manor seller

COOPERSTOWN — The new directors of Otsego’s County’s new local development corporation became acquainted with one another Wednesday, and swiftly found themselves holding the deed to the 174-bed Otsego Manor nursing home.

The first mission of the Otsego County Health Facilities Corporation is to craft a request for proposals from parties that are interested in purchasing the home

Rep. Katherine Stuligross, D-Oneonta, was installed as the chairwoman of the corporation’s board of directors.

She estimated it will take six to eight weeks to develop the request for proposals, starting from the directors’ next meeting, slated to be held at 3:30 p.m. June 4 at the Manor.

In putting together the request for proposals, the corporation will be guided by the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester and by an attorney retained by the county Board of Representatives, Shawn Griffin of the law firm Harris Beach.

The transfer of the deed to the new organization effectively takes control of the Manor away from the county board. However, two members of the county board — Stuligross and Rep. Don Lindberg, R-Worcester, both members of the county’s Manor committee — are serving as directors of the corporation. In addition, Rep. Kathleen Clark, R-Otego, is an ex-officio member of the new organization.

Stuligross made it clear that while public input will be considered at meetings of the LDC, there will be no revisiting of the decision to privatize the facility, whose annual county subsidy is now in the millions of dollars.

“It’s no longer discussable,” she said. “The decision has been made.”

Lindberg said once the LDC receives proposals it is expected that the directors will make on-site visits to nursing homes being operated by the suitors for the Manor.

“We want to make sure we get a good company when we sell it,” he said.

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