Update: 4:30 pm, 1/10/18, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The nursing home is officially on the market. The county board voted 13 – 8 in favor of selling it. Now, they’ll wait to see who bids on buying it.
The home owes more than $5 million in backlogged bills. The first step is finding an interested party, then waiting for a bid to be submitted.
The county board chair says, once bids are received, the board would have to approve the sale.
The nursing home has had financial troubles for years. It’s currently millions of dollars in debt with vendors and the county government. It’s also being sued by the family of a former resident who died at the facility.
The county board chair says it’s a difficult decision to make. The minimum bid needs to be $11 million. Proposals for buying the home are due by February 28.
In April, voters gave the county board the approval to sell the home, but Tuesday night’s decision is a big step forward.
There are some terms which need to be followed in case of a sale. They include a yes vote from at least 15 board members; agreements with the buyer about the operation of the home; and the rehiring of all existing employees based on certain conditions.
Original: 10:00 pm, 1/9/18, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Champaign County Board voted Tuesday night to sell the county nursing home.
It’s the latest sign the board is ready to move in a different direction with the home. It’s more than $500,000 in debt and is facing a lawsuit after the death of a resident.
In the spring, voters in the county overwhelmingly authorized the board to sell the home.
Tuesday night, the board voted 13 – 8 to put out a request for proposals to find prospective buyers for the home. Once a buyer comes forward, 15 board members would have to approve the sale.