The Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners finalized lease agreements Tuesday regarding the South Annex building, formerly known as Mission Hill Hospital, with that property being deeded over to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
After a lengthy discussion the past few years regarding that property, commissioners, after meeting in executive session earlier this month, accepted an offer from CPN for the purchase of the south annex buildings, subject to the satisfaction of the final document and an executed lease with Solara Hospital, operating as Cornerstone Hospital of Oklahoma – Shawnee.
Based on discussion at Tuesday's meeting, the county now has a four-year lease in place with Cornerstone and the county will receive the rent payments on that lease for the next four years.
County Commissioner Melissa Dennis said those lease payments to the county will be $54,000 per month for 48 months.
With that agreements in place, commissioners approved the quit claim deed to CPN. As part of the deal, the Pottawatomie County Health Department can stay in its facility for at least 15 years, possibly longer, Dennis said, and the Family Justice Center can continue to occupy its portion of the South Annex for at least four more years, with CPN handling all building maintenance.
“I think everybody wins in this thing,” Dennis said during the meeting, held Tuesday afternoon.
Dennis and Commissioners Randy Thomas and Eddie Stackhouse unanimously approved the agenda items.
The land that the former Mission Hill building and health department was constructed on was once part of Citizen Potawatomi Nation, but in 1959 the Secretary of the Interior deeded the land to Pottawatomie County as long as the land was used for school or other public purpose.
In other business:
• Commissioners gave the approval for Earlsboro Public Schools to purchase a new school bus, and Earlsboro's funds from the county's education sales tax will finance the lease payments.
• The Gordon Cooper Technology Center requested approval of a resolution approving indebtedness for a new public safety training center they wish to build. Commissioners approved the lease after they were assured the funds for the construction process would come from the school's own money. GCTC had seven bids for financing from mostly local banks. The center is being planned as a training facility for law enforcement, firefighters and other public safety professionals throughout Pottawatomie County and surrounding counties and they also are seeking grant money.
• The commission also approved the resolution on the construction of North Rock Creek School's new safety room. Partial funds for the safety room were awarded by a $1.5 million FEMA grant. The estimated cost is $2 million. The school will begin accepting bids in March or early April.
• The board reappointed Casey Bell and Rick Stiles to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Trust.