LAWRENCE COUNTY O fficials to hire company to appraise nursing home

County officials plan to commemorate Sept. 11 with a program.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County commissioners are hiring a Pittsburgh company to appraise the county nursing home.
Commissioners expect to vote Tuesday to hire Jefferson and Lee Appraisers of Pittsburgh. The company will be paid $5,000.
Commissioners Roger DeCarbo and Brian Burick previously agreed to seek proposals from appraisers. DeCarbo said Jefferson and Lee was the company recommended by county Solicitor John Hodge.
Commissioner Ed Fosnaught voted against the measure. He said he is against selling the county nursing home, Hill View Manor, on Pa. Route 65 in Shenango Township.
DeCarbo said he's interested in learning the nursing home's value, but it's not clear if it will be sold.
"I just want to know what somebody thinks it's worth," he said.
The Pittsburgh company will appraise the building and the adjacent property. Hill View Manor sits on about 30 acres.
Sale plans delayed
County officials had planned to sell the adjacent 14-acre parcel to National Commonlife Properties of Cleveland, which plans to build an assisted- and independent-living facility, but that deal hasn't materialized. Commissioners said the company is working on financing the project and has been given an extension on the sales contract.
Commissioners did not say how long it will take for the appraisal to be completed.
In other business, county officials are working on plans to commemorate Sept. 11.
Fosnaught said a ceremony will begin at the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. Police and firefighters from New Castle will participate as well as various officials.
The Second Presbyterian Church is also involved in the planning and will host a luncheon at noon, he said.

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