Outta there!

County buying old Stillwater Abstract building for temporary housing of West Annex offices
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, August 15, 2019
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As county officials draw closer to removing hazardous contaminants found in the old hospital and deciding what will become of the building, offices currently housed in what is known as the West Annex are being moved due to health concerns.

Stillwater County Commission revealed at the regular Tuesday morning agenda meeting that it is entering into a buy-sell agreement with the old Still-water Abstract building on North Fourth Street in Columbus to purchase the now empty building for $145,000, pending an appraisal and inspection.

Offices currently housed in the West Annex that will be moved to the new site are Planning, Economic Development, Superintendent of Schools, Environmental Health, Extension/4-H and two administrative assistants.

Those offices are currently located between the old hospital and the Meadowlark Assisted Living Facility.

Hamilton said that the county feels it necessary to avoid any possible health issues that could potentially be caused by the remediation of the contaminants in the old hospital.

There is approximately 1,400 square feet of asbestos, lead-based paint, mercury and mold in the old hospital that must be removed.

The county is currently in the process of seeking bids for two potential courses of action — one being the removal of hazardous materials for remodeling and the second being the removal of hazardous materials for building demolition.

A federal Browns-field Project grant is being used to help with the costs.


“The hope is that we will be able to move them over the Labor Day weekend holiday,” Hamilton told the News. “We are currently getting estimates to have a moving company help with this. “

Minimal work is needed to get the new building ready and include the construction of a few interior walls as well as a back door, said Hamilton.

“Overall the building is in good shape (and) could be utilized by the county for many years should we choose to,” said Hamilton.