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CLINTON - Three options for disposal of the shuttered DeWitt County Nursing Home will be presented to the county board this week.

The options include offering the building and property to an individual or group that has an acceptable plan for its use; sell the property in two tracts; or demolish the buildings and sell the property as farmland.

The board's nursing home committee agreed last week to take three ideas to the full board Thursday for consideration.

The nursing home closed about a year ago after a new private home opened in Clinton.

The board is waiting on engineering estimates for demolition of the home. The estimates were sought after Teen Challenge backed out of talks with the county for the property last fall. The group had plans to open a drug treatment program on the property but was concerned with potential renovation costs for the home.

Committee member Bruce Wilson suggested that a group or individual interested in the property submit a three-to-five-year plan and a performance bond. The bond would finance any clean up or damage done to the property if a plan was not completed.

Clinton resident Tom Bray spoke to the board several months ago about a possible plan to open a vocational school on the site. Bray is out of town, but board members hope to resume the discussion when he returns next month.

Most members of the county board agree that leaving the empty building on the Hallsville property indefinitely is not an option. The cost of demolishing the building is a concern for board members, who said they hope the cost will be covered by the proceeds from a land sale. The county owns about 77 acres of property in addition to the nursing home. n;

A decision to advertise the property will be made in the next several months after demolition estimates are reviewed.

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