OSAGE | At the weekly meeting of the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors, members heard a request from Jason Palmer, of J&J Salvage, to be granted the task of cleaning out the former county care facility building.

The Board of Supervisors had been considering an auction to dispose of the remaining items, but estimated costs proved greater than the proposal put forth by J&J Salvage.

Supervisor Shannon Paulus said it would cost approximately $900 for advertising, an addition $1,200-$1,500 to catalogue the items, $22 to sort the items, a 20-percent commission on all items sold plus the dumpster fees to dispose of items not sold.

J&J Salvage offered to completely remove all of the items and clean out the building at the cost to the county being the dumpster and tipping fees.

“I feel an auction would be a money loser,” said Supervisor Stan Walk.

Mitchell County Attorney Mark Walk said, “In most estate auctions, after advertising, the majority only break even. Ten percent lose a little, 10 percent lose a lot. Very seldom do they make a lot, as most things have been gone over and given away before the auction begins. “

In the case of the county care facility, every nonprofit organization in the county has been given the opportunity to go through the building and claim any items their organization might need to serve the public purpose, with J&J salvaging intending to donate further to nonprofits as they go through the building.

With the drop in temperature, the building would need to remain heated until clean up could be continued, at a continued cost to the county. J&J Salvage proposed to get started on the project immediately and completely clean out the building.

“Jason will take stuff to Shop on State, NIVIC and Comprehensive Systems,” Paulus said. “In addition, two items are going to Riceville for alternative seating and South Square, the old elementary school in St. Ansgar, is setting up incubators, which are spaces people can rent out as work spaces."

In addition, an environmental study conducted on the building revealed asbestos in the flat-rocked, under the pitched roof of the building. This would need to be removed if the building were ever to be repurposed for something else. The 72 acres around the building are currently being looked at by Mitchell County Conservation as a potential wetland bank, which could be a good money maker for the county.