MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Legislature has voted to sell the County Home to VestraCare for a price of $16 million.
Incoming legislator Fred Larson, D-Jamestown, had been non-committal in the months since taking office, but voted to sell Wednesday night, making the final vote 13-5 in favor of selling.
Jay Gould, R-Ashville and legislature chairman, was absent from Wednesday's meeting due to health reasons.
P-J file photo by Mike Rukavina
"A clear majority of the voters want the County Home sold," Larson said. "Tonight, the majority gets it's wish."
He also said it was personally difficult and painful to be the deciding vote.
"It is no longer essential for the county to be in the nursing home business," Larson concluded.
Representatives of the Chautauqua County Home and CSEA Union have stepped forth prior to the fourth official vote on the County Home's privatization in an attempt to persuade legislators in their votes.
Former legislator Timothy Hoyer has taken a stand against the sale, speaking to legislators, "It will only cost $20 per person in this county. What is more important, your $20 or taking care of your neighbor's father?"
Todd Tranum, president of the Chamber of Commerce said, "Your decision to vote yes is a decision to save jobs, save an asset and do what is fiscally and financially right for the taxpayers and community as a whole."
The future of the County Home will be voted on within the next 30 minutes.