Brunswick commissioners vote on hospital property, voter ID, retirement benefits

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County Commissioners accepted a bid Monday night for the former Brunswick Community Hospital property.

Crown Management offered $1.5 million for the land and building. The company had originally offered $500,000 for the property—well below the $2.5 million the commissioners wanted.

Crown Management wants to open a mental healthcare or psychiatric treatment facility at the site. Crown says this will create more than 80 jobs and provide crucial mental health services to the county.

Commissioners have 10 days to hear other offers or consider a higher bid.

In other news Monday night, Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of adopting a resolution requiring local voters to provide identification at their polling place. Commissioner Charles Warren was the lone no vote.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a contract with AECOM Technical Services for the removal of lime sludge that was discharged from the NC 211 Water Treatment Plant. The contract is in the amount of $79,408 with AECOM for the remediation project and a three-year period of monitoring both water and vegetation in the surrounding area.

Commissioners also voted 5-1 in favor of a revised policy, which forces county employees that are hired on or after January 1, 2012 to have to work for "10 years of continued creditable service" or 15 years total with Brunswick County to receive retirement benefits.

In terms of Medicare, right now Brunswick County currently pays all the Medicare for all former employees 65 and older. Monday night, they voted 3-2 to approve eligible retirees who are 65 and older to receive Medicare benefits based on how much time they worked for the county.

25+ years of service: 100% paid by county
15 years: 75%
10 years: 50%

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