This Glandorf Building on O-G Road served as a nursing home for several years. It is now owned by the county and being considered as office space for Putnam County offices. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
This Glandorf Building on O-G Road served as a nursing home for several years. It is now owned by the county and being considered as office space for Putnam County offices. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)

GLANDORF - The Putnam County Commissioners have taken another step into proposed plans for the Glandorf complex (formerly The Meadows at Ottawa-Glandorf).

They have hired Technicon Design Groups Inc. to draw up plans on how to change the occupancy of the building from a care center to office space.

Putnam County Commissioner John Love said they are considering making the Glandorf facility into office space for county offices including Job and Family Services, the Putnam County Board of Election, and Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice.

"The advantage would be that we would be moving these offices out of the flood zone ," said Love. The county also will be able to move two of the offices out of buildings currently rented by the county.

In December 2013 the commissioners approved allocating 25 percent of the casino revenue the county receives to the capital improvement funds for 24 months beginning Jan. 2014 and continuing thru Dec, 2015. Renovation expenses for the Glandorf facility will come from the county capital improvement fund.

The Putnam County Commissioners became owners of the building after completing a transaction with Trilogy Health Services as part of the agreement with Trilogy Health Services, the county retains ownership of the Putnam Acres building and land once it is vacated. The county also became owner of the Meadows at Ottawa-Glandorf building and 5.9 acres across the street from it.

The county has a triple-net lease agreement with Trilogy in which the county retains ownership of the Putnam Acres facility, but Trilogy is responsible for the internal operations costs of the facility and pays a $15,000 monthly lease fee to the county. This fee increased to $25,000 per month once Trilogy moved its O-G Meadows beds last year to the Putnam Acres Facility.

Once the new Trilogy facility on Putnam Parkway is complete the county will retain ownership of the Putnam Acres building and land. As part of the agreement the county also became owners of the O-G Meadows building and the acreage across the street.

One proposed use of the Putnam Acres facility is to have a country records center where all of the records are stored in a protected building. The county currently has records stored in many locations including the fourth floor of the court house. The commissioners indicated this structure could be used to store all county records including deeds, journals, plats, and other records in one location in a safe matter.
story created on Friday 1/3/2014 at 4:32:17 pm by Nancy Kline