Negotiations are ongoing between Waupaca County and the state over the potential lease of Lakeview Manor for a state veteran’s program. The county’s Finance and Public Properties Committees met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Dan Zimmerman this (Wednesday) morning. Zimmerman says the state is eyeing the property to run their Veteran’s Housing Recovery Program, where homeless vets, including females, from around the state could be transitioned into housing, and develop job skills. The state has proposed lease terms, but the committee members are uneasy with the terms. For one, county officials prefer to sell the property, and secondly, the state terms do not include a viable “out” clause for the county. Yet the county knows the property is more appealing to potential buyers if it is already being leased. First Weber Realty’s J.D. Manville is handling the selling of the property. He says he has investors willing to make an offer, in the 3 to 5-hundred thousand dollar range, if the property is already leased. The committees today approved letting the county’s corporation counsel negotiate new lease terms with the state. Lakeview Manor, the former county nursing home, has sat empty now for more than a year, since the closing of the facility last spring.