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ONES LLC sells its Pawhuska building off Highway 99

Photo caption: The Osage Nation Environmental Solutions LLC owned this commercial-zoned building south of Pawhuska for about five years, which was sold in August 2019. BENNY POLACCA/Osage News

A commercial-zoned building owned by Osage Nation Energy Solutions LLC is now sold after being placed on the market earlier this year.

ONES LLC owned the building south of Pawhuska along State Highway 99 for approximately five years. The building sits on 5.37 acres and was most recently used by the ON Department of Natural Resources to house its aquaponics operations, which are now relocated to the Nation-owned Bird Creek Farm.

ONES LLC Board Chairman Eddy Red Eagle Jr. said the building property sale is finalized as of Aug. 9 sold to Mark Short. The building sold for $145,000 after the ONES LLC Board approved the sale during a July 22 special meeting.

Jacque Jones, director of ONES LLC operations, said Short purchased the building with cash.

Earlier this year, ONES LLC engaged realty services of Keller Williams Realty Premier to market the building for sale originally listed at $230,000 following a market analysis on the property.

In a collaborative statement on the building sale earlier this year, the ONES LLC Board said: “Owning the property does not fit ONES LLC core business plan; we can align the revenue from the sale to better align with current business plan.”

In other business, the board also discussed seeking an appropriation for operations expenses from the ON Congress, which is convening for the 2019 Tzi-Zho Session starting Sept. 3. The priority of the Nation’s legislative fall session is the 2020 fiscal year budgets and other appropriation bills will be considered during the 24-day session.

The board did not specify a prospective appropriation amount during the meeting, but discussion did touch on whether to request funding to employ two new positions for an environmental expert and grant writer, which ONES believes would be essential pending approval of its application to the Small Business Association’s 8a loan and government contracting program.

According to its website, the SBA 8a program is intended to help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, which can compete for federal contracts, thereby providing revenue to ONES with an approved 8a application.

The Congress will also consider a $1 million appropriation bill (ONCA 19-81 sponsored by Congresswoman Maria Whitehorn) to the Nation’s economic development fund during the session. The economic fund expenditures are limited to those authorized by Congressional appropriations, according to Osage law.

ONES LLC also continues to network and seek business relationships with other entities and organizations as the 8a application processing continues. ONES LLC plans to issue a company update at the United Osages of Southern California fall gathering scheduled Nov. 2 in Carlsbad, Calif.

For more information on ONES and its business capabilities and services, visit its website at: www.osagesolutions.com