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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

Prescott nursing home gets support letter but no money

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

The Linn County Commission on Monday, Feb. 27, voted to send a support letter for a grant application that is being submitted by Jesse Willard to turn a former nursing home in Prescott into a residential facility for seniors and disabled people.

The commission stipulated, however, that the project would not receive any county funds.

For more than a year, Willard put pressure on the commission for financial help to remodel and revive the Prescott Country View nursing home. However, the commission decided against putting the requested $750,000 into the project.

Rejecting Willard’s request to put the issue on the ballot, commissioners suggested Willard had the option of mounting a petition drive to get enough signatures to create a hospital district similar to the Scott and Lincoln Township hospital district. Willard declined to do that, however.

In other business, commissioners:

• Received a report county health department Administrator Missy Lancaster. According to the report there were 53 contacts made by the health department during the past week. Those included two blood level tests, one case management, one charting, two COVID immunization, five COVID tests, one urine culture, one information and referral, 29 phone contacts, one strep test, three TB/chest tests, two virtual webinars, and three women, infant, and children (WIC) contacts.

• Learned that Rose Mohler was hired for Clerk I position in the county clerk’s office and will start mid-March at the rate of $15.60 per hour.

• Approved the mowing bid for county properties in 2023 from Levi Fyock, Scarecrow Farm Lawn Care, for $905 per mowing .

• Received a three- to five-year equipment replacement plan from Public Works Director Shaun West. It show the list of equipment, the age of the equipment or miles, and what years they should be replaced.

• Approved purchasing a new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado V-6 pickup for the Planning and Zoning Office. The current vehicle is a 1997 truck wit 48,000 miles. It will go to the south shop to replace a 1996 truck. The truck will be purchased from Victory Chevrolet for $40,614.

• Approved writing a support letter with no monetary support for a grant that Jesse Willard is submitting for an elderly and disabled facility in Prescott.

• Learned that Nick Mitchell received his CDL license in one-half the time and will start working at the landfill.

• Learned from West that he is checking with Webber Heating and Air for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) bid.

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