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County panel backs $7.2 million Lasata project PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:48

Committee recommends nursing home renovations but votes to shelve CBRF it fought for in December

An Ozaukee County committee on Tuesday recommended borrowing $7.2 million to renovate and downsize the county’s 48-year-old Lasata Care Center nursing home in Cedarburg.

    But, in a stark departure from its stance just four months ago, the Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to shelve plans for the second part of the Lasata Senior Living Campus initiative — what was supposed to be a $3 million, 24-room community-based residential facility (CBRF) that architects recently concluded would cost more than $5.7 million to build.


    “I cannot justify spending $5.8 million for 24 units,” Supr. Cynthia Bock, chairman of the committee, said. “It’s just such a different scenario than what the CBRF was supposed to be. The numbers just don’t work.”


    In December, the committee pushed hard to move ahead with the CBRF, which was seen at the time as a critical first step in a $10 million effort to improve the quality of care at the Lasata campus and keep it financially viable.


    A vote on borrowing for the new facility, however, was delayed by supervisors who insisted the county hire an architectural firm to vet the costs and designs for the proposed facility, as well as the nursing home renovations.     


    “I don’t want to do the CBRF and find out we don’t have enough for the nursing home,” Supr. Rob Brooks, who led the effort to delay the vote while a study was conducted, said in December.


 
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