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December 4, 2020

11/13/2020 1:46:00 PM
No nursing home merger with county and UHH, budget set

There will be no joint venture between Iowa County and Upland Hills Health for nursing home facilities, the Iowa County Board voted Tuesday.
The board will notify UHH via letter, informing them they are ending negotiations. The two facilities have been in discursion since 2015 in an attempt to ascertain how the number of nursing home beds should be determined in the county. At present Iowa County operates Bloomfield Manor with UHH operating their own facility.
The Bloomfield Manor part of the study Committee started their planning in 2014. After a series of meetings and study it was decided to build a new facility as the cost to remodel was thought not in the best interests of the county taxpayers.
The study also strongly suggested that a Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) be included to finance the skilled nursing part of the campus.
The BM group started working with Samuels Group and Engberg-Anderson and a conceptional drawing was completed in December of 2015.
UHH entered the picture when representatives made a presentation to the Bloomfield committee on August 25, 2015. That began looking at the possibility of doing a study of options for a Bloomfield and Upland Hills partnership. Upland Hills Health had been looking at a three year strategic plan.
In April of 2017 the Nursing Home/Assisted Living Committee approved a resolution establishing Prairie Village Care which would be an independent non-profit that was not under the control of Iowa County. This was agreed upon by USDA-Rural Development and recommended by the Nursing Home/Assisted Living Committee. consisting of county board members and met from November of 2016 thru May of 2017. These documents were intended to be able to include a partner in the construction of a SNF or CBRF in Iowa County.
With government regulations and the COVID-19 pandemic it was decided the future of senior care has become a cloudy picture. For that reason it is being suggested by the Senior Living 2020 Committee to not pursue a partnership with Upland Hills Health at this time.
Iowa County will still continue to work with Upland Hills Health in every other capacity concerning the residents of the community and will continue assessing the level of commitment to senior care.
The board approved the operating budget for 2021 that features a mill rate 11 cents lower than last year. The rate will be $613.96 on $100,000 of property. Last year's rate was $614.07.
The county tax levy is $13,957,866.00.
The board proceeded with obtaining financing for the purchase of highway equipment and financing capital projects.
Per the resolution on highway equipment is for $240,000 and will fund equipment for 2021.
Also approved was a resolution authorizing financing up to $1,137.000 for capital projects.
The board approved an amendment to the Iowa County comprehensive plan that designates the City of Mineral Point extraterritorial area as Farmland Preservation. It was noted the designation would not limit growth in Mineral Point, instead cleans up some areas not suitable for development.
In other matters the board:
-Honored Pam Steffes with a recognition certificate upon her retirement for her many years of service to the Iowa County Sheriff's Department.
-Heard a report from Supervisor Bruce Paull about the recent drug court graduate who was also married in the courthouse the same day.
-Approved a resolution allowing carry-over from the 2020 budget into 2021.
-Approved the County Aid Town Bridge Construction resolution which includes Coon Rock Road in Arena, Survey Road in Dodgeville, Blue River Road in Highland, Dry Dog Road in Pulaski, Brotherhood Lane Bridge, Dugway Road, Hands Hill Road, and Pikes Peak Road in Ridgeway and Sylvan Road in Waldwick.
The total amount of county aid granted, including the highway administrative fee, is $77,426.99.
-Approved an easement through the county parking lot for electrical needs at the former Corner Drug Store.
-Approved a land use change in the Town of  Clyde for Cedar Valley Preserve and Daniel and Anita Townsend for the rezoning of 7,02 acres from A-1 Agriculture to RB-1 Recreational Busiess to be considered consolidated with adjacent RB-1 and to rezone 6.49 acres from RB-1 Recreational Business to A-1 Agriculture to be considered consolidated with adjacent A-1 land.
-Approved a land use change in the Town of Pulaski which rezones2.809 acres from AR-1 Ag Residence to B-2 Highway Business and 20.685 acres from AR-1 Ag Residence to AB-Ag Business for Stephen and Cheryl Delventhal. The Deventhals plan to run a Home Decor Shop and sell local produce, plants and locally produced honey, jam, syrup and related items.

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