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County delegation to decide fate of old nursing home Aug. 22

THE NEW COUNTY NURSING HOME, shown here as of last Thursday, Aug. 11, is rapidly nearing completion at the County Complex in Ossipee. An Open House has been scheduled for Sept. 10. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
August 18, 2011
OSSIPEE— The county delegation is set to meet Monday, Aug.22, to decide the fate of the current nursing home once the new home is opened and residents are moved in next month.

At their July meeting, delegates made it clear they need a clear plan for the building's future use and cost estimates for renovations. Commissioners are expected to present their proposal at Monday's meeting. Also at issue is whether or not the Carroll County branch of UNH Cooperative Extension will be moving into office space at the old home. In a public hearing held on that issue last month the crowd packed into a county meeting room spoke overwhelmingly in support of relocating that agency. As with all county delegation meetings, the Aug. 22 meeting is open to the public and begins at 9 p.m.

The new nursing home construction project is moving on schedule and is expected to be completed in time for the Sept. 10 open house. Nursing home administrator Sandra McKenzie reported to commissioners at their Aug. 10 meeting wallcoverings are being installed while health, emergency, and zoning inspections have been taking place. Representatives from the state and federal nursing home licensing departments wil be meeting for a tour and inspection of the new building Aug. 30.

"The new building…what can I say? There is a great deal of activity that is now getting down to the coordination of efforts…everything is going well," said McKenzie.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord Osman
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