The Monroe County Board of Supervisors overwhelmingly approved a location for the new county-owned nursing home at Wednesday’s county board meeting.

After examining two possible site locations presented by Advance Engineering Concepts, the Rolling Hills Advisory Committee recommended by a 5-0 vote board approve “Site 2” because sewer and water lines will not interfere with construction, utilities are closer for cost of connection, topography is advantageous for site preparation and the soil is viable.

“Site 1” is situated to the south of the existing nursing home location and Site 2 sits across the road on Highway B to the east of Site 1.

Board chair Cedric Schnitzler believes Site 2 is a good site.

“I think it’s high, it keeps you out of the flood plain, there’s a lot of utilities that are close and we’ll proceed from there,” he said.

The full board approved the site by a 13-3 vote with supervisors Dan Olson, Carol Las and Nodji Van Wychen voting no. The facility is projected to cost $16-18 million.

In other business, the board cancelled a scheduled closed session to discuss arbitration with Louis Berger Group, the architect that designed the Justice Center. Schnitzler told the board that Lewis Berger has yet to make an offer.

The county blames Lewis Berger for design flaws that led to millions of dollars of cost overruns for the project that was completed earlier this year.


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