At the July Monroe County Board of Supervisors meeting, I mentioned examples of correct information about the proposed county skilled nursing/assisted living project that disagreed with county administration information. Below are some examples.

Incorrect: The Rolling Hills building does not meet building codes. Some bathrooms are too small and do not meet building codes.

Correct: The Rolling Hills building and all its bathrooms do meet building codes. Buildings are built and inspected according to building codes in existence at the time of construction.

Conclusion: Building evaluation - Rolling Hills needs to remodel or rebuild.

Caution: The building evaluation was done by a nursing home construction company. This is like asking Aaron Rodgers if he wants to play in the Super Bowl. YES! An unbiased building evaluation should be with a company that only evaluates buildings, not a construction company.

Incorrect: Wipfli, the consulting company hired by Monroe County, projected state rate reimbursement increases for assisted living of 2 percent each year for 2017-20.

Correct: The state of Wisconsin has not given an increase in assisted living in over six years. In fact assisted living reimbursement was cut in 2014 by 5 percent.

Most private senior living organizations spend over one year in research, financial and market feasibility studies and evaluation before working with an architect on smaller projects − less than $5 million. The county is proposing this $16 million to $18 million project with less than one year of study.

Monroe County needs correct information and to act with caution.

Michael Bonello,

Sparta

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