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Long Commission discusses adult day care
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Coastal Manor Long Term Care Facility administrator Elise Stafford discussed adding adult day care to the center during  the Long County Commission’s  Sept. 1 meeting.
According to Stafford, the project also was discussed during the last Liberty County Hospital Authority meeting, and it appears to be attainable.
She said that if the center is approved, it will take between four and six months to build, bringing about 35 jobs to Long County.
Stafford said the day care would have flexible hours. Clients could stay as little as a half day up to a week. At $250 per week, she said the cost would be less than other care options.
Stafford told the commission that people who reside in Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties currently are given preferential status for acceptance into Coastal Manor. The day care’s acceptance policy would mirror Coastal Manor’s.
Funding for the day care would come mainly from a grant through the Department of Agriculture.
After a brief discussion, the commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding, which is necessary for the approval process to continue. The memorandum will be reviewed by the county attorney.
Department of Agriculture representative Tommy Hatcher went before the commission to discuss a loan/grant combination.
After approving the memorandum, commissioners said a loan for up to $230,000, along with a $50,000 grant, would be approved by the USDA to buy road equipment.
The seven-year loan will have an interest rate of no more than 4.375 percent.
Next, the commission heard a complaint from Hinesville Fence owner Jeff Dawson regarding the contract a county employee received to repair a fence owned by the county. Commissioners said they are revising the county’s purchasing policy. Dawson said he had been working in the county for 15 years and he wanted an opportunity to bid for county jobs.
Chairman Bobby Walker said the situation had been mishandled.
In other business:
• On behalf of the Coastal Workforce Board, William Miller presented a plaque to the commission for its support. Miller said the program provided summer jobs for 45 children in the county.
• Walker said Georgia Marine Extension Office is sending out technicians to conduct a survey of on-site septic systems and drinking water wells. Residents shouldn’t be alarmed if they see a technician working at their homes.
• Walker said the animal control research committee was established and member Mark Hall will be contacting members to set up the first meeting.
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