Washington Co., WI – It has been several weeks since the Washington County Board’s May 10, 2023, meeting and still no media has reported on the Potter Lawson report for Washington County’s Campus Plan with a cost of $65,318,400.Washington_County_Master_Plan_Report
We believe this grandiose plan is a slap in the face to the supporters who want to continue serving the county’s disabled and elderly by keeping a skilled nursing facility, Samaritan.
Several supervisors changed their support from renovating the current Samaritan building at a cost of $15 million, despite its financial sustainability. They appeared to have been “wowed” by the new building plans a private company could provide if a sale of the licenses could be negotiated. It is clear those who voted for the sale are not concerned with the $8 million price tag to close down the current Samaritan.
The supervisors did not consider the plans to build a new facility at a cost of $32 million. Perhaps if they had been presented that plan, they would have seen how the county could have a first-class nursing home equal to what a buyer could provide.
We propose Washington County scale back that planned $65 million administrative campus to only the needed changes by removing the “nice to have” building changes. The county could make a sizeable down payment investment in a new nursing home facility to keep a positive cash flow for a county-run nursing home facility. It could be a real win for the county that truly demonstrates our commitment to preserving a high quality of life for the seniors and disabled in our community.
Link to Potter Lawson plan can be found on the Washington County website under the meetings tab. Search for the May 10 County Board Meeting and tap on the Online Agenda. Choose Master Plan Presented by Potter Lawson
Lois Krueger-Gundrum, Washington County Supervisor, District 15, Slinger
Linda Gurath, Washington County Supervisor, District 5, City of West Bend
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