Ollie Hawkins, supervisor of GAR, told the group commissioners agreed to meet and discuss concerns regarding the county home.
Knowing it would be an emotional meeting, Hawkins
began by saying she
wanted to show appreciation for Carroll County Commissioners.
"I have been here for 21 years and had commissioners backing who have been fairly supportive, some more than others and we have always had good communications."
said the development of the county home ground has been in discussion since 2011.
Everyone knew this issue was coming it was just a matter of when, how and how much we would have.
stated the county home is not going to close and discussion would involve how much property are they going to have available and what portion of any royalties or gas money they may be able to put into a trust.
said during her
tenure at GAR
, they have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies which has made many improvements, windows, doors, floors, roof.
"We could not have done any of those capital improvements without that money," said Hawkins
"The commissioners are the ones who put the money through to get those funds funneled to us.
also noted generous donations, volunteers who worked at the home over the last 173 years, and area farmers helped when the county home had crops in the gardens.
This type of help continues today.
"The community support, past and present is outstanding," she
said the county home averages 50 residents and 15 on a waiting list.
feels in order to keep the county home functioning and keep capital improvements and keep security, changes are needed.
did a title search and found there is no provision to return funds to the county home from the sale or development of property.
said salaries and budget take over 50 percent of funds and she
does not look for that to change.
Usually employees begin employment at minimum wage but she
would like to be able to bump wages up to $8 per hour.
Monthly fees for residents remain $1,600 per month and have not been raised since 1996.
feels rates may be increased $200 per year up to $2,000 per month.
It currently costs $2,700 per resident per month.
submitted questions to commissioners before the meeting and noted she
would "like to help try to organize a formal request to the commissioners to retain more acres than has been allotted and a portion of the lease bonus and royalties or income created from property be deposited into a trust to be used for capital improvement for the Carroll Golden Age Retreat
said their concern is older people sitting on the front porch watching semis pull in and out of the driveway.
Ohler said he
had a discussion 6-8 weeks ago.
can't remember if it was at her
request or if he
just stopped in. Hawkins
said, "You came out and asked, 'How much of this land do you need?'" At that point, Ohler stated, "Ollie
wanted to expand the parking lot and needed at least a minimum of 15-20 feet of where I am presently at.
They looked at the property line and at that point Ohler told Hawkins
if we go straight back to the property line, do you think that would be ok?
They also talked about the cemetery and Hawkins
didn't think they would need much expansion at the cemetery.
did not realize the decision she
made that day was going to affect the facility for the next 100 years.
feels it was not clarified that she
telling where she
wanted a parking lot was going to define the boundaries.
has no permanent improvement funds and they did work on bathrooms to make them handicapped accessible and reinsulated a room.
The bill came to not over $9,000 and she
spoke with her
accountant and decided to sent the bill to the commissioners and see what happens.
Once again Hawkins
said the county home would like to have more acreage, a portion of the bonus money and of the royalties.
can be reached at Carroll Golden Age Retreat
Carroll County Commissioners can be reached at 330-627-4869.