Decision on north building could come today
Friday, January 11, 2013 2:13 AM
A "discussion/decision" on Wellington Place's request to remove the 'north" building" is on the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors' Monday agenda.
The Board will discuss the topic at 11 a.m. in the Board room at the Winneshiek County Courthouse.
Wellington Place Administrator Deb Vondersitt met with the supervisors in July to request the north building, which is attached to the Wellington Place care facility, be taken down. She said it doesn't meet state fire code and that Wellington Place officials have been given until May to bring the north building into compliance or Wellington Place will no longer be certified as a nursing facility.
Wellington Place is a privately run care facility near Freeport that leases property from the county for $1 per year.
Constructed in the 1880s, the north building is the last of the original county "poor farm" structures. Several county residents have expressed interest in keeping it, possibly "mothballing" it for future reuse. It hasn't been used to provide services to residents in more than two decades.