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Jackson County seeks to rent care facility

Jackson County seeks to rent care facility

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ANDREW, Iowa — Jackson County Supervisors are working with DAC Inc. of Maquoketa to rent the former Andrew Jackson Care facility so it can be used as a residential care facility once again.

The two groups are working to come up with a lease agreement. It is located north of Andrew, across from the county farm.

The facility was closed at least six years ago after the Gannon Center ended its operations there. The facility was built in 1976 as a residential care facility. It now houses several Department of Human Services offices, along with the emergency management coordinator.

Todd Seifert, DAC director, is expected to meet with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors next week to finalize a three- to five-year lease.

Seifert proposed $2,500 a month rent for the first six months, up to $5,000 a month in the second six months, $6,000 in the second year and $7,000 a month by year three. Seifert said DAC will do the mowing, maintenance and snow removal.

“If we get the building full, we will have no problem increasing the rent sooner,” Seifert told the supervisors.

Plans call for a 40-bed facility with 18 new jobs. Seifert said he would like to move in clients by Sept. 1.

“This is a big deal,” supervisor chairman Larry “Buck” Koos said. “We are pretty excited about it.”

Koos said the timing of DAC possibly opening the facility after it lost its lease on the Julien Dubuque facility is coincidental. Koos said he was contacted by Seifert before the lease issue came up in Dubuque. Koos said Hillcrest had also approached the county about using the care facility.

“There’s a real need for residential care facilities,” supervisor Jack Willey said. “This will be similar to what was there for years. We would like to have the facility utilized in the manner it was built. It will be nice to see the lights on again.”

Supervisors would have to have a new sewer lagoon built, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, with engineers to provide cost estimates next week. The county’s Revolving Loan Fund may be used to help pay for the construction.

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