Island Borough Assembly last night voted 4-2 to continue the process of
building a new long-term care facility to be owned by the borough and operated
by Providence. Assembly members Mel Stephens and Louise Stutes were the
dissenting votes, while Assemblyman Tuck Bonney was absent.
In June of
last year, the assembly approved a contract with Architects Alaska to do the
concept design and planning for the long-term care facility. Last night's
action authorizes the company to proceed with completion of the design and
building plans, at a cost of $481,653.
public comments two women spoke of their personal experiences with the current
long-term care facility. Jacqueline Madsen said her mother is a resident of the
current care center:
-- (Care 1 40
sec "I don't know how many ...
improvement over the existing center.")
Walters said a new facility would make a difference for elders who want to
continue making Kodiak their home.
-- (Care 2 28
sec "It doesn't take much to
take ... community, who wish to stay.")
Torgerson is the administrator for Bayview Terrace Assisted Living, she
questioned why the borough would finance a long-term care facility and go into
direct competition with private business. She also suggested Providence could
buy Bayview Terrace and use it as a long-term care facility.
-- (Care 3 18
sec "Providence has already
expressed ... and the downtown area.")
Branson, who is the executive director of Senior Citizens of Kodiak which runs
Island Cove and the senior center, did not like that idea:
-- (Care 4 42
sec "Bayview Terrace is not a
viable ... sell a 34-year-old building?")