Wednesday, January 2, 2013

County to discuss plans for senior care

Commissioners to hold 2 special meetings

Express Staff Writer

Blaine County commissioners will have an unusual meeting schedule over the next two weeks, due in part to the holidays falling mid-week and in part to a planned meeting focused solely on skilled nursing for seniors.

The commissioners did not hold meetings during the week of Christmas, and similarly did not hold meetings on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. However, the board will hold a special county meeting today, Jan. 2. The meeting is expected to last most of the morning but adjourn before Commissioners Larry Schoen and Jacob Greenberg head to lunch with members of the Blaine Soil Conservation District in Shoshone.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey. It will start with an executive session and public comment, then move into reports from Sheriff Gene Ramsey, Clerk JoLynn Drage, County Administrator Derek Voss and Operations Director Char Nelson.

The board will also choose which commissioners will serve on nonprofit and other organizational boards in the county and region over the coming year. Those include the boards of Blaine Manor, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center. Commissioner Angenie McCleary has said she serves on nearly 20 boards.

The commissioners will hold their special meeting about skilled nursing on Monday, Jan. 7.

At 9 a.m., they will hold a virtual tour of The Plaza at Santa Marta in Kansas, a senior-care facility managed by Texas-based Greystone Communities.

Greystone has partnered with the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation to propose building and managing a tiered-care facility in Croy Canyon west of Hailey.

The commissioners visited sites managed by the other two candidates—TanaBell Health Services and Safe Haven Health Care, both based in Pocatello—in December, but were unable to schedule a personal site visit to a Greystone facility, as none are yet completed in Idaho. One facility is currently under construction in Boise.

The virtual visit will be followed by a presentation by the foundation and Greystone regarding changes to the facility proposal. The Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation is expected to lower the amount of a general obligation bond that it is requesting—currently an estimated $29.5 million—by finding a new funding method for the independent senior living units included in its original plan.

The commissioners are expected to begin evaluating all three proposed senior-care facilities Monday at 11 a.m. That discussion will continue Tuesday at 10 a.m. and is expected to last an hour.

Tuesday’s meeting will also include the selection of officers for the board. McCleary has been serving as chair of the Board of County Commissioners, but new officers are elected at the beginning of each calendar year. The vice-chair slot was held by former Commissioner Tom Bowman until his resignation in October. 

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