Revealed: 2/25/2021 9:57:48 PM

Modified: 2/25/2021 9:57:46 PM

UNITY — Sullivan County officers look to be leaning towards a $54 million renovation of the present county nursing dwelling, alternatively than trying to find to establish a new one particular thanks to the bigger charges of new design.

Officers estimate an solely new nursing dwelling both at the county elaborate in Unity or elsewhere could value somewhere amongst $75 million and $80 million, claimed Mary Bourque, the county’s director of amenities and operations, for the duration of a Monday conference of the Govt Finance Committee held in individual in Newport and also streamed on Zoom and Facebook Stay.

Creating new also would require returning to the drawing board to design and style a new job, which could hold off the begin of building by a couple of yrs, Bourque claimed. It also could entail buying land for an added $500,000 and relocating absent from the Unity intricate, which would insert about $1 million in annual functioning costs, she reported.

Ought to officials approve the renovation venture as built, “the wheels could be turning correct absent with a design get started in early fall,” she claimed.

The 156-mattress nursing dwelling, which sits in Unity following to the county’s jail, has antiquated heating, plumbing and electrical units, County Supervisor Derek Ferland stated.

County officials have been talking about improvements to the nursing dwelling for about 5 many years. All through that time, 3 things have pushed the estimated expenditures of the job upward: modifications to federal laws and setting up codes improves in the fees of construction supplies and labor and the want to do the renovation task in phases to decrease the effect on inhabitants and staff in the facility, Ferland mentioned.

“If we’re likely to continue to be in the nursing property business enterprise as a county then we have to do one thing,” he stated.

In September, the Sullivan County delegation rejected the renovation proposal, which at that position was approximated to cost $49.5 million, by a vote of 11-1.

As proposed, the renovation would consist of gutting the nursing home’s Stearns constructing, generating aesthetic enhancements to the McConnell constructing and demolishing the Sanders making to obvious place for an 82,000-square-foot addition.

The Sanders building was created in 1931, Stearns in 1975 and McConnell in 1997.

The approach would insert space to residents’ rooms, lower the ratio of residents for every toilet and maximize the amount of communal space.

At the time of the September vote, delegates voiced desire in checking out the possibility of relocating the nursing household from Unity to an additional aspect of the county, as very well as worries about undertaking a task of that scale during the COVID-19 pandemic and just right before the November election.

But immediately after Bourque’s presentation on Monday, officials expressed guidance for returning to the renovation venture.

The a few county commissioners in the meeting, Chairman George Hebert, R-Goshen Vice Chairman Bennie Nelson, R-Newport and Joe Osgood, R-Claremont, all said they have been in favor of the renovation.

“I really don’t comprehend placing much more money into it when the work which is been performed on this venture puts us inside code for various a long time to come,” Hebert stated. “I believe it’s a wonderful job. I’m completely in favor of it.”

The Government Finance Committee is envisioned to reconvene within just the upcoming 7 days to vote on a recommendation to the entire delegation. Should officials opt to shift ahead, the delegation would want to approve the undertaking by April 30 so that the county can implement to the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Financial institution in time for the July bond sale, Ferland stated in a Wednesday e mail.

In addition to the renovation strategy staying the decrease-cost choice, Ferland mentioned that it would make perception to transfer forward now while “interest rates are at historic lows.”

Nora Doyle-Burr can be arrived at at [email protected] or 603-727-3213.