Christian Community Home plans major interior redecorating
The City Council on Monday night declared its intent to issue approximately $4.4 million worth of revenue bonds on behalf of Christian Community Home, 1320 Wisconsin St.
The money would be used to fund a major refurbishing of the interior of the 81-bed nursing home. The nursing home also plans to add a hospice suite and refinance some existing debt at a lower interest rate.
Dan Goodier, executive director of Christian Community Home of Hudson Inc., a non-profit corporation, presented the plans to the council.
He said the nursing home, built in the early 1980s, is starting to show its age. The plan is to renovate the interior "from one end to the other," he said, replacing wall coverings, flooring and furnishings. The kitchen will be remodeled to allow diners to see into it.
In addition, a new common space will be added to the entrance of the facility, giving it a more homey feel, Goodier said.
He said the hospice suite would allow residents to die with dignity.
While the city can issue revenue bonds for health care facilities, it has no obligation to pay them off should the borrower default. The bonds aren't legally a debt of the city, either. City approval for the bonds is required to assure that only worthy projects are funded.
The resolution adopted by the City Council on a voice vote with no dissenting votes said the city will hold a public hearing on the proposed bond issue and publish a notice in the Star-Observer of its intent to issue the bonds.
Park fees debated
The council sent the Park Board's recommended 2003 park user fee schedule back to the board for further review. The council also asked the Park Board to provide information on the number of people using the various park facilities and the amount of money being collected. The recommended fees for use of Lakefront and Prospect Park facilities are listed in this week's Hudson Star-Observer (Feb. 20, 2003; page 3A).
Mayor Jack Breault expressed his opinion that park fees charged to city residents should be reasonable because they are already supporting the parks with tax dollars.
In other business Monday night, the City Council:
Council members expressed gratitude for the service provided by the firefighters.