Tri States Public Radio Staff
Wed December 14, 2005
Lee County Community Center a Possibility
Lee County, IA – The future of a community center for Lee County residents with mental health and other developmental disabilities could be decided next week. Nearly 8 months ago, the county board of supervisors chose to start accepting proposals for a community center. C-P-C administrator Jim Posz says the committee evaluating the 4 proposals the county received, is recommending the offer from Burlington-based Hope Haven Development Center. He says the community center would offer programs such as personal care skills, leisure activities, cooking classes, internet skills, and money management. Posz says the center could save the county nearly $120,000 a year as those attending would not use some of the current services provided by the county. The annual cost to operate the center would be about $42,000. Posz says about 340 residents could use the center, which could be open 5 days a week for 4 hours a day in Fort Madison.