By Doug Hampton
The Wyoming City Council heard from a developer interested in building an independent living facility in town. The proposed development would be located at the corner of S. Main Ave and South St., just south of Bo/Gar Enterprises.
Country Comfort Retirement Homes owner, Sherry Pettett was introduced by city Economic Development Director Denny Rewerts. The company has been in business for 23 years and currently has facilities in Henry, Princeton and Elmwood.
Pettett said, “Our facility would provide a place for people who don’t necessarily need the services of a nursing home, but would benefit from having the services we provide.”
The company works with Katie Kim of The Kim Group in Peoria. Kim presented tentative drawings of what the facility would look like and of an area next to it where up to seven one-story duplexes could be built. The main facility would be between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet.
The facility would include 10 private apartments, each with its own outside entrance. Each individual unit would also have a door that opens to the center of the building, where a community area is located. This would be a comfortable area where residents could visit with each other, watch television programs, attend organized activities or have meals.
The apartments would be ground level entry with a bedroom, bathroom and a small kitchen area. A couple of units would have two bedrooms. Rent would include all utilities and grounds maintenance and services such as housekeeping, laundry and meals twice a day on weekdays. A facility manager would also check in with residents twice a day.
Kim said, “The units are designed for independent living, but with the benefit of some great services.” The facility will not be licensed to provide any medical services, but many services of that nature are available through programs at the Henry/Stark County Health Department.
The area to be developed includes enough space east of the main facility where lots will be available for purchase by individuals to build ground level duplexes. The plans also include a small storage facility with the idea that some residents may be downsizing and need to store some items.
Maher said that, “Senior housing has been something the city has been pursuing for years and this sounds like a good fit for Wyoming.”
Rewerts indicated that if the proposal is accepted by the council, the project will be likely breaking ground yet this year. Pettett did indicate that they will be asking for funding under the city’s TIF district.
The members of the council will review the proposal and discuss it at their next meeting on April 26.
In other business, the council approved a change for the 2016/2017 annual audit to Wolf/Tesar, out of Pekin. City staff indicated the current firm out of Galesburg hasn’t been as responsive as they had been in previous years.
A TIF Beautification application for Wyoming Veterinary Service in the amount of $3,000 was approved by the council. A donation of $500 was approved for the Morel Mushroom Festival to be held on May 7.
Torbert Electric submitted the winning bid for electrical service at the sewage treatment plant. The electric work is in relation to seasonal disinfection upgrade required by the EPA.
City Superintendent Joe Kinsella presented the council with pricing on a camera that can be used in the storm and sewage drains. The city has spent over $6,000 renting a camera over the past few years, so they determined it would be worth the cost of $12,741 to purchase one.