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Morrison OKs loan to nursing home

Official reports more leaks in water lines

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 2:01 a.m. CDT

MORRISON – A local nursing home is getting help from the city for its expansion.

On Monday, the City Council approved a $300,000 loan for Resthave Nursing Home from the city’s revolving loan fund, which is meant to help job-creating organizations.

The council also is considering issuing health facility capital improvement bonds for the nonprofit nursing home, a power given to cities under state law. Resthave sought Morrison’s help because the city can issue bonds. If the nursing home defaults, the taxpayers would not be held liable, officials said.

The city’s assistance will help with the nursing home’s three-phase construction project. The first, which is for assisted living, was recently completed and is awaiting state approval. The second will be for skilled nursing, and the third will involve a renovation.

With the retirements of baby boomers, assisted living is a growing area of the nation’s economy. Another assisted living development is planned for Morrison, and a new facility is slated for north Sterling.

Also at Tuesday’s council meeting, Gary Tresenriter, the city’s public works director, reported on the ongoing water tower reconstruction project. When it was taken out of service in July, the city has seen more leaks in its service lines, with the system finding “weak” spots, he said.

The city has responded to 42 service line leaks since the beginning of the year, most of them since the tower project started. The problem, Tresenriter said, hasn’t affected mains.

He showed the council an example of a leaking service line, saying it was probably 80 to 100 years old and should have been replaced decades ago.

Because of the leaks, public works employees are having to work night hours in some cases, Tresenriter said.

“We keep plugging away and fixing them,” he said.

Officials expect to finish the tower project by mid-October.

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