Parkview #1.tiff

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The residents of Parkview Retirement Complex found out Monday they have some decisions to make - and soon.

The three Fallon County commissioners spent more than an hour explaining to residents and guests that they need to answer a question - if they would be willing to move out of their apartments for about eight months.

The residents of the complex on Third Street also were asked another question by the three commissioners - whether to start the renovations this year or next.

The commissioners also left with some decisions to make - how they can find places for the residents to move to during the renovations - and find the answers before another meeting in several weeks.

The meeting was held in the greeting room of the complex with commissioners Deb Ranum, Roy Rost and Steve Baldwin.

It was Rost who explained that once the renovations start that the residents would be displaced up to about eight months, but possibly less.

“We still have to get this okayed through the county health,” Baldwin explained. “We want to know which direction you want to go - now or next year,” he added.

According to Ranum, the complex has been in need of repair for a number of years and it has always been put off.

“We have known for years that we would have to fix it up. We just kept putting it off and putting it off and doing other projects.”

She admitted that the commissioners needed the two-week break before doing another meeting at Parkview just so they could also get some answers of their own. “We need to get more facts,” she added.

Rost told the residents that the county would help in the search for extra housing. He also explained that when the building is vacant, the renovation can start and a big question for the residents is if they want to see it done sooner rather than later.

According to the commissioners, there is a vacancy in a second area where one of the residents can move, leaving the county and residents looking for five places to where the remaining residents can move for however long the project takes to complete.

According to the people in the building, some of the needed repairs include a carpet with gaps covered by strips of duct tape and also has exposed nails coming through. The residents have also cited problems with drainage where water comes through the walls into the basement and also problems keeping the rooms warm or cool, depending on the season.

Rost noted that the residents would lose some of their closet space to have the forced air installed.

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