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Wood Lane to start Miller home renovations, plans open house for 1st children's home

By Marie Thomas Baird, Sentinel-Tribune
Published Friday, November 24, 2017

The Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities is marking the start of major renovations to one of its homes and the opening of another specifically for children.

A bid was accepted at Monday's board meeting to renovate the Dwight Miller home on South Main Street, and an open house has been set for the children's home on Melrose Avenue.


Three bids were received for the renovation project. The board accepted Engelke Construction Solutions LLC out of Brunswick with a base bid of $517,299, plus alternates for finished flooring at $20,289 and cabinetry and shelving at $21,580.

A deduction of $1,025 for an attic fan was made after it was determined the WCBDD staff could do that work itself.

The total cost of the bid is $558,044.

The project was delayed in August when bids for the work came in over the budgeted $559,000.

The WCBDD wants to change the home, located at 432 S. Main St., into a duplex with two units of three bedrooms and three bathrooms. One unit will be on the ground floor and one on the second floor of the 4,200-square-foot home.

The six residents currently in the home will be moved to the first floor while work is completed on the second floor. They then will move to the second floor while work commences on the first floor.

That adds to the cost, said Superintendent Brent Baer, but families were open to ideas as long as the residents were not moved out of the home.

An open house at the county's first children's home at 1022 Melrose Ave. will be Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m.

Anticipating a large volume of attendance, the board has arranged for parking at Peace Lutheran Church on Pearl Street and a shuttle to the site.

The board in October agreed to the home to meet the needs of children who lack local residential services.

According to Baer, a home for school-age children wasn't in the works until 2019 or 2020. Up until now, the only option for residential placement for school-age children has been outside Wood County.

The cost of the home was $200,000; the board received $175,000 in state capital dollars. Renovations totaled $174,000 with $127,000 paid by the state.

The four-bedroom home is in a quiet neighborhood and is fully accessible. Admission requires the child to be a resident of Wood County, eligible for WCBDD services, and between the ages of 6-18.

According to Baer, the first admission will be in mid-December, the second in mid-January, and the third mid-February to allow for time for transition of each child. Initially it will only be these three, but the house can hold up to four if an unforeseen crisis necessitates the need.

The children will have 24-hour staffing with a 1:1 staffing pattern during waking hours. The three children scheduled to move in first are all within the age range of 12-15. The home also has 2 "wings" to allow for some separation, he added.

The board offices already have received calls from families willing to move into Wood County to be admitted into the home.

"It's a good example of a great organization doing great things," board President Ed Metzger said.

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