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AGENCY DROPS AS CANDIDATE FOR BUILDING

February 13, 1996

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A county commissioner hopes to have more than one contender for the Valley View Care Home building.

Fearing that a decision has already been made, a social service agency for unwed mothers has withdrawn its proposal for occupying the former county nursing home.

However, Douglas County Commission Chairman Louie McElhaney said he wants Hannah's House back in contention for the Valley View Care Home building, 2518 Ridge Ct.

``I want to give them the full opportunity to be considered,'' McElhaney said.

He added that, at least in his book, Hannah's House may even have an advantage over United Way of Douglas County, which got the most attention from commissioners during a presentation of proposals last week.

``If they want to buy the building rather than us keeping ownership, then I like their proposal,'' McElhaney said of Hannah's House.

Hannah's House would buy the 26,000-square-foot building and turn it into a residential facility for unwed mothers and their babies. The agency's continuing support services and a day-care center also would be located in the building.

McElhaney said he would contact Hannah's House officials in hopes of bringing them back into the process.

Sue Booth, president of the Hannah's House board, said the agency notified the county officials by letter late last week that it was no longer interested in Valley View.

During Wednesday night's meeting, Booth said, it seemed to Hannah's House representatives that United Way representatives had received information unavailable to Hannah's House and that commissioners seemed more interested in the United Way proposal.

``It just appeared that things were going politically toward United Way,'' she said.

County officials said Monday that a series of miscommunications before and during Wednesday's meeting contributed to the problem.

McElhaney noted that the fact that Hannah's House came to the meeting with a more complete proposal diverted commissioners' attention to United Way.

``United Way didn't present us anything, so I was having to ask a lot of questions,'' he said.

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