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Marathon County gives green light to Mount View Care Center renovation


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The largest county-owned nursing home in the state is getting a 13-and-a-half million dollar renovation.

Mount View Care Center in Wausau is part of the Northcentral Health Care Center campus. The Marathon County Board passed the resolution to modernize the structure on a 29-5 vote Tuesday. Supervisor Sherry Abitz supports the project, but admits there are many things the board will have to stay on top of.  “We will have to verify more of the details on it, make sure on how it (the money) is going to be spent, and we have to collect contracts and the design.”

Abitz is concerned about the high cost of upgrading the mechanical systems, replacing the front entrance, and creating more private rooms without shared bathrooms, but believes the facility is important to the region.  “We’ve been talking about it for so long, so everybody kind of, is well aware of what the cost is going to be and I’m more concerned on how we are going to really collect the money in order to update it, but we need to keep it in our community. We need to serve our constituents and the residents of our area and our county, and I’d hate to have it be lost.”

The project will take a long time to finish. Abitz says some planning still needs to be finished, and the actual construction might be a slow process.  “It’s going to be very time consuming. I’m hoping that there’s not a lot of asbestos that we have to be concerned with. As far as I know, everything was on the level with that portion of it, but it will be interesting to see how it’s going to move forward and I’m looking forward to that.”

Construction could start by late summer, and is expected to take up to two years to complete.

Marathon County will finance the 13-point-5 million dollar remodelling project with general obligation bonds.

Mount View Care Center & Northcentral Health Care Center campus is one of the largest nursing homes in Wisconsin, and is the largest county-owned facility in the state.