Although some of the neighbors were initially against it, a drug and alcohol de-tox company convinced them that establishing a de-tox facility in a semi-remote area of Highway 18 could benefit the community and its people.
At first, neighbors weren’t so sure, but later seemed to soften their stance when they learned that the company wanting to take over a former boy’s home would run it very professionally with 24/7 supervision and security just like they have run their other facilities for years in Eastern Oregon.
The Lincoln County Planning Commission was told by Power House staff that they would have no more than 25 to 30 clients de-toxing and that they would also have 13 to 15 full and part-time employees on-site at all times. They said they have a good track record of providing effective services to people who desperately need it.
Neighbors were concerned about the nature of the service but when they were told of the controls the county was putting on the operation they backed off. County officials reminded the hearing that the Truman House De-tox Center in Newport closed their doors a number of years ago, and that it left a big hole in the county’s ability to help drug and alcohol addicts get their feet back on the ground and get in to long term treatment – on an out-patient basis.
Unless an appeal if filed with the Lincoln County Commission, Power House is free to purchase the property and get busy helping people get their lives back together. Knowing the political and humanitarian persuasion of the county commission, an appeal would likely be denied.