Lincoln County got some disappointing news this week. The county had applied to the federal government for a $5 million grant to establish a new, consolidated health and human services building on a section of parking lot across from the post office. The county learned this week that while their project scored in the 90% range of need and justification, the competition was fierce. So, no money this round.
But County Commissioner Bill Hall told News Lincoln County that Lincoln County’s costly and unavoidably less than efficient scattering of buildings cannot go on struggling to meet the needs of county residents. He said they have the Nye Building complex, the 10-10 building, and two other buildings at South Beach. He said needs are rising very fast for human and health services during this, the worst recession in eighty years. He said the county, therefore cannot drop its quest to find a solution.
And for that Hall says the county will continue to apply for grants, seek any and all partners including matching funding streams, whatever it takes, to keep hope and the county’s commitment alive to eventually build a new centralized health and human services headquarters on the courthouse grounds.