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PUBLIC MEETING SET MAY 1 ON CARE CENTER IN KAYSVILLE

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The Kaysville City Council Tuesday decided to hold a public meeting to hear opinions from neighbors for a proposed intermediate care facility for the elderly.

The council is inviting residents from the neighborhood around 200 West and 600 North to attend the May 1 meeting and voice their opinion on the proposal, which would be built across the street from a similar facility, the St. Marks Garden care center.The council must issue the facility, proposed by the Gardens Development Co., a conditional use permit for construction after the Planning Commission determined it falls into the multifamily residential classification under city ordinances.

After reviewing the proposal, the Planning Commission passed it along to the council with a recommendation for a public hearing.

It would take almost a month to set a legally defined public hearing, putting the developers behind schedule, so the council decided to hold a public meeting instead, inviting residents of the area to express their opinion. A public hearing, as defined in the city ordinances, is not legally required for a conditional use permit.

The developers want the facility open by Sept. 1.

Gardens representative Milt Hanks told the council the facility will be similar to one his company operates in Ogden. He described it as a transition type of home, for persons who no longer can live alone in their own homes but don't need nursing home care.

Residents will live in individual apartments clustered around a central atrium and dining room area, he said. The center will provide meals, laundry and housekeeping services but not medical care.

The preliminary site plan calls for 77 units, almost all single apartments with a few doubles, Hanks said.

Jerry Lindford, who has lived near the Ogden facility for almost a decade, said there have been no problems in his neighborhood and most residents consider the complex an asset.

Mayor Brit Howard said some residents have expressed concern about the concentration of facilities that care for the elderly in a single part of town but none have voiced any actual opposition to the proposal.