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Seek exception for housing for special needs adults in Tama

September 28, 2015
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama's Board of Adjustment will meet this week to consider a request for a special exception for use of a home at 1310 Overlook Drive in the Indian Hills Addition. The meeting is set for Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Public Lounge at the Tama Civic Center, 305 Siegel.

Meetings are open to the public.

The ARC-Tama County organization, owner of the house, purchased it for four adults with special needs to live after announcement Pheasant Ridge Care Facility located north of Toledo would be closing this year.

In the application for the special exception to allow the use of the property it is noted it was remodeled to provide a "homelike setting," does not contain any apartment units and "it is in all respects a typical home setting and arrangement."

The application refers to "a national movement to allow special needs individuals to live in homelike situations such as this rather than be warehoused in state institutions as they have been in the past."

Genesis Development, based in Jefferson, Iowa, will operate the home according ot the application. Genesis had leased Pheasant Ridge from Tama County and operated it since 2009. John Willett, Tama attorney and treasurer of ARC - Tama County prepared the application. The organization paid the $100 fee required for the Board Adjustment to meet in special session.

Board of Adjustment members are Sue Carnahan, Cecil Bearden, Mike Wedmore and Jim Plantz. There is presently one vacancy on the board.



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