Bidding war for Dubuque County-owned care facility over
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DAC, Inc., which currently operates programming at the Julien Care Facility, withdrew its bid to buy the building from the county
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
A bidding war over Dubuque County's Julien Care Facility ended Wednesday, when one of the bidders withdrew its offer.
Developing Alternative Choices, or DAC, Inc., currently operates the programming within the county-owned building. Hillcrest Family Services also uses a wing of the building for one of its programs. Both DAC and Hillcrest have been in a months-long bidding war over the building, which county supervisors put up for sale this spring.
At a meeting with county supervisors Wednesday, DAC announced its decision to withdraw its bid. It notified the media of its decision in a release Thursday.
Dave Smith, DAC's director of Dubuque operations, said he and the company decline to comment further on the matter.
Dubuque County Board of Supervisors chairperson Daryl Klein said Thursday he hopes this new development may ease the transition as Hillcrest assumes control of the entire building.
"My hope is that it's going to make the transition a lot more seamless," Klein said.
Even though there's only one bidder now, state law requires supervisors to hold a public hearing before passing a final resolution to accept Hillcrest's bid of $1.25 million. That public hearing will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. Klein said he anticipates passing the final resolution later that same evening.
If the resolution passes, Klein said supervisors, Hillcrest and DAC would be facing a 120-day transfer period.
Julie Heiderscheit, Hillcrest's vice president of human development, said the company is looking forward to using the Julien Care Facility to provide services to clients. She said Hillcrest has a similar facility in Ottumwa, and employees there will help oversee the implementation of the Julien Care Facility programming.
In past coverage of this ongoing bidding process, Smith has expressed concern that awarding the bid to Hillcrest would jeopardize DAC's approximately 70 workers at the Julien Care Facility. Hillcrest president and CEO Gary Gansemer has said Hillcrest would interview any DAC staff member who wishes to apply.
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