Prairie View marking 50-year milestone
By Seth Schmidt
Attention readers, it’s time to play Tracy Jeopardy.
The category is “Community Cornerstones” for $500, and the answer is:
“Thousands of people have called this comfortable place home. This venerable institution is now celebrating its 50th anniversary in Tracy.”
“What is Prairie View Senior Living?”
Correct! Go to the head of the class.
Prairie View is hosting a 50th anniversary party Thursday, Sept. 29, 5 to 7 p.m., to commemorate the opening of what was then known as the Christian Manor in 1966.
“We’d like everyone to come out and help us celebrate,” said Brian Hinrichs, Prairie View Senior Living executive director.
Pulled pork sandwiches, beans, and chips will be served. There is no charge, and the public is invited.
Hinrichs says the event is intended not only to draw attention to the nursing home’s half-century milestone, but also thank the community for its on-going support over the years.
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Lyndon Baines Johnson occupied the White House, Karl Rolvaag was Minnesota’s governor, and a strange new television series called “Star Trek” had debuted in the autumn that the Christian Manor opened its doors in Tracy.
The Church of Christ’s General Benevolent Association had broken ground on the new nursing home in the fall of 1965. A dedication and open house for the 67-bed facility was held on August 28, 1966.
Rev. Homer Dobson, Tracy Church of Christ pastor, was instrumental in getting the $365,000 home built in Tracy, and became its first administrator.
The Christian Manor was then often referred to as a “retirement home.” Some of the first residents needed little or no nurse care, and were relatively independent.
“There were individuals who didn’t need a lot of nursing care. They just needed someone,” Dobson recalls.
The Christian Manor was soon filled, Dobson remembers.
The Christian Manor continued to operate as a non-profit until 1990, when it was sold to Tealwood Senior Living, and the new Prairie View name adopted.
Tealwood announced the purchase of the Tracy Nursing Home Inc. in the fall of 2006, and completed the transfer of its residents to Prairie View and other institutions by January of 2007.
For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.
City levy shows 7.6" increase
The Tracy City Council has approved a preliminary 2017 property tax levy that is a 7.61% increase from this year.
The $1,130,560 levy includes a 5.97% increase in the general fund levy, from $728,837 to $772,355; and an 11.7% increase in the debt service levy, from $311,744 to $348,205. The Permanent Improvement Fund levy is remaining the same at $10,000. Combined, the three proposed levies add up to an overall 7.61% increase in the city levy for next year.
The preliminary levy will be used by Lyon County in calculating “truth-in-taxation” statements mailed to property owners this fall. The preliminary levy can be decreased before year-end, but not increased.
The preliminary levy that was adopted by the council Monday, was significantly less than the 17.33% potential increase that City Administrator Mike Votca had penciled out in a memo for the council’s Sept. 12 meeting. At the council’s Sept. 23 “work session” on the budget, Votca said the earlier calculation had erroneously figured in some wages twice.
Discussion at the work session resulted in some additions to the 2017 budget. At Mayor Steve Ferrazzano’s insistence, $5,000 was added for the maintenance and improvement of the city’s web site. Votca recommended that “code enforcement” be increased from $8,500 to $16,800, to account for new estimates for the demolition of the former Tracy Masonic Temple building, and $875 for the city’s portion of drafting a new master plan for the airport.
The preliminary levy was approved on a 4-0 vote, with Ferrazzano, Kurt Anderson, Tam Schons, and Pam Cooreman (participating via Skype from Miami, FLA.) voting for the motion. Dale Johnson Jr. was absent.