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February 8, 2014
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

DOWN: To the Wood County Commission for backtracking on its position on the need for an overnight shelter to house people arrested for public intoxication. When Westbrook Health Services announced recently it was not renewing its lease with the county to operate the agency's Amity Center, the commissioners approached Latrobe Street Mission representatives about taking over the operation. Latrobe Street officials agreed, but would need $60,000 from the county to fund the shelter because a deadline for applying for the grant Westbrook used to fund the shelter had passed. This past Monday, the commissioners rejected the request and advised Latrobe Street officials to apply for a grant later this year. However, this puts Latrobe Street Mission officials in a difficult position. Board members must now decided whether to lease the space - which may not be available if the county changes its mind. While we understand the county's reluctance to use $60,000 for funding, if the shelter was such a need when Westbrook ended its affiliation, why is it not a need now?



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