January 24th , 2013 10:18 am Leave a comment

City’s housing agency considers future of former day care facilities

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With the closure of the Community Day Care and Learning Center, the Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency is considering a future use for the two facilities leased to the day care.

The EHDA Board of Directors received an update on what would become of the two units leased by the day care during its monthly meeting Tuesday morning.

EHDA Director Kelly Geagley told the board the units would be used to store the day care’s equipment and supplies until the process of closing the day care with the State of Tennessee was complete. Once the process is finished, the day care will hold a sale of equipment and toys to help raise money to pay the center’s debts.

The day care closed Friday, Jan. 18, after battling declining revenue and enrollment for years. Geagley, who also served on the board of directors for the day care, said the center ran out of money to fund the daily operations.

“There were no other problems with the day care outside of the funding problems,” Geagley said. “When they first opened they were the only day care in town, and they were the only one that accepted the vouchers for low-income families for a long time. Now there are day cares all through the county and families have more options.”

Geagley said the day care had a number of debts and it was unlikely the sale of the equipment would raise enough to cover those expenses. The day care owed the EHDA around $10,000 in back utility payments. The day care received a utility allowance like other tenants, and only had to pay for what was used over the predetermined allowance.

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