The Stevens County Board of Commissioners held a work session on Tuesday with members of the Hancock group raising funds to open a daycare center and event facility in Hancock. Brady Koehl and Lindsay Bruer reported that they finally received their 501(c)(3) status, a process that took longer than anticipated. While they did not offer a figure of how much money they have raised to date, they did say that $500,000 in grants have been submitted. Answers should be coming in four to eight weeks. They did admit that they could use assistance filling out the lengthy and complicated paperwork that is needed to secure some of the funding.
County Coordinator Rebecca Young told the KMRS Community Connection that the Commissioners urged the group to hire someone as needed to get things done, as building season is upon us.
“There was a lot of discussion about trying to catch the construction season, which is quickly upon us here,” said Young. “So, there was some real encouragement and push from the Board to try to capitalize on this existing construction season. If we don’t see something almost done by the end of the year here, the County will be facing grant repayment starting.”
The proposed daycare would accommodate up to 108 children. A recent survey concluded that the facility would be 98 to 100 percent at capacity on the day it opened, which prompted Commissioner Bob Kopitzke to tell the Hancock group at the work session:
“We want this project. We don’t want to see this slip through the cracks because you’re not getting paperwork done,” Kopitzke cautioned the group.
The Hancock group has a tentative purchase agreement pending for the property on Main Street.