Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) Superintendent Rosalie Durbin was present at the commissioner’s meeting to discuss the leasing of a building for the Gallco program. The two-year renewable lease would allow for the occupation of a now vacant building once used by the Gallipolis Developmental Center (GDC). The lease contract would be signed with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, a state agency which oversees GCDD, its programs and GDC.
According to Durbin, the relocation of the adult program to the Gallipolis area will be positive for the program since the larger building will allow for the provision of extra services. Currently, 50-60 clients will be relocated into the new building, but a possibility exists for more clients to use the facility. Durbin also stated that approximately 11 full-time staff persons will be on site.
This relocation will also be good for the entire agency as the Early Childhood and Family Center, which houses the Guiding Hand School and other programs, relocated to the area on Mill Creek Road in 2008. She said it would also be helpful since the same staff often work at both Gallco and the Early Childhood and Family Center.
Durbin also reported that Gallco will be responsible for the minor day-to-day maintenance of the facility and utilities will be included in the lease agreement. The process of moving the facility is expected to begin in October.