Hanover County group home will stay open

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HANOVER COUNTY, VA (WWBT)--The group home in the Chickahominy District of Hanover County will no longer shut down.

The community services board had recommended shutting down that facility--which is one of three county-run group homes in Hanover.

Seven residents with intellectual disabilities would have been relocated, but the county could have saved $100,000. Concerned community members spoke up, calling for the board to reconsider.

Susie and Sarah Chenault were two of those people. Sarah lives in the group home in Mechanicsville and if this proposal had passed, she would have had to move 30 miles away to a facility in Montpelier.

Sarah is thrilled to keep her routine intact while her mother Susie is eager to help the county find other revenue sources.

This decision comes with a long-term plan to save the county money.

Hanover County supervisors have asked the community services board to prepare a public-private partnership for all county group homes by the end of this year.

The goal now is to privatize operations of all three facilities by June 30, 2011.

Landfills will be closed one day a week and there will be an average of one extra child per classroom.

There are no tax increases in Hanover though and more money for libraries will no longer require them to close one day a week.

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