Alexander, ND (KEYZ) About 90 people showed up at the old Alexander Gym last night to discuss the pros and cons of opening up a residential drug and alcohol treatment house for those in need in McKenzie County. George Owen of Summit Counseling says he’s surprised when the outcry comes from the community to do something about it, and now that he and his wife are trying, a sizable minority say “not in my backyard”.
“There are some folks who would prefer we not be there, and then there is a lot of support from those who want us to start something and quit talking about it. So our next move is we’re going to file for the permits today, (Wednesday April 11) on the facility and then it will go to the County Commissioners, as is my understanding (for approval) is how it will play out,” says Owen.
Owen says his organization has been offered a suitable facility outside of town, for a very reasonable price by the land owners. “It’s two miles from the Wild Bison Truck Stop, it’s in the middle of a field, a 40 bed (facility) built as executive housing for an oil company and they went belly up after the boom. They have abandoned it and the land owner took possession of it and they want to sell it to us for a ridiculous price,” says Owen. Owen tells News Radio the complex, (pictured above) was built at a cost far exceeding the asking prices of 300-thousand dollars. The set up includes housing for staff, and office spaces for therapists and doctors.