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No Decision Again for Strategic Behavioral Health

After two days and many hours of testimony, a state panel has once again NOT made a decision on a psychiatric hospital proposed for Bettendorf. Thursday the Iowa State Health Facilities Council voted 2 to 2 on the plan by Strategic Behavioral Health.

A spokesman for the council says that means the application is neither denied nor approved, and the Tennessee-based company can ask to have its application reviewed again. 

The hearing began two weeks ago, and one of the five members was not present due to a death in the family. So the continuation of that hearing Thursday meant only four heard additional testimony and could vote.

Earlier this year there was a similar non-decision when there was a vacancy on the council, and it split 2 to 2. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.