Council to consider hospital letter

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The last time officials representing The Memorial Hospital attended a Craig City Council meeting seeking a letter of support for the construction of a new hospital, a large group of residents objected causing the council to table the issue.

TMH officials will return with the same request Tuesday night but circumstances have changed.

Residents objected to the council offering its support in November because they didn't agree with the decision to build a new hospital in the same location the current hospital sits. Some residents said the price was too high, expansion capabilities are limited and it would cause a hardship to residents on Russell Street, which would have to be closed.

Council members agreed more information was needed and voted to table a letter until language could be drafted that reflected the council's support of a new hospital but its uncertainty about the location.

"We do represent the community and the letter should reflect our representation of the community," Councilor Bill Johnston said.

At that time, TMH Administrator Randy Phelps said the hospital board had not considered building in another location.

That's changed.

At a public meeting the day after the November council meeting, hospital officials agreed to look at other sites and began collecting proposals.

Community members, hospital officials and the hospital's building consultant toured five sites Feb. 15 and will evaluate each to determine which may be the best and then compare that to remaining on the existing site.

The council never did readdress writing a letter of support after being told by Phelps following the meeting that it may be a moot point.

Now the hospital is seeking support from other entities, including the city council for the fund-raising efforts of its foundation, which has set a goal of raising $2 million for the construction of a new hospital. The letter also may help secure funding from Housing and Urban Development for the construction.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of Craig City Hall.

In other business, the council is scheduled to:

  • Appoint a new member to the planning and zoning commission.
  • Hold a public hearing and consider and ordinance to vacate a portion of the north 15-foot easement on Log 1, Block 2 of Green Tree Business Park Subdivision, located on the 300 block of Green Street.
  • Consider granting a temporary hotel and restaurant liquor license to B&P Satterwhite, Inc., which is doing business as Beef and Peppers in the Centennial Mall.
  • Award a bid for workstations and notebook computers for the engineering, parks and police departments.
  • Consider a request to purchase a Wacker compactor for the water distribution crew.
  • Award a bid for restocking inventory for the water department.
  • Consider a request to use an informal bid process to purchase electronic valve operators for filter control valves.
  • Consider a request to purchase metal to skin the truck barn for the Road and Bridge/Refuse Department.
  • Consider the second reading of an ordinance amending the 2002 budget to show actual expenditures.
  • Consider the second reading of an ordinance carrying projects into the 2003 budget that were not completed.
  • Consider a resolution that acknowledged the receipt of a petition for the annexation of nearly 100 acres owed solely by Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig.
  • Consider approving an agreement for professional compensation for consulting services with Lee&Burgess Associates of Colorado.
  • Hear the 2002 year-end financial report.

Christina M. Currie may be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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