TMH OKs Habitat proposal

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Hammers and paintbrushes are in order now that Hospital Board members approved the sale of one of their homes to Moffat County's Habitat for Humanity group.

A decision to sell the house to the group at a discounted $45,000 sales price passed by a unanimous vote of board members at The Memorial Hospital meeting Wednesday night. Board member Ron Danner was absent.

"I'm so excited," said Habitat member Melinda Bobo after hearing the vote's outcome. "Now we get to pick up hammers and get to work."

Almost 50 people have pledged their services to the help the startup group begin its first project toward helping low-income families become homeowners. TMH Board members approved the sale of the house at 745 Yampa Ave. contingent on a $1,000 down payment, some real-estate agent costs, monthly payments of $100 and minimal interest on the loan to the hospital.

"I certainly think Habitat for Humanity is a good project and good public relations to the hospital," said Board member Sue Lyster. "This house represents a lot of the work done, not just a monetary thing, but goodwill of all the things that we stand for."

In other business board members:

Approved a 2005 management plan.

Listened to an update from Administrator Randy Phelps about the status of a financial report that will determine the scope of the new hospital. Phelps expressed frustration that the report has not been returned, but he said it was expected to arrive soon.

Listened to a report from Board member Melton Sullivan about hospital finances. Acc-ording to hospital efforts, a total of $2 million is expected to be saved by July for construction of a new hospital.

Listened to a report by Public Relations Director Pam Thompson about the TMH Foun-dation. A capital campaign is expected to run for three months starting July 8. The foundation also received computer software to help track funds and work on its fund-raising goals.

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