Habitat for Humanity seeks TMH home

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Members of a startup Habitat for Humanity chapter want to launch their first home and think they've found a match with a house being sold by The Memorial Hospital.

It's an idea that Habitat members pitched to Hospital Board members at their regular meeting Wed-nesday night.

"It's a cool idea," Habitat member Marilyn Bouldin said. "It could be good publicity for the hospital and good for Habitat for Human-ity."

Habitat members want to purchase the house, 745 Yampa Ave., that is for sale by TMH. They propose to pay a total of $25,000, including a $500 down payment and $100 a month while the boarded-up home is being renovated. After the home is revamped, the family that moves in would take over the remainder of payments on the house.

While board members also see Wednesday night's proposal as a benefit to the start-up group and the community, it's unclear whether they legally can accept the deal, board member Brenda McKey said.

She said the hospital already has turned down two proposals from buyers to purchase the house at $50,000.

And, though the hospital is selling the property to boost its coffers to build a new facility, the property is county-owned and needs the agency's approval before selling. McKey said board members planned to seek advice on these issues at a joint conference meeting later this month.

"The board is supportive of Habitat for Humanity, but until we know more and get informed we can't make a decision," she said.

More than 50 people have pledged donations of labor and support for the building of a Habitat home since the group started in December, Bouldin said. Creating the chapter's first home with a remodel project would be a less expensive and more feasible feat for the group than building a home from scratch, she said.

In other business, board members:

Approved the purchase of three pieces of equipment to be used by TMH physicians. They include two monitors that measure the level of consciousness of patients under anesthesia for $10,000; a urology retractor used in kidney surgeries for $8,700; and a new replacement Harmonic Scalpel used in endoscopic surgeries for about $20,000.

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