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Hospital has several choices for new location

To the Editor:

In regards to the letter published in the Nov. 21 edition of the Craig Daily Press:

You wished to hear from one of the naysayers concerning the new hospital. Well, here I am and if I fail to answer your questions, or you wish to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me.

First, let me make it understood that I, nor most of the people I speak to, are against a new hospital. We are opposed to it being built in the currently proposed location.

Now, to answer your questions,

1. Out of the three locations the hospital board was asked to look at, two have better access. One is on U.S. Highway 40 (east and west access) and a block from the intersection of Colorado Highway 13 and the bypass (north and south access). Another is on First Street (major east and west access). First Street connects to Colorado Highway 13 (north and south access) with no stops between Highway 13 and the property.

2. All three of the properties that were proposed are within the city limits of Craig. As we all know, Craig is not that big and emergencies do not always happen during clinic hours.

3. The Visiting Nurse Association can continue in its current location. It does not have to be next door to the hospital.

4. There are utilities to at least one of the proposed properties.

Now, to the question you asked at the end of your letter. Of the three proposed locations, all are in the city limits. They range in size from 10 to more than 24 acres. All are larger than the current proposed location and give growth potential well into the future. All three run in the price range of free to $1 million and all are vacant lots. The current proposed location is $1.8 million. That price does not include the removal of the homes and their outbuildings.

Glenda Bellio,

Craig


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