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Council favors CNCC property

Christina M. Currie

Taking out the cost factor, the majority of Craig City Council members thought the Colorado Northwestern Community College property was the best site to construct a partial replacement hospital.

Members of a site selection advisory committee formed by The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees attended Tuesday night’s City Council meeting to get a feel for where members stood as a group and as individuals on the three proposed sites.

“Even though we can’t ignore cost, that’s not (this committee’s) charge. That’s for another group,” spokesman Ray DuBois said.

Councilor Tom Gilchrist said, all things equal, that he favored the CNCC site for one reason.

“With the goal of putting things together for future growth, we have an opportunity to blend the college, the hospital and a nursing school,” he said. “I like all sites and I think they all would work, but for the long-term potential for the city of Craig, that site offers the most benefits.”

Councilors Kent Nielson and Don Jones said they have heard more input from the public on the CNCC site than the others.

But, council members said cost can not be discounted, including the costs associated with subdividing the two sites that will need to be subdivided — the CNCC site and the Kloos property.

“We want some of those nonfinancial issues to come out,” TMH board member Ron Danner said.

The cost of building on each of the three proposed sites will not be available until the hospital board receives a proposal from CNCC, he said.

In response to a question from committee member Glenda Bellio, the council members said they would change their pick if a significant cost savings existed between it and another site.

That cost would have to be significant, though.

“There is a certain amount of cost associated with doing what the public wants,” Mayor Dave DeRose said.

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