Hospital’s location narrowed to 3 spots |

Hospital’s location narrowed to 3 spots

Board to decide by end of January

Amy Hamilton

Don Jones has called about a dozen of his neighbors in the Ridgeview subdivision about their top picks for the placement of a new hospital.

“Some were in the dark about it and others seemed well aware of it,” the city councilman said.

Jones is on a committee set to recommend one of three proposed Craig sites to construct a new hospital for The Memorial Hospital.

Two sites up for consideration are off U.S. Highway 40 and another is on Moffat County Road 7. Advisory board committee members expect to recommend a decision to hospital board members by the end of January, TMH board member Ron Danner said.

A general consensus among city council members and some members of the public at an earlier meeting showed strong support for a site owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College, across C.R. 7 west of Shadow Mountain Village.

The Kloos site is south of West Victory Way near the intersection with Colorado Highway 13. The Wilson site also is on Victory Way near Craig’s west entrance.

But advisory board members won’t see the costs associated with each site until a 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 meeting at the hospital, TMH Public Relations Director Pam Thompson said.

That’s the date that landowners are expected to have submitted their final offers. At that time, advisory board members also will get a first chance to hear the results of appraisals and cost comparisons from the hospital’s project manager, Griffin-Hammis Associates of Denver.

A final meeting, which has yet to be announced, should include facilitator Tim Sarmo, who works for the state’s Department of Local Affairs.

Jones said that he won’t make a decision until potential hospital costs are presented.

“We need to see some facts some figures,” he said. “These are a lot of these costs that the City Council asked for two years ago.”

The public is invited to attend the meetings, but no more public input is being sought.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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