Moffat County College District Board to sell land to Memorial Regional Health
December 20, 2018
CRAIG — After almost a year of working through legal issues, the Moffat County Junior Affiliated College District Board voted on Monday, Dec. 17, to sell about four acres of land to Memorial Regional Health at fair market value.
It was one of three property issues before the board.
During public comment, Pam Foster voiced concerns about selling the property, as she said space was originally set aside for the development of a theater or recreational facility and was concerned selling the land would not leave enough room for future growth.
Legal concerns about the initial request, which was for the land to be donated to the hospital, created a lengthy delay.
It was unclear if a donation of assets would be allowed under Colorado law. The Colorado Community College System — of which CNCC is a part — determined it would not stand in the way of a sale so long, as the proceeds will benefit the college.
Board Secretary Zach Allen made the motion to approve the sale of about four acres of Lot 2 to MRH for the fair market value of $273,000, to be paid through a lease-purchase agreement with a term of 24 months. Payments will be $11,373 per month, with a $1 buy-out at the end of the term.
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The motion was passed by Board President Mike Anson, Allen, and Lois Wymore, with both board Treasurer and MRH CEO Andy Daniels and college district board and MRH board member Terry Carwile abstaining.
The decision was made following an executive session held to discuss several property concerns with legal counsel.
After the executive session, board members also voted to extend the lease for the Trapper Building for two months under 2018 lease terms.
"A sales contract was provided to the Seeley's. They need additional time to close on the property," Anson said.
Once that business had been completed, the board entertained an alternative student-housing proposal presented by Colorado Northwestern Community College President Ron Granger.
At the November meeting, the board voted to forward to the CCCS a plan for a third-party to build on-campus student housing, which would be leased back to the board and college.
Instead of accepting that proposal, CNCC is proposing the board purchase the Valley Vista Inn — a hotel that sits to the southwest of The Memorial Regional Hospital.
Members of the board are concerned with the age of the property and its distance from academic buildings.
Granger is exploring the feasibility of converting the property into student housing and is expected to provide more information to the board, Anson said.
During the meeting, board members learned that the Bank of the West had donated to the college a painting created by Craig artist Jane Hume, which has been hanging in the bank for the past 30 years. It will now become part of the CNCC art collection.
The board also approved the following:
• Minutes of previous meetings, including the mill levy for 2019.
• The treasurer's report.
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