Public weighs in on hospital location |

Public weighs in on hospital location

Jim Meineke thinks the new hospital should be built on the Kloos site, because the low-lying area would be easily accessible year round. Cindy Biskup’s vote goes out for a site owned by Colorado Northwest Community College because of potential long-term benefits that a new, adjacent college facility might bring. A few others visualized the new hospital at the Wilson site, gracing Craig’s west entrance.

About 35 residents voiced opinions to an advisory board of The Memorial Hospital that is charged with determining the best of three proposed sites for a new hospital.

Monday night’s meeting was intended to help the 18-member appointed board hear the public’s wishes.

“The purpose of this is so we can hear some of the comments from the community that we haven’t heard yet,” TMH board Chairwoman Sue Lyster said.

Advisory board members will offer a recommendation to TMH Board of Trustees on one of the three proposed sites. TMH board members have the ultimate say, but officials have said they hope to reach a decision soon into the new year.

Three sites that TMH board members have whittled down from the 10 they started with last year at this time are on Craig’s west side. They include the Wilson site off U.S. Highway 40 near the Columbine Apartments and the west entrance of Craig; the Kloos property near the Ridgeview subdivision; and the CNCC property off Moffat County Road 7 and west of Shadow Mountain Village.

Some of the most vocal people at the meeting were property owners from the proposed sites.

They offered input about the merits of their property and answered questions about soil and water on their respective sites.

During an informal vote, the majority of those in attendance chose the CNCC property as their first pick.

Advisory board member Cathy Vanatta said she would not allow local landowners trying to sell property influence her investigation into the right site for a new hospital.

“We’re looking at the best site, and we’re looking at what will be best for the future,” she said.

Advisory board committee members are set to attend next week’s Craig City Council meeting to gather more input.

Financial costs of hospital construction and specifics of each site will be discussed in upcoming meetings, Lyster said.

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