City OKs annexation for hospital
By GALE PIFER, Contributing Reporter
Madison's proposed new hospital moved another step closer Monday night, when city commissioners approved annexation of land for the project.|
Commissioners also committed $150,000 toward the project and OK'd several other concessions, including waiving building permit fees.
Commissioners were unanimous in their support for the proposed new hospital. Commissioner Scott Delzer said, "This is gonna be very nice for our community."
Fellow commissioner Mike Waldner said the new hospital "is a huge deal for Madison."
Commissioner Nick Abraham said quality health care "is extremely important to our community," and the project deserves some special consideration.
Some of those considerations include the city agreeing to spend approximately $88,000 for materials and contracted labor associated with electrical improvements, and another $58,000 in city labor costs and other expenses at the hospital site.
In addition, the city will pay up to $3,000 for a water distribution system study and up to $1,000 for a sewer collection and plant impact study. Commissioners also waived the building permit estimated at $50,000.
Abraham said this is in line with what would normally be spent by the city for other new businesses or industries that have come to town.
Commissioner Dick Ericsson said, "We are blessed to have a facility proposed like this that will serve Madison's and the area's needs far into the future."
Mayor Gene Hexom said the project will be one of the largest single construction projects ever undertaken in Madison.
"The new hospital will set the stage for the next 50 years," he said. "The hospital project sets a tremendous stride for the city of Madison."
The current hospital was built approximately 50 years ago.
The $150,000 which the city has earmarked for the hospital will come from money dedicated to community development, the second-penny sales tax, $45,000 which was saved by refinancing funds owed for the Lewis & Clark Rural Water System, and money which was not spent for 911 improvements.
In other business, commissioners approved the canvass of votes cast in the recent city election. Roy Lindsay was elected to replace Hexom as mayor.
Commissioners also approved the sale of 15 used water meters to the town of Badger and another 10 meters for the town of Conde. The towns will pay $25 each for the used meters.
The Lake County Commissioners and the city will jointly hold an electronics recycling dropoff event on Saturday at the recycling center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With snow again falling outside, Public Works Commissioner Fred Snoderly said that city crews had to contend with between 15 and 17 inches of heavy, wet snow from April 9-13.
"It took us 3 1/2 days to complete the snow removal job," Snoderly said, "and although some people expressed disappointment that their driveways were filled in by snow removal operations, we did as good a job as we could."
Snoderly said it cost about $17,000 to remove the snow, including $3,600 in overtime pay.
"If we had to hire outside contractors to do the job, I estimate it would have taken from $45,000 to $50,000 to do the job," he said.
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