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JPs hear update on hospital’s progress

The Van Buren County Quorum Court heard an update on progress at the county hospital at its meeting last month.

County Hospital Board of Governors Chairman Donnie Collins said work is on schedule for a May 20 completion.

In mid-March, construction was 97 percent complete. The gift shop and chapel are not yet done, he said.

Collins said the county has spent $9.5 million to date and there is $4.2 million left. “We are still within budget,” he said.

Collins said work on the nursing home doors, which began on March 29, was “going to be tough” as residents and visitors would have to go through the hospital.

He also told the Quorum Court that the board has hired an architect for design on the new office building. The offices had been housed at the old Volex building, but plans now call for Global Foods to move into that building in the next few months.

Also at the meeting,:

• Office of Emergency Management coordinator Jeana Williams said her office has a new website,

• County Judge Roger Hooper gave his monthly road report, saying several roads have been graded and there are no big equipment repairs.

• Justice of the Peace Dell Holt said the Quorum Court’s building committee has been checking out the county’s holdings.

He said they are looking to the future as to what buildings need renovations or what holdings the county may no longer want.

• Richard Collins gave a report on the Road Committee meeting. He said they looked at Linn Creek Road, where box culverts were installed and road paving will begin soon. Most of the work is being paid for by grants, Collins said.

“We’re spending our money as wisely as we ever have,” Collins said. “I think we’re on track.”

• The JPs unanimously approved an ordinance known for budget “cleanup purposes.”

The Quorum Court’s next meeting is April 18 at the Courthouse Annex in Clinton.

The meeting is open to the public.

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