Hospital bond election approaches

An update on the bond election activities for the Phase 4 renovation and expansion at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) was given by hospital administrator Donna Boatright during her monthly report at the Nolan County Hospital District's board of directors meeting held on Monday night.Around 60 people came to vote on the first day of early voting. Early voting will take place at the RPMH administration office weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., now through Tuesday, May 6.Boatright has been joined by the hospital board and representatives from McKinstry, the company who will oversee the project, on a county-wide tour of sorts presenting information on the renovation and upcoming election. Around 30 presentations have been made in a variety of places and locations such as Roscoe, Nolan-Divide, Blackwell, Maryneal, Highland, school campuses throughout the county, local civic clubs and organizations and churches.Feedback during presentations has been positive with general questions about the construction timeframe and financing. Citizens have been interested in the bond's impact on tax rates and bond terms.Also during the meeting, the contract with McKinstry was approved along with authorization for the CEO to enter contract negotiations and execute the contract, all of which is contingent upon voter approval of the general obligation bond on Saturday, May 10. If the bond were to pass, then the contract--which has been discussed and reviewed in detail--could be signed in order to start the process and move forward. Out of the $25.2 million bond, around $19 million covers the actual construction cost, with the remaining amount going toward the cost of the FFE (furniture, fixtures and equipment), bond insurance costs, bond attorney costs and project development.