Date set for hearing on HCHC parking lot project

By David Hotle, GTNS News

As the project to redo the parking lots at the Henry County Hospitals and Clinics (HCHC) enters its second year, the board of trustees on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing on the project for noon, April 16, in the hospital boardroom.

Chief financial officer David Muhs explained the project, scheduled to last four years, will cost $260,000 this year and would replace the section of the associate parking lot on the north side of the building and the family medicine parking lot on the south end.

“The goal is to have this section completed by the end of October,” he said. “If we go out to bid over the next month, this may be a really attractive project for them. That is why we are bringing it to you now.”

Muhs said the hospital has two parking lots that need to be replaced. He also said the hospital can only take so much of the lots out of use at any one point. As a result, it will take four years for the project to be completed.

The board also voted to hold a public hearing at the same meeting for the replacement of an air handler in the 1956 administration building of the hospital. Muhs said the existing air handler is 20 to 30 years old. The project is expected to cost $348,000.