Chair Michael Merry of the Hospital Commission informed council Monday evening of its intent to purchase three lots adjacent to the Eureka Springs Hospital property, saying the property would open up possibilities as they continue their plan to renovate the hospital. Merry said the property had been appraised for $141,000, and the commission has funds to cover that. He was clear that the commission needed approval of council because they are buying the land for the city, but it must be used for the hospital.
Alderman David Mitchell commented it was a good idea to have the property because it provides more options as the hospital is being remodeled. “I’m very supportive,” he said. “It makes total sense.” He moved to approve proceeding with the plan to purchase the property. Vote to approve his motion was 5-1, alderman Terry McClung voting No.