Wednesday’s closing on a tract of land was a giant step in Purcell’s plan to build a leaner, more efficient hospital to replace the aging Purcell Municipal Hospital.

The city council and public works authority authorized the transaction during Monday’s meeting.

The full purchase price and closing cost is $456,145, with $441,145 due at closing.

Bunn said groundbreaking will be in 90 to 120 days and construction will take 24 to 30 months.

The design for the new hospital will be revealed later this month, Bunn added.

The city agreed in October to purchase seven acres south of Zeck Ford.

The seller, Dr. Douglas Brant, donated an additional six acres bringing the site total to 13 acres.

One additional hospital-related item was on the public works agenda.

That was to approve Tammy Powell, president of St. Anthony Hospital, to the PMH board of directors.

Powell replaces Kyle Nondorf on the board. Her term will run though 2023.

In other business, the council:

  • recognized Bobby Elmore as the new police chief and James Bolling as the department’s new captain;
  • accepted Air Technologies $50,739 bid for HVAC improvements at the police department;
  • approved budget amendments of $4,084 for repairs to a police car and $1,253 Lake Trails donation for two benches, a chair and a grill;
  • denied Pam McKenna’s  tort claim of vehicle damage caused by brush left in the alley by a city crew;
  • approved a resolution requesting Sen. Paul Scott and Rep. Sherrie Conley sponsor legislation to name the State Highway 74 bridge over I-35 the Staff Sgt. Cecil Wellman Memorial Bridge; and
  • voted to support the Parks and Recreation Department’s continuing work on a proposed skate park at McCurdy Park.
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