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UHD buys Nuessmeier house

By Staff | Apr 11, 2010

In 2008, United Hospital District officials decided purchasing property near the medical facility was not necessary for a multi-million dollar campus expansion.

That has all changed.

On Tuesday, UHD’s board of directors approved buying the house of Al and Paula Nuessmeier on South Moore Street for $150,000.

“Good health care is vital for the community and area. The hospital is the heart of our community,” says Paula Nuessmeier.

It’s the fifth property the district has acquired for the new clinic and expansion project.

Hospital administrator Jeff Lang says the Nuessmeier property is needed to prevent drainage issues around the facility and to meet OSHA standards.

Lang says footings along the southside of the new clinic building show it had recessed into the ground, causing grading and watershed plan problems.

“I became concerned about the aesthetics of the building and issues related to screening,” he says.

In addition to the purchase price, the district also will pay the closing costs and any moving expenses.

Lang says the Nuessmeiers have until Oct. 1 to move, but Paula says they hope to be out by June 1.

In December 2008, the Nuessmeiers were relieved to find out their property was not needed for the UHD project.

Although they support the expansion project, the Nuessmeiers didn’t feel the district’s offer at that time was a fair price.

For Paula, moving from a house that has been her home for 30 years comes with some mixed emotions.

She says they are the “old-timers on the block,” being the first to move into the neighborhood.

“But, it’s a win-win situation for both parties,” she says. “It’s time to move forward.”

When Lang was asked if UHD needed any more property, he says the board will consider future purchases if necessary.

Board members, again, received an update on the building projects.

“March was exactly what we needed,” Lang says of progress made on the hospital expansion.

He says three large items must still be finished in the next 30 days: pouring of the basement floor; putting a roof on the building; and fire proofing.

Lang says it doesn’t look like the project will be finished by June 2011, as first thought.

The Winnebago Adolescent Treatment Center is on schedule for completion by July 1.

The only stumbling block could be the case work supplier responsible for desks and cabinetry.

“We’re not ready to say we need to push that (July 1) back,” he says.

How much has been spent on the projects so far also was discussed.

The treatment center has used $102,000 of the $157,000 contingency fund. Also, $1.75 million of the equity has been expended, with $2.5 million left.

On the hospital project, $1.6 million has been paid out and only $76,000 of the $1.06 million contingency fund has been used.