Syringa to get site selection coordinator estimates for helipad

— At its regular monthly board meeting Oct. 26, Syringa Hospital Board trustees directed CEO Joe Cladouhos to get estimates for a site selection coordinator for the purpose of finding a feasible place for a helipad.

“The validity of doing this is to have an outside professional find the best option,” said board chair Dave Green.

Cladouhos felt there was “progress” made at the most recent Grangeville City Council meeting where helicopter landings within city limits were discussed.

“Overall, no one really explained the big ‘why?’ for the proposed changes in the city ordinance,” Cladouhos said. “The bottom line is, we do have a conditional use permit for when we find the best place for a helipad.”

Board member Al Bolden said he felt “many straw men” were put up during the first proposed site that it “didn’t make sense.”

“The street can be shut down for three days to throw eggs at each other … but not for an emergency medical transport?” Bolden questioned.

Green said the board needs to find ways to get community members invested in the project as it is intended for the best interest of the hospital’s patrons.

“Maybe a city council member would be interested in being on a committee as we move forward?” questioned board vice chair Craig Spencer.

Cladouhos said he will bring estimates for a site selection coordinator to the Nov. 23 meeting.

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