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Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down DiFraz · 260 weeks ago Once again it looks like the City is trying to close the hospital, Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Big D · 260 weeks ago Pfalzgraf doesn’t want to be adversarial…..that’s a first. Maybe we should make the hospital county funded, not just city funded. The city can’t afford to carry the burden while the majority of the county benefits. Yes, I know the largest concentration of the county population is in Wellington but we all need to pay our share Report Reply 1 reply · active 260 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down notlla · 260 weeks ago If I was behind two months, they would shut my utilities off, in a heart beat. Report Reply 1 reply · active 260 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Guest · 260 weeks ago As a father of 5 I would rather see the city help keep a hospital around instead of pay to keep an airport near town that hardly anyone including myself has ever or will ever use. When there is an emergency I need to take them to a hospital not an airport. I am not saying the hospital shouldn’t pay the bills they owe I am just saying that I would rather see help go to a more needed facility than one that is used for recreation. Report Reply 2 replies · active 260 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down lucky · 260 weeks ago i thought that sales tax we voted for was to stop the bleeding looks like they need more than a bandaid . have they checked into solar power or wind turbin for soruce of power.What happens when i let my bill goes past a month? maybe a 10% cut in wages starting with ceo and work your way down the ladder could help fund that electric bill. Report Reply 1 reply · active 260 weeks ago -15 Vote up Vote down wheat · 260 weeks ago The City manager is ultimately in total control of SRMC and should be held responsible for these back Utility bills and bond payments. The Authority Board members that govern the hospital serve at the pleasure of only one person the city manager. The city manager has excercised in the past his right to remove city authority board members. The City manager has not removed any SRMC board members. The current city manager has had 9 months to remove Hospital authority board members . If Eckert thought hospital board members were committing malfeasance for not paying city utility bills and City bond Payments. The City council should hold the City manager responsible for not making sure that SRMC made their Bond payments and paid their utility bills the last 9 months. The SRMC Board Members are awesome! Report Reply 1 reply · active 260 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down longtimeresident · 260 weeks ago The hospitals merging should have made the utility bill agreement null and void. Grasping at straws are we Mr. Hernandez? Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down WHS.alum · 260 weeks ago Does the city send/pay an electric bill on every single city owned building that is receiving city utilities? Report Reply 1 reply · active 260 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down guest · 260 weeks ago No medical facility/business will ever look at opening up shop in a small town/city that his direct competition will be subsidized by government money. Money that keeps flowing no matter how bad they perform. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down lulu · 260 weeks ago turn the power off, they would if we was behind on it, so what difference should it be with the hospital. If we cant afford it shut it down. Or take money from golf course and airport and the lake to keep hospital open. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” The City of Wellington has asked the hospital to sign a â€œloan forbearance documentâ€ which spells out the debt and repayment of money the city feels it is owed at a SRMC meeting held this morning.The city advanced the hospital almost $900,000 in 2014, and the hospital has not been paying utility bills for some time.After some discussion at their monthly meeting Thursday morning, health care authority board sent the agreement back to the city with some adjustments requested.The city says the hospital owes it $1.3 million, which includes $130,000 in utility bills, and would like to have a due date of Dec 31 of this year and charge 3 percent interest. The city will also make bond payments and future utility bills will be added.Board attorney Doug Pfalzgraf said he was concerned about the due date and the interest rate.â€œThere is zero chance the hospital will be able to pay anything by the end of the year,â€ he said, and he advised against signing an agreement they knew they would default on.He suggested asking the city to extend the due date at least two years, and to include the possibility of an extension. He also suggested asking the city to reduce or eliminate the interest rate.He said the hospital was not paying utilities when he was on the council 20 years ago, and that the board should have a conversation with the city about whether it really expects utilities to be paid.Pfalzgraf added, the city does appear to want the utility bills to be repaid. He said he did not want to be in an adversarial role with the city, appreciating all the city has done, but he said there needs to be a conversation on these issues.Board Chairman Fred Hinman said it is optimistic to think the hospital could begin repaying the city in three years.Mayor Shelley Hansel was at the meeting and said the agreement is a way to get everything in writingâ€œIt is just legal documents to keep our ducks in a row,” Hansel said. “No one at the city wants to see the hospital close. This just allows us to put some parameters on it.”Â Board members were concerned that if the deadline at the end of this year stays, the board will be accused of not living up to its obligations.For years the hospital has not paid its utilities. The current city council has expressed more interest in having utility bills paid, especially since the city has raised its rates.Pfalzgraf said it could be argued that since the city owns the hospital, it should not have to pay for utilities, but â€œthat is the city’s call.â€Hospital CEO Leonard Henandez said the hospital is not going to be able to pay for utilities any time soon.He said the issue of utilities has been around since the hospital was created. He noted a 1916 agreement that said the city would either sell utilities at a lower rate or would forgive utility bills.Hansel said the utility bills are a conversation the city needs to have with the hospital.Follow us on Twitter.