Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Management at West Valley Hospital is putting a full court press on Team Garrett to hand over hole #3 on Fairview Golf Course for a hospital expansion project. THE GUARDIAN was amazed at the response from Mayor Nancolas and city council for not getting to the point and telling the good people at the hospital an emphatic NO WAY! to this request. Now it is another media event.
Fairview golf course is a community asset and unique geographic feature of Caldwell. It is not something to hand over to West Valley for development. It was overheard the WV administrator said the hospital taking over that portion of the golf course would make the course "better". The reality is it would not make the course better nor would it make the hospital expansion issues go away. West Valley is developed on all sides except the South side and that property is for sale but they don't want to pay the asking price. A local dentist owns the property in question.
The real problem is previous hospital administrations gave no consideration to future expansion issues. Now they want the citizens of Caldwell to give up a valuable community and public asset. West Valley has taken to strong-arm tactics with the Mayor and City Council over this claiming their status as the largest employer in the City of Caldwell and they deserve this concession. (Think Urban Renewal giveaways here)
The reality is they need to take a good hard look at what St. Luke's did in Boise. They need to pony up for the property on the south side of the hospital and start going upward with more floors in their hospital operation and build a parking garage. Destroying Fairview golf course is a slap in the face to all Caldwell citizens.
Here's the link to the IPT story in today's paper:
Here's another link to city email accounts for Caldwell City Councilors:
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 5:34 PM