The Board of Health Services District met at 1 p.m. Wednesday at its 1904 San Juan Ave. office to conduct a public budget hearing and report on various issues related to the nursing center of La Junta that will open in 2020.
Johnnie DeLeon received encouraging news that the Colorado Department of Health and Environment had already begun work on approval, although it could have taken 60 days to do so.
Treasurer Janet Hill reported on the proposed budget for 2020. The expenses of 2019, so far, have been $ 245,700, but 2020 expenses are expected to be $ 14,500,000 in capital outlay and $ 616,250 in debt service , plus $ 362,700 operating expenses, since the construction and hiring of employees will be in the 2020 budget.
In other news, and thanks to the State of Colorado for collecting sales tax on Internet sales, the monthly sales tax now exceeds $ 1 million, as originally estimated. Hill has divided the income into two accounts, one for debt service, so that the money for debt service payment has already begun.
Current bills consist of consultation fees and $ 35,932 to WDM Architects for the work done to date.
President Johnnie DeLeon said he passed more soil sample tests with laboratory analysis; its action was approved unanimously by the board.
The board accepted the $ 28 million offer from WDM architects for furniture in nursing home facilities, not including medical and technical furniture. Furniture will not be delivered until the structures have been completed and inspected. WDM will configure according to the plans presented, but further progress depends on the Health District.
Board member Diane Fowler submitted a request to duplicate the design of the current historic entrance to the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center to duplicate it at the entrance to the new administration and meeting building. The board voted unanimously to do so.
A tender request will be sent for the following services: nurse call system, door access control system, telephone and location systems. Companies can offer for all services, one of the services or any combination thereof.
The decision to have a landline available in each building was discussed and made, but not to provide land lines to each resident. The idea was that most people now use cell phones, although customers may not be among them, at least at the beginning. The clientele will have the option to pay their own landlines, if desired.
A strong Internet and Wi-Fi service is recommended. Guests are encouraged to eat with residents and a punch card payment method is discussed.