Carson City sells former water tower property to Carson Health

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 2:02 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CARSON CITY — The Carson City Council approved selling the former water tower property to Carson Health for construction of a landing pad for medical helicopter services.

According to City Administrator Mark Borden, Carson Health administrators had discussions with the City Council in the past about buying the property.

“Hospital administrators had mentioned interest in the land when the old water tower was torn down,” Borden said.

After Carson Health administrators met with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about building a helicopter landing pad there was renewed interest in the city property.

“I can’t speak for the hospital,” Borden said. “But it is my understanding FAA officials informed Carson City Hospital the old water tower property was the only approved spot for the tower.”

The hospital’s plans development of the site for the new helicopter-landing pad later this year. The City Council agreed to sell the property, which is appraised at $32,000 to the hospital for $20,000.

“Normally city property can only be sold at the appraised value,” Borden said. “However, because of the benefit of the landing pad to the community we spoke with legal counsel and were able offer the property for $20,000.”

Carson Health Director of Corporate Communications Daniyel McAlvey was unable to discuss the details about the proposed landing pad, because CEO and President Matt Thompson was unavailable to give details of the board meeting on Jan. 30.

“The final details of the sale still need to be worked out with the Carson Health’s Board of Trustees,” McAlvey said.

Thompson’s meeting with the board on Jan. 30 included discussion of the proposed purchase of the water tower property  from the city. If approved the hospital would plan to build a helicopter landing pad. Currently when a helicopter lands at Carson Health, it utilizes the parking lot.

“The building of a helicopter landing pad will be very beneficial for Carson Health,” McAlvey said. “It can be difficult trying to get vehicles moved from the parking lot whenever AeroMed is here.”

According to McAlvey, Carson Health officials will give more details of the sale in the near future. While not much information is coming from Carson Health at this time, the City Council is moving forward with expectations of selling the property to the hospital.

“We are now working with legal council to finalize the details of the proposed sale,” Borden said.

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