Carson Health moves forward with helicopter pad plans

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 11:50 am on Monday, March 25, 2013

CARSON CITY — The plans for a helicopter pad at Carson Health are in the architectural stage as hospital officials move forward toward a spring construction date.

In January, the Carson City Council approved the sale of the old water tower property to the hospital at a price of $20,000, which was $12,000 less than the appraised value.

According to Carson City Administrator Mark Borden, the lower price was approved because of the benefits the landing pad would bring to the community. The sale is currently being finalized by the legal counsel representing the city and Carson Health.

Zoning to build the helicopter pad was approved about a month ago, according to Borden.

“Zoning committee met and approved the building of the pad on the property,” Borden said. “They met with residents who live near the proposed site and the response was supportive. We had one concern from a resident who was worried about trash blowing around and the hospital agreed to build additional height around the dumpsters.”

The Gazette has repeatedly attempted to contact Carson Health Chief Operating Officer Matt Thompson since mid-January for comment about the helicopter pad, but he has not returned comment.

According to Director of Corporate Communications Daniyel McAlvey, Thompson had to meet with the Carson Health board before speaking toThe Gazette about this topic. The hospital board met in late January and approved the property purchase, according to McAlvey.

“We are making every effort to give the most accurate information to the public,” McAlvey said.

According to Borden, legal counsel is still finalizing the sale of the old water tower property. He foresees no problems and predicts a signing of legal documents soon.

“We should be signing on the sale of the property in a week or two,” Borden said. “Probably at the April board meeting we will pass the final resolution dealing with this property sale.”

Concerns about blowing trash were addressed on March 14 during a meeting Borden had with hospital officials and the architect on the project. According to Borden, the architect informed them that building a wall high enough to prevent trash from blowing around would interfere with the landing of the medical response helicopter.

“They are actually just going to reconfigure the dumpsters,” Borden said. “They will place locks on the dumpsters so when AreoMed lands it will not blow trash on neighbors yards.”

Borden wants Carson City residents to feel free to share any additional concerns with him.

“We are here to listen to any citizen of this city,” he said.

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