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Helicopters return to BVRMC, with city

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center CEO Todd Hudspeth reviewed with the BVRMC Board of Trustees Monday night conditions the hospital needs to meet to bring a helipad to the hospital.

The City of Storm Lake Board of Adjustment last Wednesday gave final approval to the hospital's application for a conditional use permit to restore an air ambulance helipad to the hospital campus.

According to City of Storm Lake Code Enforcement Officer Scott Olesen, several conditions need to be met:

*Placement of an outdoor oxygen tank needs to be reviewed by Public Safety Director Mark Prosser and Fire Chief Mike Jones. Hudspeth said that meeting was scheduled to take place this morning.

*Barricade the helicopter landing area during helicopter operation on the hospital campus.

*Flashing lights are to be installed prior to the helicopter landing.

*Patient room windows facing the helipad on the north side of the hospital will have blinds closed during helicopter landings.

*The hospital is to work with neighbors to the west and north sides of the hospital on the type of fence to be installed between the helipad area and adjacent property. Hudspeth said the fence will probably be of cedar construction.

*There are to be no helicopter landings until the outdoor oxygen tank and fencing issues are resolved.

*The hospital is given 18 months to address the other issues.

Hudspeth said he had met with Keith Schmidt, a neighbor to the west of the helipad, on fencing options and come to an amicable agreement. "It would be right on the line but not over the line," Hudspeth said.

tion approving plans, specs, form of contract, and cost estimate for AWAYSIS concrete and electrical work for building relocation. The work will be for new foundations for golf cart sheds and completion of the electrical work after the sheds are relocated. The cost of the project is estimated at $82,000.

Project AWAYSIS Project Manager Mike Wilson said the contract for relocation of the sheds will be bid separately. That bid will also include relocation of the log cabin and school in Sunrise Park which are slated for relocation on Railroad Avenue. The golf cart sheds will be relocated to about 100 yards southeast of where they are now. Wilson estimated a $40,000 cost for moving the buildings, making a total cost of $125,000 for the building relocations. The deadline for building relocation was backed up to Dec. 5.

The Council approved a construction services agreement with Kuehl and Payer for staking for construction in the Project AWAYSIS area for $19,500.

*Flashing lights are to be installed prior to the helicopter landing.

*Patient room windows facing the helipad on the north side of the hospital will have blinds closed during helicopter landings.

*The hospital is to work with neighbors to the west and north sides of the hospital on the type of fence to be installed between the helipad area and adjacent property. Hudspeth said the fence will probably be of cedar construction.

*There are to be no helicopter landings until the outdoor oxygen tank and fencing issues are resolved.

*The hospital is given 18 months to address the other issues.

Hudspeth said he had met with Keith Schmidt, a neighbor to the west of the helipad, on fencing options and come to an amicable agreement. "It would be right on the line but not over the line," Hudspeth said.

Helicopters are likely to begin landing as soon as mid-November.



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