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City paves way for new PMHH

The Perham City Council took an initial step to pave the way for the construction of the new Perham Memorial Hospital and Home, at the Dec. 8 council session.

To set the stage for the hospital's planned mid-summer groundbreaking, the city needs to move quickly on sewer, water, natural gas, street, curb and gutter design.

The council passed a resolution calling for a preliminary engineering report for several options, including a broader plan to bring infrastructure not only to the hospital's proposed building site, but also to the Clearwater Estates residential project.

If affordable, said City Manager Kelcey Klemm, it would be ideal to build the municipal infrastructure for the entire area.

"Depending on the bids, we can do just bare bones," said Klemm. "But if the price is right, it makes sense to get streets, sewer and water to the entire area."

Klemm hopes to advertise for bids in early spring.

City engineer Jade Berube said that his firm, Ulteig Engineering, could complete the preliminary engineering report by the February city council meeting.

The hospital announced plans for a $33 million facility, on undeveloped land, southwest of the present hospital site.

The hospital project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2011.