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Bowman hearing on hospital postponed until September

BOWMAN — A public hearing over a bond proposal to fund a Bowman hospital, health clinic and rehabilitation department initially scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until September.

Bowman Mayor Lyn James said with one member out with back surgery and two others on vacation, the commission would not have been able to reach a quorum. The hearing will take place sometime next month, but a set date has yet to be announced.

At issue is a proposal that the city of Bowman issue revenue bonds to construct new critical access health facilities in town to be owned and operated by the non-profit Southwest Healthcare Services. A maximum of $16 million in bonds from the city could be issued for the hospital and for refunding prior bonds.

The commission is inviting all interested parties to speak at the hearing. A notice will be released once the hearing is rescheduled.

A public hearing before the Bowman County Commission on $10 million in proposed bonds for the same hospital is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Commissioner Rick Braaten said the critical access facility will be attached to the city’s existing long-term health center and replace an older clinic built in the 1950s.

“It’s all going to be in one building,” he said, “to help cut down on cost.”

He said he believes most people are in favor of the new building.