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BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH Lincoln, MT Feb. 26, 2009 -- 9 *LHD building fund. Tickets were available through local busi- nesses that put forth an extra effort to sell poker-hand tick- ets. Three local businesses: Lincoln Telephone Company, W'md Turbine Tools, and First Bank of Lincoln stepped for- ward to underwrite the cash prizes, which totaled $600. Other businesses donated a multitude of gifts used for door prizes, which raised additional funds. The public turned out in force and pur- chased more tickets than PSW has ever sold for its popular poker runs, demonstrating tremendous support for the LHD. On Tuesday, PSW trea- surer Maida Paris presented a check to the hospital district totaling $2,200. At Saturday's community event, LHD trustee Jim Boss- hardt presented the district's plans for construction costs, which hinge on passage of a mill levy on the May 5 m election ballot. The district is working off a model esti- mating construction costs at $650,000. "'That is a high end estimate," said Boss- hardt, "that was established last summer." With the cur- rent economy that total is expected to be significantly less due to a drop in the price of construction materials, he explained. With donations and funds through the federal grant to operate Parker Medi- cal, the amount needed to be raised through a mill levy is worded "up to" $320,000 (see chart in LHD article starting on page 2). Bosshardt was emphatic in pointing out the bottom line ($320,000) will continue to go down. Further donations, pledges, further grant funding and fund misers would continue to bring the money needed to construct the new building lower, he said. To date, more than $100,000 has been raised by individuals and businesses in support of the LHD's efforts. A mill levy, if passed, would raise approximately $50,000 annually to pay of a construction loan over 15 years. Any additional grant funding would be applied to retire the loan early, said LHD Chair Emily Greiner. In the past few weeks, the Blackfoot Valley Medical Ser- vices Association (BVMSA), owner of the Parker property, has agreed to support the LHD's efforts for new con- struction at the current Parker site. Ifa new building is built, just to the east where a mobile home cmrently sits, both the old and new building could serve the community well into the future. The older building could be used for allied health programs. Dr. Justin Smith stated at the public event on Saturday that he envisions the older building could be used for such programs as diabetic health education, physical therapy and another much needed service for Lincoln, a telepharmacy, a service utilized in many rural loca- tions. The community has been without a pharmacy since 2003 when the Lincoln Pharmacy closed. The closest pharmacy now for Lincoln patients is in Seeley Lake. The plans developed for new construction are de- signed, not only for medical needs now, but for future growth," said Bosshardt. "As Lincoln grows and services are added, the new building could be expanded to meet those needs in the future." The LHD will offer anoth- er public meeting prior to the May 5 th election encouraging everyone to attend and listen to the facts surrounding the mill levy and the personal tax impact to each family, and the benefits for the Lincoln community. J k. fi Learn to Ihaee hnee Lessons wAoeal dancer See Murphy Learn fl Two-Step. Thru-Btep. Jifterbug 8, More... Every Tuesday Night February 17 hru March 17 7 to $:PO p.m. Uneoln Sob001 O.ymnaeium Singles, Couples, and even the Whole FMily Weleo for an evening of nl Foot PHys. too Dancers should bring clean-soled tennis shoes or socks to dance in. Your favorite music will be welcomed. Sponsored by the Linch Couil for the Arts. All ages are welcome and free babysitting service is available (Please call in advance). " Contact Terri Mooney, 362-4163 or Annette Gardner, 362-4547/' ~Lettters to Sincerely, Gerry B. Malek, (concerned rate payer) Lincoln, MT Another letter concerning the Lincoln Sewer District ******************* I'm writing this about the comment made about my husband, John. I have never said anything before about the Lincoln Sewer but some of you should stop and think be- fore you talk about someone. When John first got on the Sewer Board, they didn't have anything to work with -- they had to pay someone to pump the tanks. The Board decided they should have a pumper truck. John and Fuzz Corsner went to several places and found one in Missoula. The Board okayed it. Fuzz needed a truck; John and Fuzz found one and the Board okayed that. John worked to get a washroom out at the lagoons, so the workers could wash up after pumping the tanks. Cory and John worked hard to find a tractor for the lagoon. John has worked hard for the sewer district, and all that is said is about his conduct. You talk about him leaving the meet- the Editor~ ing. Do you know why or are you just guessing? Some of the new board members have walked out and no one said anything about them. Is this right? Get your story straight before you talk about someone. You say that John is gone six months; that is not true, it is only five months. He leaves right after the November meet- ing and is back for the May meeting. Also, we live in Mesa, Arizona and not Yuma. Laura Nicolai has worked to get grants so the sewer has money to work with. I think she has done a very nice job. If you want to know what's going on at the sewer meetings get your butt off the bar stool and come see what is going on. My husband has never said any unkind word about any- one; so please stop criticizing everyone, and get along. If you can't, go sweep your back door before you criticize anymore. P.S. John does not know I'm writing this, but he will when it comes out in the BVD. Thank you, and have a great day, Beth Cameron Standley Lincoln, MT