By Kate Klimesh,
Representatives of WinnMed Hospital and Clinic were on the Monday, June 26, Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors agenda to request an easement from the county for new features planned as part of the “Transforming Tomorrow” $50 million major renovation and expansion project planned on the hospital campus – much of which is county-owned.
CEO Steve Slessor and CFO Ben Stevens reported the need for the easement to allow for temporary parking to be created for the construction equipment and trailers, and to build a water detention basin to more appropriately handle stormwater run-off. It was noted that the detention basin would also be able to slow and detain the increased water run-off from the larger roof once the expansion project is complete.
The county-owned land has been leased to WinnMed for a period of 99 years but is still owned by the county.
Stevens also noted that currently, there isn’t an appropriate drainage grade to the current parking lots, but they are looking at a plan to restructure parking lots over the next five years on the campus. All requests made Monday had not yet been approved by the WinnMed Board of Directors. The supervisors approved a verbal agreement of the easements and temporary parking lot, ensuring any trees were preserved or replaced, pending approval of the project by the WinnMed Board.