Aug 16 — Odessa Regional Hospital seeks assistance from Odessa City Council to acquire public funds that will help the hospital proceed with a $ 10 million capital improvement project to expand its facilities and its services.
During its working session on Tuesday, the board will consider an application for permission to appoint the Odessa Regional Hospital as a Texas State Enterprise Zone – a designation that would allow the hospital to request funds from the state for its capital expenditure project.
The improvements proposed over the next five years include spending $ 7.5 million on renovation projects to expand buildings dedicated to women and maternity care, detailed a letter sent to the city by William Stokes, Senior Vice President of Taxation at Steward Health Care.
The expansion, which would be completed within the next five years, would include a $ 3.5 million renovation of the west campus, a $ 3.5 million expansion of the coronary care unit, and a $ 500,000 renovation. $ from the laboratory. About $ 2.5 million would be spent on purchasing new equipment and furniture for the new building – this includes $ 1 million to replace the beds, $ 500,000 to buy a DaVinci robot, $ 200,000 to new anesthesia machines and $ 800,000 for other equipment.
On Tuesday, council will also review and consider approving several budget proposals, including $ 1,182,078 for general operations of the Ector County Emergency Communications District, according to an agenda item submitted by the city police department.
The Ector County Emergency Communications District provides telephone and 911 dispatch services to the towns of Odessa and Goldsmith and Ector County, which receive these services. Odessa, Goldsmith and the county must all approve the proposed budget.
The estimated revenues for 2021-2022 are $ 1,183,000; expenses estimated at $ 1,182,078, which will translate into a surplus of $ 922, according to a report from the Ector District Emergency Council.
This excess income will be placed in a pot that will pay for major improvements planned for the 911 system in 2022-2023. The upgrades are expected to cost between $ 1 million and $ 2 million.
According to the agenda of the working session, the council will consider the approval of the budget of the Odessa Development Corporation for 2021-2022. ODC’s total projected revenues are $ 7,904,068; planned spending $ 1,547,729.
A public hearing for the City’s 2021-22 operating budget is also on the agenda. Council is urged to approve a budget of $ 239,327,076, which will include granting all city staff a 4% cost-of-living salary increase for 2021-2022.
City Manager Michael Marrero noted that due to COVID-19 and the financial unpredictability of the pandemic, no increase was granted in 2020. Normally, employees receive an annual increase of 3%.
The Council is expected to discuss and consider approving the formation of a joint task force committee to address redistribution issues after the 2020 U.S. Census, according to the agenda for the Council’s working session.
The joint committee would include representatives from the city, Ector County Independent School District, Ector County Hospital District, Odessa Junior College District and Ector County.
According to the agenda for the working session, Council will consider awarding a bid of $ 2,351,000 to Cooper Construction for the rehabilitation of the municipal building located at 307 N. Lee Street. The building will house community development, code enforcement and the office of the fire marshal.
The rehabilitation, which includes the replacement of the roof and the purchase of office furniture, will be paid from the funds of the 2019 bond certificates.
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