Hospital asks for extension

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By Lou Elliott Jones

The Tri-County Hospital is moving forward with construction, although more slowly than originally planned, said Chiefland Planning Director Bill Hammond.

Hammond updated the City Planning Board on the hospital's progress at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

Hammond said the hospital has asked for an 60-day extension on its construction start date, a move that is agreeable to the city commission.

"They don't want to issue the permit until next year for the money to be in for the budget."

He said the hospital's funding may also change. While 60-70 percent of the funding was lined up, Hammond said an enterprise fund firm of private individuals chaired by Gov. Charlie Crist is seeking to fund the entire project.

He said the hospital officials are planning to submit architectural drawings to his department by Sept. 2.