Judge orders security measures at old hospital building

Pre-trial hearing of the city’s citation against Hospital Service District 1 over condition of the former Moosa Hospital building has been continued until Aug. 25.

On Sept. 12, 2007, the city issued a ticket to the district under its then-new criminal statute designed to encourage owners to clean-up property deemed a nuisance by the building inspector.

The hospital building has been empty since the Acadian Medical Center opened in March 2006.

At the latest pre-trial hearing, on May 12, City Judge Lynette Feucht ordered that Phase 2 of a report from the Department of Environmental Quality regarding asbestos removal at the building be submitted. In lieu of that, she ordered written correspondence as to why it is not available.

According to the minutes, she also ordered a fence erected around the property perimeter, or a weekly report from the district to the city for the purpose of addressing any damage or vandalism issues and for agreement on what action should be taken regarding possible repairs. This is conditioned on a weekly inspection by the Sheriff’s Department.

Meanwhile, the district told the court it had a bid of $7,800 for closing door and window entrances to the structure.

The judge also asked for proof within a month of contact with state legislators regarding possible funds for assistance with the building, which has been savaged by vandals and thieves since it closed.

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