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Lake City Report - March 4, 2011
Hospital access and the museum on tap

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Lake Shore Hospital Access Improvements

Staff met this week with the Hospital Authority Manager Berry to move forward with the preliminary design process for a Franklin Street improvement giving access from U.S. Highway 41 to the Lake Shore Hospital entrance.

Varied issues essential to the project were discussed including acquisition of rights-of-way, street design options, storm water distribution and collection, the means of completing the preliminary design, and most importantly, the capital funding process.

Plans are to have a preliminary design concept within approximately 30 to 40 days. A new access road to the hospital from the east side connecting Highway 90 was discussed.

City Engineers will be requested to assess and provide the best road path based on existing dedicated rights-of-way and streets within the area.  The Engineers will also assess environmental issues that may impact a proposed roadway within the identified area.

There will be additional information on this project within the next several weeks.

Columbia County Museum

Discussion between the City Staff and representatives of the Columbia County Historical Society has been ongoing since last November concerning relocation of the Museum within the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area.

There is high interest in the possibility. Costs estimates and other operational issues associated with relocation have been considered. The Community Redevelopment Agency will be requested to partner with the Historical Society on the relocation appropriately.

A follow-up meeting was held on March 2, 2011, at the Museum. The Museum staff will be contacting other key agencies to partner with this project and a follow up meeting will be scheduled in the near future.  The Museum will create a Business Plan as well as a Development Plan and submit a formal request to the City concerning their interest in obtaining the property and requesting assistance in this endeavor.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.

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 • Week ending March 4, 2011