Lewis County Education Center Gets Boost From Hospital

Lewis County Education Center Gets Boost From Hospital

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When Lewis County officials found out they underestimated by about $2 million how much a new education center would cost, the big question became: where will they get the money? 

Turns out they'll be getting help from Lewis County General Hospital.

"They have graciously offered us an inter-fund transfer from the hospital which will cover the cost of the project and we will, of course, pay that back over time," county manager Ryan Piche said.

Piche says there won't a major impact on taxpayers and the county will pay the hospital back using money from the general fund.

Originally the county budgeted just over $4 million for the project. Now it's expected to cost $6.2 million.

"When you try to push a project together quickly," Piche said, "it creates additional costs and those came through in the Phase 2 bids."

While engineers say there's still a lot of work to do, construction is ahead of schedule.

"Once the steel is up, then the rest of the roof deck and the skin of the building goes up," said Chuck Brooks, who's managing engineer for C&S Engineering. "Once the skin of the building goes on, all of the finished outwork has to happen."

County officials hope to have the education center open for students for the spring semester.

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