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  • Commission will advertise to sell old Juab County Hospital

By Myrna Trauntvein
Times-News Correspondent

Now the holidays are over, it is time to advertize for bids for the old hospital.

In December, Juab County Commissioners determined they would delay a decision to sell the building by the first of the year because of the Christmas holidays.

"I need to ask two things before proceeding," said Mike Seely, county administrator. "What closing date do you want to select and how much do you want to spend on advertizing?"

It was decided that commissioners will advertize the building for sale for two weeks and will call for bids to be due on Feb.2 just prior to commission meeting.

Seely reminded commissioners that the cost of running a display ad and a legal ad in the state newspapers was expensive and would cost $470 per day.

Seely had also obtained the cost of running the display ad and a legal notice in the Times News for two weeks as he had been instructed earlier. By comparison, the cost was negligible and commissioners determined that they would definitely use that source of advertizing for two weeks.

"I would like you to talk to Allen Gibson and find out what it would cost to place an ad in several of the (members of the Utah Press Association) newspapers," said Neil Cook, commissioner.

He said he had placed such an ad, a small classified ad, through the Times-News which had been printed in several newspapers south of Juab County for less than one day of advertizing cost in a state newspaper.

Cook also favored placing an ad in the regional newspaper, the Daily Herald, but Seely said the cost and the trouble of placing an ad there may not be as prudent.

Seely said, it had been his experience that a lot of the decision of determining which newspapers to advertize in was more like fishing than science.

"On some of our larger-price items we played with larger papers like the Los Angeles Times," said Seely. "It is like fishing with lots of money. It was unclear how effective it was."

Placing an ad with the two state newspapers--the Tribune and the Deseret Morning News--would be done through the Newspaper Corporation and once the ad was formulated, it would run in both papers on the same days.

"You (commissioners) did discuss the days which would be most effective for placing the ad in the larger newspapers," said Pat Ingram, county clerk-auditor.

Seely, who prior to coming to Juab County worked for the state office dealing with state surplus equipment, said that while there he had learned there were some days which were more effective for advertizing than others.

It had been found that advertizing on heavy use days, such as Sunday and Thursday (when the shopping ads come out) did get the ad out to more who might be interested.

Shirl Nichols, county assessor, asked commissioners if they had thought about selling the old hospital as a sort of raffle item. It could be noticed that a certain sum of money would need to be collected before the property would be awarded but it would be one way of assuring that the facility would be sold.

"I don't like your idea," said Wm. Boyd Howarth, commission chair.

The old hospital was opened for business on March 1, 1952 as an 18 bed unit with an x-ray division, surgical division, a kitchen, office and receiving room.

Juab County acted as the official body representing the citizens of the area in construction of the facility.

In February 1974, a new laboratory and x-ray room were added to the facility.

Later a clinic was added to the hospital which was used by doctors who were affiliated with the hospital. That area was out-grown and a new clinic was constructed.

In the early 1980s, a non-profit hospital board began leasing the building and running the facility. However, when the new hospital was built, the facility was no longer needed and the lease was broken with the hospital property reverting to the county.

Now is the time, so that commissioners can keep up with the desire they had to sell the building in the early part of the new year, to call for bids on the old property.

Bids can be entered including the old clinic, which is now a Head Start Pre-school and must remain so, or excluding it at the buyer's choice. Commissioners called for the bids to be submitted both ways.

"The bids could be due at my office prior to commission meeting," said Ingram. "They would need to be in the office before the beginning of commission meeting at 3 p.m. on Feb. 2."

Seely recommended the bids be opened at commission meeting as an agenda item.

"People like to come and watch as the bids are opened," he said.