A packed Murdoch Center heard comments and answers to questions from officials from Northern Arizona Healthcare at a public forum in Flagstaff Wednesday night. People asked a slew of questions of Northern Arizona Healthcare vice president of construction and real estate development Steve Eiss, NAH chief nursing officer Tyffany Laurano and new CEO Dave Cheney for two hours. Questions ranged from financing of the project, to nurse and doctor retention, to added beds and more. As questions were asked of the project, Eiss reminded those gathered that Proposition 480 was just about the hospital. He said “there is no commercial component to Prop 480. There is no residential component to Prop 480. There is no third party developer component to Prop 480, it’s our land, it’s our building and we are building it with our own money. To be very clear Prop 480 is a hospital, and associated medical building and a parking garage.” Vice Mayor Austin Aslan was on the Jeff Kennedy Show Thursday morning and says the vote does tie in the entire project saying “if Phase One happens, that’s a foot in the door for NAH to initiate their plan for 172 acres of land out at Fort Tuthill.” Aslan also said he is in support of a new hospital, but not the entire project. The last day to register to vote in the election is October 10th, with early voting beginning October 11th. The election is a ballot-by-mail election only. Ballots are due back to the Coconino County Recorder’s office by November 7th. You can either mail the ballot back, or drop it off at the Flagstaff City Hall Lobby, the Coconino County Recorder’s office downtown, the county’s voter services office in the Flagstaff Mall, the Coconino County Community Development building on Fort Valley Road, the county’s Health and Human Services building on King Street, the county treasurer’s drive thru at 2304 North 3rd Street, Flagstaff Fire Station number-six on Lake Mary Road, or the NAU Bookstore on campus. To watch the first hour of question and answers from Wednesday’s event, head to the KAFF News Facebook page.
To hear Vice Mayor Austin Aslan’s visit on The Jeff Kennedy Show Thursday morning, click here: