Mayor Thomas Kedley announced his run for re-election this November during the Mayor’s report and went over the accomplishments the City of Osceola has made during his last 6 years as Mayor.
The council reviewed a site plan for Quick Visit Clinic to be located at 312 W. McLane St., the site would also be into the lot adjacent at 306 W. McLane St. The plan calls for the demolition of the existing single family dwelling and the construction of the 2,940 sq. foot medical clinic, a 14,090 sq. foot parking lot with 25 spaces. No rezoning was required at this property. They will have a 25 foot shared driveway with Saylor Realty.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the plan Sep. 8.
Quick Visit Clinic chose to build in Osceola because they seek to serve in rural areas that could benefit from more healthcare access. There are not doctors continually on site but most of the time do have supervising physicians present. Hours of operation would be Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m.
“I’m an employee of our hospital,” said councilman Tom Bahls. “Competition but even more so collaboration is very important... My biggest concern is that the revenue that we generate from our rural health clinic, which is family medicine, specialty services as well as our walk in clinic may be diminished by your arrival which then would put a financial strain which only can be compensated, potentially, by the tax payer.”
“This clinic may bring more people in from further out rather than going to Creston if they’re half way between somewhere,” said councilman Dan Hooper. “If there are clinics with more options and more space and more doctors in the community it might bring in more people and not hurt the hospital one bit by way of numbers.”
The council voted to approve the site plan with one abstention by councilman Dr. George Fotiadis.
“With that done, I just want to say welcome to town and between the two of us we’ll just have to make each other better,” said Fotiadis