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October 22, 2013

First-ever urgent care and pharmacy coming to Good Hope

GOOD HOPE — The first-ever urgent care and pharmacy in Good Hope is on the way, and officials say the new business should be in operation early next year.

Businessman Keith Brown spoke to the city council at a recent meeting about the new urgent care and pharmacy, which will be constructed on a piece of property that was recently purchased next to the Coca Cola bottling plant.

Brown said they hope to have construction complete in approximately five months, putting the business on schedule for a March-April opening date.

“We need all the help we can get, we made an investment in coming here and we think it will be a good one,” Brown said. “We believe these businesses will be something the city will be proud of and will definitely make that property look better.”

In addition to the obvious implications of having a health care facility in town, Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbison said the business could also have some far- reaching effects for growth in the future.

“That’s something people look at when coming into a community, the local health care options, and how accessible a pharmacy will be,” he said. “That’s the type of thing that can open up more options for residential development and commercial. This opens up doors in Good Hope for other opportunities down the road.”

Harbison noted the site of the future urgent care is currently a dilapidated lot, so the project will also improve curb appeal by redeveloping the property.

“We’ll also get that looking better, which is huge,” he said. “We really are excited about it.”

In other business the council:

 Harbison provided an update on their sewer project stating the pump station had been put in and 75 percent of the actual sewer lines have been completed, and hopes to have to project finished by Christmas.

 Purchased an $8,000 work truck following a unanimous vote during their meeting Monday night. The utility truck will be used for trimming tree limbs, hanging Christmas lights, and city work.  Council member Maxie Jones said purchasing the truck will save the city money over time.

“We can put up the Christmas lights ourselves with this truck instead of spending $75 an hour to rent one,”  Jones said. “We will be able to raise the ladder on the truck 60-70 feet to trim trees.”

The council moved forward with the purchase and Mayor Corey Harbison did not participate in the vote because the truck was purchased from Harbison’s brother.  

 Before the meeting, a public hearing took place in regards to a piece of property not being used, but owned by Good Hope resident James Arndt, who requested that the council allow him to sell mobile homes on the property lot. The council unanimously granted Arndt‘s request.

 Council member Jerry Bartlett said they have created letter heads for six upcoming projects including: Christmas in the park and their Christmas parade.

 Bartlett also discussed the idea of having a can-food-drive through the school. They plan to visit with potential donors for each of the events in the near future and are asking if anyone would like to be apart of the events, the contact the Good Hope city hall.

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