Pella Regional to Close Clinic

Prairie Knolls requested $8,800 to assist in replacing a filter tank at the club’s pool. Without replacement the pool would not be open for the 2019 season. File Photo

NEW SHARON – New Sharon is losing one of its medical facilities effective the end of July according to information an action received at Wednesday’s city council meeting. Pella Regional will close its clinic in mid-July and vacate the building at the end of the month.

For the past three years Pella regional has operated a clinic in New Sharon at the site of the former New Sharon Medical Building, which had been the home of Grinnell Regional for many years. According to information presented at the council meeting the clinic is seeing an average of four patients per week and can no longer justify the costs. They will see their last patient on July 12 and will close the doors completely on July 31.

Pella Regional opened the clinic on Feb. 15, 2016 after renovating the facility, which is owned by the City of New Sharon. Mayor Keri Lamberson said the closing was not because of high rental costs, but lack of patient base. Pella Regional’s rental agreement was for $100 per month with PRMC paying upkeep, utilities and repairs. The city will look for a new tenant for the building or possible selling of the building.

Five building permits will be on the May 15 agenda for public hearing. Jim Reed, 202 W. Maple has applied for a fence; David Pinkerton, 306 N. Elm for an addition; LaMona Davis, 405 E. Depot, for a fence; Dennis Bouma, 109 N. Pearl, for a cabin; and Raymond Bonebrake, 103 Sunset, for a deck.

Mandy Hudnutt representing Prairie Knolls Golf Club appeared before the council to request assistance with repairs to the pool. Prairie Knolls is a privately owned club that includes golf and a swimming pool. Although private, the facility is open to the public for some events. Hudnutt said Prairie Knolls has about 160 annual memberships and the day care at North Mahaska School uses the pool for $300 per year.

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