Belmond’s hospital will be getting several new pieces of equipment following final approval by the city council Nov. 4.
Because the facility is city owned, all matters of debt must be approved by the hospital trustees first and the city council second.
The first equipment will be a medication/anesthesia dispensing system, according to Greg Polzin, hospital chief financial officer. It will replace outdated equipment now in use. The hospital will spend $271,000 by way of monthly lease payments of $5,088 for five years.
The second set of equipment will be surgery/endoscopic devices, which will also replace outdated equipment. The hospital will spend $155,000 by way of monthly lease payments of $4,300 for three years.
The city council also approved another contract, this time for a band for the July 4 celebration. The Tank Anthony Band of Iowa Falls will be paid $3,200 for two performances: July 3 downtown and July 4 at the football field. City Council Member Jenna German said the band plays country music and has been popular at town festivals and county fairs in central and northern Iowa.
In other business, the council:
--reviewed the final budget for the town clean-up that was held in September. Nearly 53,000 pounds of material was picked up, along with 42 appliances and 32 tires. The net cost to taxpayers was $7,984;
--learned that Public Works Employee Justin Fournier has passed his state certifications for wastewater grade 1, pesticide spraying, and insecticide spraying.