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Local News: A service of Reid Health

(Richmond, IN)--After changing some language in the ordinances that would allow the city of Richmond to enter into two loans to take down the old Reid Hospital building, Common Council advanced the ordinances to a third reading in two weeks.  Before the vote Monday night, Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum discussed some of the issues at old Reid.  "So far, the police department has responded to (old) Reid Hospital 58 times since January 1."  Fire Chief Jerry Purcell talked about the dangers.  "Believe me, there is tragedy after tragedy awaiting us there," Purcell said.  That includes all of this.  "We have flooded basements.  We have a 20-foot deep mechanical pit to the north of the building that's at ground level.  We have open elevator shaft doors leading to those flooded basements," Purcell added.  Council Monday night capped the rate of one loan at two and a half percent.