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By Jeff Pack

Temecula City Council agrees to extend Temecula Hospital development conditions


Last updated 12/6/2018 at 8:33pm

Temecula City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 27, to approve a modification to revise the development plan condition of approval for Temecula Valley Hospital, which means the hospital will have 10 more years to determine whether or not a second bed tower should be added to the facility.

The hospital was approved by the city council in January 2008 and opened to the public in October 2013. The conditions set forth by the initial agreement required the hospital to start construction on a second tower no later than Feb. 8, 2019.

In this action, the hospital was asking that the construction of the second tower be extended another 10 years.

Universal Health Systems’ Temecula Valley Hospital CEO Darlene Wetton told the council during public comment that the addition of Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta to the area added another 100 beds to the community and lessened the potential in-patient impact on Temecula Valley Hospital.

“Also, a lot has changed in health care,” she said. “In-patient need has really declined nationwide, we’re seeing more of a shift to outpatient development throughout the country.”

She said the Advisory Board, a national research firm, indicated that a half a percent increase in the need for inpatient beds on an annual basis.

“I think the hospital has demonstrated that when there is a need in the community, that we will build,” Wetton said. “But at this time, there is not a need for inpatient beds.”

Council member Mike Naggar talked about the beginnings of the hospital project and why certain conditions were set by the council. He also lauded the efforts by the hospital over the last five years.

“I wholeheartedly stand behind this,” Naggar said.

Council member Jeff Comerchero also congratulated the hospital for its accomplishments.

“We had very high expectations and you far exceeded them,” he said. “As I have one foot out the door and I look back and accomplishments we were able to do together, this is right at the top of the list.”

Mayor Matt Rahn had no issues with delaying the expansion project.

“We expect to see that tower built eventually because we know the demand will increase, but now isn’t the time,” he said. “As a member of the subcommittee, we have a very simple decision to make.”

The council also approved everything on the consent calendar, including authorizing the city manager to enter into funding agreements with the Gateway developer and Los Ranchitos Homeowners Association for roundabout improvements at La Paz and Ynez roads.

“We just felt that it was very important to preserve the rural character of Los Ranchitos,” Naggar said. “The developer put in about $500,000 for that roundabout, though his center only impacts it about 40 percent. However, he came to the plate and said you know what I will put in an additional $10,000 just because I want to and I want to be a good neighbor. I thought that was really good. In addition to that, Los Ranchitos did the same thing, only they put in $30,000.”

The consent calendar approvals included the approval of financial statements for the fourth quarter; increasing revenue and transfer out accounts by $66,000 in Supplemental Law Enforcements Services; transferring $1,404,941 to Section 125 Pension Trust; transferring $125,000 from the General Fund surplus to the Technology Replacement Fund to fund the acquisition of a Financial Budgeting Software System; transferring $1,000,000 from the Fiscal Year 17-18 Measure S Fund surplus to the Community Recreation Center Pool Site Enhancement and Renovation Capital Improvement Project; approving the purchase, license and implementation cost of time and attendance module, mobile access and support services with Tyler Technologies.

They also approved the adoption of an ordinance that amends public works contract bidding to increase the minimum bidding requirements; approved a Cooperative Agreement with Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club in support of a Community Christmas Dinner in the amount of $7,255 of in-kind services and costs; approved a Cooperative Agreement with Temecula Valley Genealogical Society in support of facility use and approved the purchase and installation agreements with Miracle Recreation Equipment Company for playground equipment enhancement and safety surfacing at Rotary Park and Temeku Hills Park.

The council also approved a resolution to establish an all-way stop control at the intersection of Honors Drive and Brassie Lane.

Earlier in the evening, members of a contingency from Temecula Sister City, Daisen, Japan, were awarded certificates and addressed the council.

The council meeting was adjourned in honor of the passing of Bob Morris at the request of Naggar.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, inside City Council Chambers, 41000 Main Street, in Temecula.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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