Starke County Officials Close to Finalizing Hospital Lease


The Starke County Commissioners have tentatively set three public meetings for next week to go over terms of the proposed Starke Hospital lease. They’re still working out the last of the details of the agreement, which will clear the way for construction of a new hospital on the current site at the intersection of South Heaton Street and Culver Road in Knox.

Commissioner Kathy Norem says the meetings will cover the sum and substance of the proposed agreement. County attorney Marty Lucas is going to speak to Starke Hospital officials today to make sure they do not object to the public sessions prior to the scheduled Aug. 29th special session between the county council and commissioners and hospital board to execute the agreement.

The tentative sessions will take place Monday, Aug. 22 in the Knox High School cafeteria, Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the North Judson-San Pierre auditorium and Wednesday, Aug. 24 in the cafeteria at Oregon-Davis High School. All three sessions will start at 6 p.m. Norem will confirm the dates with the schools if the hospital agrees to the meetings.

Another delay in the process would mean another extension of the lease between the county and the hospital. Their current agreement expires at the end of the month.