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Hospital deal studied

Union County has hired an attorney and a consulting firm to look harder at plans to extend Carolinas HealthCare System's lease on CMC-Union hospital by 40 years.

The move came out of questions about whether the county is getting the best possible deal.

Under the proposed lease, CHS would pay $25 million upfront, plus $2.8 million in annual rent, to be adjusted every five years starting in 2019. CHS also promises to make $200 million worth of improvements over 10 years.

Some officials have questioned why the county did not solicit competitive bids from other healthcare providers.

The county has hired Shattuck Hammond Partners, a New York-based financial consultant, to study the facility's value, County Manager Al Greene said in an e-mail last week. The study's cost is $25,000.

The county also has retained Raleigh attorney John Crill, who specializes in hospital law. Crill's fee is $400 per hour. Mike Torralba

Blood drive Friday

The American Red Cross and the Union County Chamber of Commerce will host a blood drive noon-4:30 p.m. Friday. It's dedicated to the memory of Alex Kahle, a Porter Ridge High student who died in a car wreck last year. The blood drive is at 903 Skyway Drive in Monroe. Information: 704-283-7402.

See land-use plan

Union County residents are invited to a community forum Monday on the county's updated land-use plan. The plan outlines types of new development in the coming years, where it should go and what areas should be preserved. The community forum will be 7-9p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230-D Presson Road in Monroe. Details: 704-292-2580. Mike Torralba

Farm-City Celebration

The annual Farm-City Celebration is set for Oct. 9 at the Union County Agriculture Center. It will feature “Gimme the Mike” entertainer Marty Vanderlip, along with “good ole boy” Bill Melton as master of ceremonies. The program includes a meal and recognition of agriculture honorees. Tickets are $20 at the Agricultural Center. Details: 704-283-3738.

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