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Plans to build medical clinic in Zeigler are on hold

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FRANKLIN CO. -- With the City of Zeigler's finances under scrutiny, some wonder if it has played a part in slowing down plans for a new medical clinic.

Mayor Dennis Mitchell told News 3, money for the clinic is still there, but other problems have halted plans, for now.

The dream for and old bank building in Zeigler to become a medical center, is now on hold.

When News 3 visited the facility in January, it was in the middle of being stripped out.

"We haven't got any place on renovations yet because we're waiting to see whether we get the grant," said Mitchell. 

Mitchell said the hold up has come from an over a $300,000 grant the city applied for through Greater Egypt with the Delta Regional Authority. 

"It's at the federal level. Right now, they don't have a chairman for that organization and it's on hold," said Mitchell. 

In August, 2016, a well-known family in the community donated $230,000 for the project.

"That's before we had to gut the building to remediate some water issues and consequently, the cost went up and about $475,000 was the minimum bid and that doesn't include some heating and air," 

Making the total cost around $525,000. Mitchell also said the "Morthland Foundation" had a part in the lease agreement.

"Of the Morthland related entities that are registered through the Illinois Secretary of State's Office,, the Foundation is showing it's still being active and in good standing," added the city's attorney Rebecca Whittington.

Mitchell said he hasn't give up hope, Zeigler will again get the hometown healthcare they've patiently waited for.

"I would like to bring some more life back to the community and bring some jobs. A clinic obviously brings jobs," said Mitchell.  

Representatives with the Morthland Foundation told News 3, they still hope to move forward with the clinic as well.

While Mayor Mitchell hangs onto hope, he says he does not know when a chairman will be appointed. He says he's looking at backup plans in the meantime.

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