A series of public meetings will be held to discuss the federal Department of Veterans Affairs' Draft Environmental Impact Statement that it titles "Reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System," reports South Dakota Public Radio.
The draft EIS lists the VA's preferred alternative to move its services out of the historic former sanatorium in Hot Springs to new facilities in Rapid City, but it also lists alternatives that include moving only some services to Rapid City and leaving some in Hot Springs. The VA lists costs that exceed its budget, difficulty recruiting medical staff to Hot Springs and some limits to services it can provide veterans at the historic structure.
Find the draft EIS attached to this post as a downloadable pdf.
A local opposition group, Save the VA, continues its work to perserve services in Hot Springs, and South Dakota's congressional delegation continues to voice concern about the VA's plan and process. Republican Sen. Mike Rounds said he does not trust the agency.
Comments can be submitted in various ways listed below or given verbally at public meetings, the details of which are listed below.
Email: [email protected]
Staff Assistant to the Director
VA Black Hills Health Care System
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741
Or, directly to the EIS contractor:
BHHCS EIS1406 Fort Crook Road South Suite 101
Bellevue, NE 68005
Three of the six public meetings will be in the Black Hills, while the other three will be in Nebraska.
Monday, Nov. 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Lincoln Room, 2111 N. LaCrosse Street
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Red Rock River Resort, 603 N River St.
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Pine Ridge School (cafeteria), 101 Thorpe Circle