City legal bills jump $9,722
Hillsboro’s legal bills spurred by Hillsboro Community Hospital’s just lept $9,722.
After an executive session Tuesday to talk with a lawyer from Triplett Woolf Garretson, council members voted to pay the firm that amount for October hours spent on the case. That brings the total bill so far this year to $81,465.
Rural Hospital Group Consolidated, whose officers are the same as a company that formerly operated the hospital, last month bid $6.9 million to buy the hospital out of bankruptcy. The former company filed for bankruptcy in 2011 while operating HCH.
The hospital has been in bankruptcy court since court-appointed receiver Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March.
Cohesive was appointed receiver in January after the city of Hillsboro and mortgage-holder Bank of Hays petitioned district court to appoint a receiver.
Prior to that, Bank of Hays had filed a petition seeking mortgage foreclosure.