By jeanne starmack
A retired dentist has approached city council with a plan to build a dental clinic on city-owned land on McCartney Road.
Robert Maruschak, who used to have an office in Poland, presented a letter to council that says “our company” is planning on developing a nine- to 12- chair dental clinic that would offer all phases of dentistry.
The letterhead indicates the company is Dental Products and Service Inc.
Along with Maruschak, the letter is signed by Alvin G. Sullivan, who owns a financial consulting business in Girard. Dental Products and Service is owned by Patricia Sullivan, according to a company profile available online.
The city and the company entered into talks about the clinic while former Mayor George Krinos was in office. Lew Jackson, 4th Ward councilman who was city administrator at the time, was also in on those talks.
Jackson, who was replaced by Jack Dill after Bill VanSuch became mayor in January, said no one had contacted Maruschak since Krinos left office.
In recent discussions with Maruschak, Jackson said, Maruschak informed him he wants to work out a deal so the company can take over the 3.6 acres.
“No one’s doing anything with it,” said Jackson, who suports the idea. “Bring some jobs to this city.”
Maruschak said this week that the clinic would serve welfare and Medicaid patients as well as patients with private insurance and would include a dental hygiene department, a denture clinic, an oral surgeon and orthodontics. He said the clinic would generate 25 jobs.
He said that the city is talking about deeding over the land “to expedite financing.”
He said that if the company couldn’t get financing, the property could revert back to city ownership.
Juanita Rich, council president, said she was unaware of discussions to give the property to the company, adding that the company has not proposed that to council.
“But I think this dental clinic would be an asset to the city,” she said.