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Heffernan: ‘Director' post could be created

January 02, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The elected trustees of the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District could create and fill a paid "director" position at tonight's meeting.

The trustees meet at 6 p.m. in the Calexico Hospital building on Highway 98.

The third agenda item reads, "Elect a paid hospital director."

Trustee David Ouzan said he will oppose the idea if it means a fellow trustee will be paid with district funds.

"We are all directors!" he said.

Ouzan thinks a board member is trying to get paid for district work the person signed up for when seeking a seat on the board.

"(The person) needs to get a job," Ouzan said.

At the last meeting of 2001, there was consensus among trustees that someone needed to be at the long-vacated hospital building to meet with engineers or representatives from health- care providers while the district tries to provide some sort of community service there.

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There wasn't agreement on who that person should be.

In lieu of a director, the trustees decided to take turns meeting with potential health-care providers or engineers.

While a director position may be created at tonight's meeting, the potential salary has not been discussed in public session.

There also has been some discussion among the trustees about the legality of paying a trustee with district funds.

Board attorney Eduardo Rivera has said the trustees could decide to pay themselves a small amount per meeting as per California law. Previous boards never voted to pay themselves.

Rivera hasn't yet explained how the law could be used as the basis for creating a director position for one of the trustees.

In other business at tonight's meeting, the board will "re-evaluate" architect and engineer's proposals.

At its previous meeting, the board chose a San Diego-based engineering firm, Stedman & Dyson to conduct a $1,500 structural analysis of the hospital building. The board also received a proposal from a local engineering firm.

After re-evaluating the proposals, the board will reorganize and vote to change Rivera's payment from a monthly retainer to a per-hour fee.

In a letter to the board, Rivera stated a $150 per-hour fee for his services would "be more economical to the Calexico Hospital."

After Rivera's item, the board will decide whether to advertise for a part-time administrative assistant.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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