Hefferan board to meet on structural analysis

January 05, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The only agenda item for Monday's meeting of the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District Board of Trustees reads, "Awarding of the structural analysis work to Stedman & Dyson for the Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo urgent care project."

Late last year the board voted unanimously to pay San Diego-based Stedman & Dyson $1,500 for a structural analysis of the long-vacant hospital building.

The findings were to be forwarded to Louis Lerma, Clinicas director, so Lerma could determine the feasibility of opening a late-night urgent-care center in the former hospital building.

The board chose Stedman & Dyson instead of a more expensive scope of work proposal from HMC Architects.

On Saturday, Trustee David Ouzan said, "The agenda was a surprise to me."

He said the meeting will be a waste of time and money since the board has already approved a contract with Steadman & Dyson.


"It's not $1,500 any more. It's $1,650 now because Rivera is charging us by the hour," Ouzan said.

Heffernan attorney Eduardo Rivera is paid $150 an hour by the district.

"The whole thing is because Hems got into the picture," Ouzan said, referring to the local firm.

At the board's first meeting of the new year Heffernan trustees Mark Perrone and Ray Falcon asked if it was legal to consider changing course and accepting the proposal from Kent Hems of HMC Architects.

Falcon said it would be no problem going with HMC since no one had contacted Stedman & Dyson after the board voted to accept its proposal.

Rivera said it would be "unfair" to change course without hearing from Stedman & Dyson first.

Ouzan didn't know if Stedman & Dyson will be represented at the Monday meeting.

"I'm going to call them first thing in the morning," he said.

The Heffernan board will meet at noon Monday inside the Calexico Hospital building.

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