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Two Heffernan hospital district trustees named to committee

January 30, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — At a special Tuesday afternoon meeting, the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District board appointed trustees Norma Apodaca and Mark Perrone to a new hospital committee that includes City Councilman Frank Montoya and Mayor Pro Tem John Renison.

On the direction of Mayor Victor Carrillo, the four will look into funding sources for the construction of a new Calexico Hospital.

Trustee David Ouzan said any information discussed by the committee should be shared with the Heffernan district board, the City Council and the public.

The sort of information that might be shared hasn't been determined.

Earlier this month a grant writer from Brawley, George Thomas, pitched his services to the City Council.

He offered to apply for funds that could be used to build a new hospital in exchange for a 10 percent commission on the money he brings in and a $3,500-a-month retainer.


The council did not take him up on his offer.

Carrillo told Thomas instead to meet with a committee of Heffernan trustees and city councilmen. Tuesday's action by the Heffernan board officially creates that committee.

The committee could decide to work with Thomas as a joint powers authority or let the City Council or the Heffernan district take the lead.

At the beginning of Tuesday's meeting, Thomas said he would make a presentation to the board Feb. 6 when Perrone is present. Perrone did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

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