Crash motivates early move for county drug and alcohol program

March 06, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The county's drug and alcohol services program was planning to move its offices anyway, but fate stepped up the timeline a bit when a car careened into the building Monday, causing considerable damage.

The accident forced the move from the damaged building at 801 Broadway in El Centro to happen a little sooner than planned, county Behavioral Health Services Director Michael Horn said.

Drug and alcohol services will be relocated to office space at Menvielle Plaza in El Centro.

The county Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday approved Horn's emergency request for $7,000 to make the move to the new office.


Supervisors Hank Kuiper and Gary Wyatt were absent from the meeting because they were attending a conference in Washington, D.C.

In other action, the board transferred a $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant from the Heber Public Utility District to the county for the Heber essential services building.

According to county documents, the county intends to own the property, which is in escrow, and the grant specifies the money must be transferred to the property owner.

The board also:

· directed the county registrar of voters to stage an election on May 28 to fill an open position on the county board of retirement;

· awarded a $154,136.60 contract to Floyd Nelson Jr. & Sons Inc. of Holtville to reconstruct the intersection at Dogwood and Keystone roads. Concrete at the intersection has extensive cracking.

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