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Heffernan board and city of Calexico seeking donation of 25 acres to build new hospital

March 08, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Heffernan Memorial Hospital District and the city are asking for a donation of 25 acres to build a new hospital.

Hospital board Chairman Mark Perrone passed out a letter Thursday at the Heffernan board meeting that was written recently by Calexico City Manager Richard Inman.

Inman wrote, "It is expected that 25 acres of land would be required for recent and projected growth of such a facility. … If you feel you might entertain such a donation I would appreciate a response to this letter by Friday, March 22."

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The letter will be sent to "all of the developers," according to Perrone.

"They'll take us more serious with the city involved now," he added.

Hospital Trustee Ray Falcon is confident the acreage will be donated.

"That is for sure. We are moving!" he said.

Falcon said there have been talks with at least five developers who want to donate land.

Once all proposals are received by March 22, the city and the district will decide how best to find the money to build a hospital.

"At this point in time we're not planning on anything like that," Falcon said.

The first step is obtaining the land, Falcon said.

In other business during a short board meeting, Trustee Norma Apodaca congratulated David Ouzan and Alex Perrone on their elections to the City Council. Ouzan has been a Heffernan trustee for the past year and Perrone is the brother of Mark Perrone.

Ouzan did not attend Thursday's meeting.

Because of his election to the council, Ouzan has to vacate his seat on the Heffernan board, according to City Clerk Lourdes Cordova.

Falcon said there should be a good number of applicants looking to join the Heffernan board now.

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

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