When there are needless fatalities in the future due to the dismantling of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, city council members will justifiably be held responsible.
We all know by now, County Fire has graciously step up to the plate to take over fire services of the city in the very near future. However, we also know the county is in fiscal crises and its fire services throughout the county are being scaled back.
The County does not have funding to maintain the level of fire safety the city now enjoys.
This will leave the city with grave problems concerning public safety. The simple solution is for the city to now partner (help fund) with CountyFire for the future needs of public safety.
However, as we sadly know there are no efforts to do this.
This revolting development at city hall stupefies the senses! The future growth of the city will be impacted and impaired.
Can city councilmen face the parents of children lost, or the children whom have lost parents, because the city was preoccupied with a frigging grandiose duplicated playhouse and other cosmetic costly projects — and they just didn’t care?
This city has capital. It has large amounts of money but none for the safety of its people or their property. The council’s inaction is disgusting. The city has the money to fund/partner with the county for the next 50 years and still develop its reserves. Do the math.
This community will be is at risk 100 percent of the time.
I sorry I was not able to attend the Tuesday council meeting due to an unexpected personal commitment. I am so sorry I couldn’t look the councilmen in the face and present my (prepared) 3 minutes of comments.
The TPFD has a fifty history with the city, and now it will be dismantled and the community and schools are going to be at risk. Yes, even the playhouse goers will be at risk. And remember H&S codes, Code of Federal Regulations, California Administrative Codes, labor laws, and OSHA — prevent entry for rescues in structures when there is not a backup team (of firefighters) to rescue firefighter inside.
It’s not only a pathetic lack of fire protection, but the next seasonal storm when the fire department is at the Hanson Track, who the hell is going to put the flood control gates up? The town has already had fatalities where the flood channel crosses the roads when it floods.
The city receives Fire Development Impact Fees [California Government Code Section 66000] for capital improvements. Ironic isn’t it that the present council doesn’t care about the safety of its resident or their property or homes or businesses. Yet it takes your money for FDIF.
In short, there will be no safety net. Something has gone very wrong with the leadership in 29.
It’s simply inconceivable going forward like this.
The biggest line of fabrication out of city hall goes like this: Since Measure H (special property fire tax) failed, residents, their families, homes and businesses want it this way. Contrariwise, it was voted down because ratepayers wanted more of their tax dollars to stay in the city.
What prudent business person would invest in a small town with an understaffed fire department, higher fire insurance and a city council with the funding but does not care?
During his failed tenure with the city, City Boss Richard Warne has gleefully been planning his resume enhancement with his $31 million of bond debt for a new empire — known as “ PP” (Project Phoenix). All all during this time not a peep about public safety or the demise of the TPFD.
How pathetic is this? God help the city when the magnificent killer quake hits, an anomalous seasonal disaster or a great fire (or any fire) in city limits.
God help a city council that has sat on their hands.
Footnote: It should be noted that newly elect Councilwoman, Cora Heiser, has voiced supports for partnering with County Fire and she has been vocal in terms of public safety.