(Update: 10:15 PM. see below )
Our local water district has gotta be the best darn water district in the state.
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board Members voted this evening to retain the TPFD. County fire will not take over the 29 Palms Fire Department. There are still major funding issues that need to be resolved.
The vote was 4-1 to retain the TPFD and not turn it over to County Fire and ; Board Member BO Bourikas voted against. Bourikas was staunchly in favor of County Fire, and he made his arguments in a professional and intelligent manner. Chancy and BO went toe-to-toe (back and fourth) about County Fire. BO for and Chancy against.
I Personally thank BO for his good presentations and questions favoring going with County Fire. All of these guys on the Board deserve T-Shirts with the words: “We are the Best!”
Does that mean that services will not be gutted — putting the entire community, churches, schools, businesses in imminent danger of great bodily harm (and likely stagnating investment and growth so desparately needed)? No. There continues to be the possibility that services will be chopped in half. Much has to be worked out.
After a lengthy discussion tonight during the TPFD meeting the gloves were off. Warne was severely lambasted for his inaccurate power point presentation. The water board engaged in a meaningful discussion of all the options in terms of protecting the community.
Fire Chief Thompson and Board Member Chancy Chambers were the most outspoken concerning City Manager, Richard Warne, and his inaccurate power point presentation not long ago. Chief Thompson literally destroyed Warne’s bogus and contentious presentation with fact after fact.
What agitated Chief Thompson the most about Warne’s power point presentation was Slide #55. The Chief literally punched holes in Warne’s misinformation. One Board member accused Warne of lying on one of the issues.
Board Member Chancey Chamber was the Board member asking the hard questions, and offering facts and solutions. Interestingly, Chancy has a plan to fund the fire department from an additional and legal source within the water district. More on this later.
City Council members Jay Corbin, Dan Mintz, Jim Harrias and CORA HEISER were present at the meeting. None spoke during comments.
Postscript: If case anyone was wondering about Larry Briggs (as I have) , he was at the meeting and said he continues to read Cactus Thorns.
THIS WILL BE UPDATED TOMORROW WITH MORE INFORMATION — AND BELIEVE ME THERE IS MORE.