Yucca Valley, Ca.,- In another move to shut out the public, there was a ground breaking event last February 28th at the highly controversial Yucca Valley Animal Shelter location NOT announced to the public. There were no press releases, no announcements on the Town Website or the YV Animal Shelter Facebook page.
San Bernardino Sun newspaper reported the Yucca Valley Shelter groundbreaking was attended by local officials and dignitaries.
In the meantime, town manager Mark Nuaimi is doing the razzle-dazzle with our budget shortfall trying to cover a moving target of a $300,000 to $800,000 gap for the upcoming fiscal year by closing the summer concerts and children’s swimming lessons. Nuaimi is so upside down with the town finances, the reserves have taken a dip of $1.2 million dollars which he defends is only temporary. We’ll see.
The next fiscal budget (2014-2015) will have to factor in annual payments of $50,000.00 per year towards the town’s 50% share of construction costs for this replacement shelter that will not house any more pets than presently housed. We citizens foot the bill but are not notified of the ground breaking, eh? Doesn’t smell right to me.
The Rancho Cucamonga architect given the no-bid contract designed large shade trees to protect the courtyard from the sun. This was a huge mistake because trees were to be planted on top of the sewer leach lines! After removing that idea from the drawing board, there were no funds to buy any shade structures.
The design SPECIFICALLY called out for metal buildings which eliminated most of the bids except for the metal building manufactory in Fontana. Big surprise! Oh yes, after the first walk-through, the potential contractors that attended received a letter calling for stricter qualifications which narrowed the field, again.
I wrote about the top concern expressed by other architects were the costs of heating and cooling due to our extreme weather in the high desert and there are no natural gas lines to the shelter. How or why metal buildings ended up for this shelter is going to end up costing more money to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Town manager, Mark Nuaimi, who lives in Fontana was the lead for the most part on this shelter fiasco.
Another feather in his cap and on his resume, I suppose.
His feather, his project, our dime.
Public not invited.
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