Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Town manager Mark Nuaimi was the guest speaker at the Republican Women meeting yesterday. The program was slated to address many burning questions like…what is going to move in the old Walmart building and will the town bring in a Trader Joes? Alas, Nuaimi was not at liberty to discuss the handful of parties interested in the old Walmart building and spelled out the criteria by Trader Joe’s to confirm they would not be coming to our area.
During his presentation, Nuaimi also confirmed the popular Summer Concert series and the swimming program for our children will definitely be cut out of the budget and there will be deeper cuts of programs to come. The ad-hoc committee members, Councilmen Rowe and Huntington, met with 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos in a last ditch effort to save these two programs. The County, also struggling with a money crunch, turned down their request explaining if they fund our two programs, they would have to fund other city requests.
Describing the situation as a “challenging budget cycle,”Nuaimi laid out a budget deficit with no investment in infrastructure ranging from $750,000 to $1 million dollars.” While the current gap for the 2013-2014 budget is a moving target of $380,000 to $750,000, Nuaimi is focused on securing the annual funding of a proposed donated sports park that will require over $250,000 to maintain.
Nuaimi repeated the need to fund maintenance and repairs for our roads as the most crushing crisis without mentioning the sewer problem as a priority. He did not see any immediate need to address the sewer crisis because any positive results are long term. When he spoke on the “White Elephant PFF” building and the In-and-Out status, he said the “White Elephant is in purgatory” and both properties are affected by the lack of sewer. Nuaimi pointed out the PFF Bank was purchased before he came on board.
Other topics included the $3 million dollar Replacement Animal Shelter broke ground and will be completed by late Fall, the Senior Housing Project is moving forward and stop lights in residential neighborhoods are part of the required infrastructure of Super Walmart looking ahead for 20 years.
Nuaimi did not discuss his recent salary raise to $293,000.00 per year and 3 year contract awarded to him by Council members Abel, Lombardo, Huntington and Rowe.
To voice your opinion on future cuts by the Town Council, please attend their meeting on April 2, 2013 and a Budget Workshop on Saturday April 6, 2013, from 9 am-11 am.
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