The recent flooding once again brings home the reality that a 24 hour rain would paralyze the Morongo Basin. Nothing comes in, nothing goes out. SR 62 and roadways washed-out, and businesses and homes flooded.
Meanwhile, the 29 City Council continues to be okay with being unprepared for disasters, fires and rescue calls with a seriously underfunded and down-sized TPFD. As known, the TPWD oversees the TPFD, and by law it cannot directly fund the fire department.
While the TPWD is grappling in good faith on ways to solve the problem of how to fund a floundering fire department, the Council continues to foolishly spend money on non-priority project.
Z107.7 reports that there is a possibility that the TPFD’s Mutual Aid Agreements to other cities could be discontinued.
Catch 22: With only one undermanned fire engine (responsible for covers 58 square miles of city limits, for a total of over 80 something sq. miles of unincorporated 29), a greater risk is created if that one fire engine is on a mutual aid call; but at the same time, the Mutual Aid Agreement can’t be abandoned.
We all love our self-righteous city council who continue to pretend we do not have a catastrophic emergency situation facing the entire community when — at any given moment — churches, schools, structures, businesses and people are in harms way.
The loss of life and property is imminent.
How in the world is 29 going to provide fire protection to the The Tortoise Rock Casino and its patrons 24/7 when it opens in January 2014?
The 29 Palms City Council has refused to help pay any money for fire services, medical and rescue calls even though it receives 22% in property taxes for those necessary services. It has also refused to partner with the water district to help fund a fire department which bears its name (even though it sits on over $12,000,000 in reserve of taxpayers’ funds).
City’s leaders are irresponsible. They have only addressed this problem once, after nearly a year of shamefully stonewalling. They stated on record:
“We don’t want to get involved in TPWD business.”
Can anyone responsibly argue that the Council should not re-pivot?
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