Last updated 9/22/2013 @ 12:31 a.m.
I would like to update a story published in Cactus Thorns on September 14, 2013 under the headline: The Untold Story: 29 Palms Citadel Visitors Center.
New information has been revealed and sent to me in four PDF files. These files are briefed below along with the PDF files. I thank the source for the work involved in recovering said documents.
These city documents squarely place the February 2000 to March 2001 Staff and City Council in a much better light in terms of disclosure and transparency than the original story indicated.
However, as far as transparency is concerned the past three years, that’s an entirely different matter altogether.
Question: All things considered, should funding ever be made available for this project, do taxpayers really need another visitors center?
Answer: It would be needed about as much as the attempted duplication of a second “community center” or another city “performing arts theater.” To date, both paper work projects have costs taxpayers more money than the city’s entire liquid assets, while the expenses continue to accumulate in attorney fees and staff time. Thus far, after incurring a 31 million taxpayers debt, the only thing to show for these projects are about 10 feet of paperwork, 30 years of manifest debt along with generally about a million dollars in staff, consulting and attorney fees.
The sanity of any one of these three project are in question. It’s my opinion the mental soundness any council member pushing for said projects so too is at issue. Any one of the three projects are a clear example of usurping and plundering public funds to placate local special interests and the pet projects of existing city council members.
OVERVIEW OF PDF STAFF REPORTS TWELVE AND THIRTEEN YEARS AGO
PDF File I, dated Feb. 22, 2000: Staff Report recommends the Council select an architect to design the (Citadel) visitor center. Staff agendized a workshop, and a time slot to view two conceptualized drawing of a new visitor’s center. The drawings were prepared by two architect firms (unnamed);
PDF File II, dated April 25, 2000: Staff Report recommends council authorize purchase of property at 73265 and 73277 29 Palms Highway for $65,000, and recommends authorization for city manager to execute documents to purchase;
PDF File III, undated attachment: County Parcel Map. Situs of said properties, supra, located just west of SR 62 and Bullion);
PFD File IV, dated March 13, 2001: Staff Report in re former City Council Member Maskers request an update on the status on the proposed visitors center. It reports that the “Preliminary Design” has been developed” by architect an another independant consultant firm At this juncture, Staff Report suggests it was necessary to conduct another engineering survey regarding placement of a building (Citadel) and parking. No final design at his this juncture.
PDF CITY STAFF REPORTS
* Once these two files are open, right click to rotate them right side up.
These public drawings of a proposed 29 Palms Donnell Hill Citadel Visitors Center were very recently furnished to the Desert Trail.
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