At last night’s council meeting a discussion was held in order to decide if the purchase of the land owned by the Huell Howser trust was a good idea for the city in order to build a park that also had a “dog park” component attached.
The council decided that it was not a good idea.
My question now is who is being factually accurate when it comes to staff reports to our council?
Let me explain.
In last night’s staff report Randy Councell said: “In February, staff was contacted by Keller Williams Real Estate out of La Quinta regarding the City’s possible interest in the purchase of the 70.82 acres owned by the late Huell Howser.”
One would think that in the last 10 days this real estate company cold called Randy Councell to see if the city was interested in buying this property for a park.
Lets take a look at the staff report of December 10, 2013 in regards to building a “dog park”.
“New Properties 7. Huell Howser’s”
Then the staff recommendation – “If staff was to recommend a site, this would be it.”
And who wrote this staff report? “FROM: Community Services Director and Animal Control Supervisor”. That would be Randy Councell as lead and Rick Boyd brought in as a secondary due to the dog park component.
So back in December Randy Councell was giving the Huell Houser property the clear go ahead. Did he somehow divine that it was for sale? Did the real estate office maybe contact him in November and not in February as he now claims? Or maybe he was in the hunt for this property well before it is listed as a possibility in his staff reports.
What is the import of questions and concerns such as this. The import is that our council is getting bad staff reports that are not accurate nor factual.
Some may say no foul. Well, I keep looking at those Project Phoenix Bonds that our council was convinced into selling through the very same process as this park business and we have nothing but 31 million dollars in debt to show for it.
We almost lost $200,000.00 last night had not a few citizens divulged that private email of Randy Councell to a select few citizens which was nothing more than an attempt by Councell to influence the council to see things his way. He failed. Thank the stars.
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