Well. I have been asked this question several times this week and I tell people I have no answer.
Their concern is over the expenditure of $13,000 to purchase a metal sculpture and to place it “again” as they say on the road to the 29 Palms Inn.
These people do not see that the influx of money into the area around the Inn also supports the Park Headquarters rather they see it as an expenditure of their tax dollars to advertise a private business – the 29 Palms Inn.
They point out the sign with the sheep were made by the same artist. They say here we are a year or two later and again this artist will get more tax dollars.
They say how can a council approve of such a thing when Ron Peck indicated that come June 31, 2014 the yearly budget will be in the “red”?
I tell them that the money was already budgeted but they point out that may be so but clearly Ron Peck is indicating there will be over runs in other budget items so why spend money on this?
I tell them I do not know. And I do not know. I then tell them go to the council meeting and ask the council members in public to explain their position. Challenge them to answer the questions.
I also tell them “I wish you good luck” and I do know what the outcome of that will be do you?