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SHOW UP FOR YOUR POOL
Published on Facebook and Instagram, March 17, 2022
Our City Council is holding a SPECIAL Monday meeting on March 21 to discuss how to balance the increased costs for the renovation of Luckie Park Pool -- one of the only resources for children in the City. Per the pdf attached to the agenda for Monday's meeting "staff" first estimated the cost at $500,000 (January 2021 ?). In September 2021 the Desert Trail reported the expected cost at 2.3 million. And per the pdf, as of December 2021, it was 3.8 million (3.3 million more than the initial "staff" estimate). Now that it's out for bid, the cost is 4.7 million. The pool is definitely a priority but we have to ask WTF????
Looking at the Staff Report pdf "staff" is suggesting several options to deal with the increased costs, including the UNACCEPTABLE option of delaying the project "until there is a better bidding environment."
But the larger issue is why was the initial staff estimate was so far off? And if City Council can't find the additional money to give the City's kids an upgraded pool, how are they going to pay for the potential 100 million dollar sewer and waste water funding gap? And how can we trust the sewer and waste water estimates?
Below are excerpts from the staff report on Luckie Park Pool, including the options suggested by "staff." WRITE YOUR COUNCIL.
And we suggest that 29 Palms residents read the full pdf which can be found here.