The voters of this city just turned down a request by city officials to sell a $15 million bond issue for the purpose of digging two new water wells and building a desalinization plant. City officials are now talking about finding another way to finance the project!
In other words, they seem determined to ignore the voter’s wishes. There is another way to achieve the objective. All we have to do is follow the recommendations of the HDR report completed in 2012. The city paid many thousands of dollars for this report and then did nothing with it. In this report, HDR cited that the water contained in the aquifer located underneath the Chase Field area is the best water around. Using this water would not require the building of a desalination plant, the most costly part of the system that city officials want to ram down our throats. Drilling new wells, as recommended by the DHR report, over that aquifer would cost much less than the $15 million they’re set on spending.
City Council members seem adamant in spending money provided by the citizens of this community. Just why is it so difficult for the city to go out for bids on this project? Am I missing something here or is this a personal thing between the city officials and someone else trying to help?
And while they’re at it, they can also find a different way to finance this project. Placing the entire burden all on the citizens of this community is not the only way. There are other ways. Maybe they need some help there too. That can be arranged if we don’t have the expertise on our city’s staff.
The results of the election surely must mean something to the City Council members. They failed and need to accept that and find another way to get us water. The other way is if they would just quit dragging their feet. It’s time for city officials to act responsibly and do the jobs that they were elected or hired to do. It’s their responsibility.