Get this! The Fullerton City Council’s ONLY Regular Business for Tuesday’s meeting is…drum role please…to designate a voting representative and alternates for the League of Cities annual conference!! View the agenda.
That’s it, right? No. That is the only “Regular Business” item but I didn’t mention the Consent Calendar.
Item 4 of the Consent Calendar is a $2,705,000 bond for irrigation at the Fullerton Municipal Golf Course. You read that correctly; $2.7 million for golf course sprinklers! Apparently “staff” has identified this as the most “shovel-ready” infrastructure project.
The background on this item is interesting for those following President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Act includes provisions for bonds issued by agencies in designated “Recovery Zones” and Fullerton has been designated as one of those Recovery Zones or RZ.
The eligible uses for RZ Economic Development Bond proceeds according to the staff report include: 1) capital expenditures for the acquisition or development of property within a Recovery Zone by a public entity; 2) expenditures for public infrastructure and construction of public facilities; and 3) expenditures for job training and education programs.
This is when the veins on my neck begin to pulse and I run the risk of bursting a blood vessel! Our Congress has given local agencies certain bonding authority to raise money to fix their infrastructure and our beloved City Hall staff decides to use this authority to grow our indebtedness and fix golf course sprinklers!
I may not be much of a golfer but I do know they charge as much as $35 per person to play. If that isn’t enough to cover the cost, I suggest they charge more or get out of the golfing business altogether.
I hope our council has the wherewithal to vote NO on this but I doubt it. It is spending like this that makes me want to run for city council. But the race is already full of rich would-be spenders chomping at taxpayers’ checkbook with pen in hand. How will Bankhead vote? How would McKinley or Burbank vote? Tomorrow we will get to see how Bankhead, with 22 years of experience on the council, will vote. I am quite certain he will vote YES and waist $2.7 million watering the grass while ignoring our roads, sewers, water system, and sidewalks.
Oh but the grass will be green and a council member will get to go to the League of Cities Conference in September all on our dime. Not a bad gig if you can get it.