TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MOVES ON JOINT CITY-MARINE BASE SEWER SYSTEM

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MOVES ON JOINT CITY-MARINE BASE SEWER SYSTEM

The Twentynine Palms City Council approved a list of rules for the new dog park coming to Knott Sky Park at its meeting last night, and also approved the hiring of a new lobbyist in Washington, DC. The new lobbying firm, IFS, is not only less expensive than its previous firm, but has worked with the Hi-Desert Water District in Yucca Valley to help obtain funding for its sewer project, experience that will come in handy for its work for Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains…
Twentynine Palms City Councilmembers were eager to get the ball rolling to explore the feasibility of a joint use wastewater treatment facility with the adjacent Marine base. Councilmember Joel Klink didn’t want the city to put off the decision like its neighbor to the west. “If we wait too long, we’re going to be paying quadruple times the amount of money that we could be paying today, like Yucca Valley. They’re paying a lot of money.”
The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center’s current sewer plant is 50 years old and needs updating; Twentynine Palms relies on septic tanks and wants to go to sewer to protect its ground water. Councilmember Steve Bilderain says it’s a win-win for everyone. “I think they need something, we need something.”
And so the council voted unanimously to approve a resolution indicating its support for a joint sewer facility. The resolution supporting the collaboration between the two entities will allow the region’s political representatives to facilitate funding for the massive project.

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