The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting covered a wide range of topics. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report on the meeting into two parts. Today: Park lighting contracts, civic event collaborations, art on traffic signal boxes, and a warning about an oil pipeline…
City staff described how approximately $50,000 was cut from original bids for lighting materials and installation at Knott Sky Park. Council approved expenditure of about $247,000 for the purpose by a vote of 4-1, with Cora Heiser dissenting.
The Council approved the Public Arts Advisory Committee’s request to paint traffic signal boxes along Adobe Road. The art design and implementation will be done by local high school students.
The Council approved the City’s collaboration in two civic events in 2015. Support for “Twentynine Palms Salutes Those Who Have Served” events during Pioneer Days, which will include base tours for returning veterans, a parade, and the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall, was accompanied by a $25,000 allocation, which event organizer Mary Jane Binge hopes to cover through fundraising activities. Costs for hosting a lunch stop on June 27 during the St. Louis to Los Angeles Great Race sports car rally will be covered by the Chamber of Commerce.
During public comment, resident Ed Valloran said that survey markers have appeared on public and private land across the city. He is certain that they mark the route of an oil pipeline about which he had raised an alarm some months ago.