The Newberry CSD is scheduled to have its regular monthly
board meeting this coming Tuesday, July 28th, at 6 P.M. This will once
again be a
With ZOOM meetings, the host (the CSD's General Manager) only
has to click a button on her computer screen to record the meeting. Most
governmental boards do record their meetings and many will post their meetings
on their website for the public's ability to later view what transpired.
The Newberry CSD's dark state has yet to publish any of its
meetings, maintaining as little record and as little transparency of its
proceedings as possible.
has some interesting items
(click here for support documents;
here for attorney fees).
I have selected a few agenda items:
Item 4(c) This addresses the water need for
the Fire Department. Amazingly, this matter is still hanging
around like a Flordia ballot chad. It should have been resolved last year.
Item 4(d) This is a positive step forward
to acquire grant funds for the district. This is an attempt to copy
the Helendale success that the Newberry CSD is a decade behind.
At least this is a step in the right direction and should be supported.
Item 4(e) The CSD is looking to start attaching
a service fee to Fire Department responses. How the fees will be configured
is at the discretion of the board. We recommend that fees be waived for
Newberry Springs residents and property owners who are already supporting the
Fire Department through taxes.
Fire Department responses to non-residents are often
the result of traffic accidents whereby emergency fees are often covered
by insurance companies.
Item 4(g) Discussion of the installation of the
'Air Quality Monitoring Process.' This is a sham. Supposedly part
of the mitigation process to protect Newberry's residents from the silica
dust disturbance caused by the Daggett solar project. The two proposed
monitors will be wholly inadequate for the size of the project.
The Daggett Solar Power Project is a massive undertaking
that is being placed within a Sand Transport Path that has multiple blowing
Sand Rivers that shift locations in different wind events.
The two proposed monitors are insufficient to properly
monitor the shifting silica dust blow patterns over such a large area.
The sales pitch that the two monitors will safely serve the monitoring
needs of Newberry Springs is sadly naive and demonstrates the CSD's
ignorance of the scope of the situation.
At least two years of wind studies should have been
done as part of the EIR. The CSD's acceptance of the two inadequate
monitors is to mitigate future litigation against the project and that the
developer has acted in good faith. The CSD ignorance is
foolishly further damaging the citizens of Newberry Springs.
Further naive is the idea that the two proposed
monitors will in any way protect Newberry Springs citizens as there is no
realistic timely enforcement behind the data. In short, the monitors
will likely be placed in inappropriate locations and will only stand as a
monument to feel-good stupidity.
This is akin to children being taught in the 1950s to
duck-and-cover  during a nuclear attack. The reality was that ducking
and covering would not prevent the children from being vaporized.
Item 4(h) This is yet another Closed Session
away from public scrutiny on the simple matter of whether the CSD should accept
the donation of property in Newberry Springs. Is the property something
that the community truly wants ? At this time, the public isn't
being informed of what the matter involves.
This reminds me of the property east of the CSD building that
the current CSD board was interested in earlier purchasing. When the identity
of the property became public knowledge, the public informed the board of
the history of toxic contamination on the site that the community might be
later forced to clean-up.
As the current board members have lost credibility in the
eyes of most Newberrians, the board's continued concealment of its activities
only furthers the endangerment and discontent of the community.