Newberry CSD Board's
Incompetence Has Sunk Further !
Posted: March 1, 2021
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel
The Newberry CSD's February board meeting had
again the usual boredom. Discussions ran-on far longer
than necessary. Director Jack Unger, in particular, likes to
listen to himself give reports.
While the agenda had several items, I will highlight
one to illustrate the CSD's circus operation.
Civic Hub Strategic Plan
The CSD formally accepted the final wording of the
Civic Hub Strategic Plan.
(4.3 MB of weariness.)
The idea of a Civic Hub Strategic Plan has been
spearheaded by CSD director Jack Unger. In committee development
for over 15-months, the plan has been piloted by Jack Unger who served
as the chairman. CSD director Victoria Paulsen has co-piloted
as the co-chair. Neither demonstrated the ability to
Yes, the same bumbling pair that messed-up the CSD's
appeal before the county's Board of Supervisors regarding the Planning
Commission's approval of the Daggett Solar Power Project.
With a strong supportive cast of excellent committee members
that included Karen Gray, Mike Sullivan (Principal,
Silver Valley High School), Daphne Lanier (Chief, Newberry Volunteer FD),
and Cory Rogers (Assistant Chief, Newberry Volunteer FD), it is very
disappointing that Jack Unger and Victoria Paulsen demonstrated
their inability to submit a working strategic plan to fulfill their
The committee, under Unger and Paulsen, appears
to have been mishandled. In reading the presented plan, it
contains scattered ideas with no defined blueprint for a Civic Hub
The purpose of a strategic plan is to identify objectives,
gather data, evaluate the data, formulate and then execute the plan.
The bulk of Unger and Paulsen's strategic plan consists
of a synopsis outline of the dreams and wishes from previous community
plans. A civic hub strategic plan however is not a community
plan. It could be a branch element of a community plan, but a strategic
plan is entirely different and it requires a different approach and data.
The submitted "Civic Hub Strategic Plan" totally
lacks a plan-of-action. There is no definition as to
how to move strategically forward which is the purpose of the plan.
There are no stated steps to follow ! Where is the plan?
The CSD has again BOMBED in failing to deliver.
Little wonder that the CSD and the community have remained so stagnant.
The board members are stagnant in their ability. 15+ wasted months
for an absurdly incomplete plan that never should have been submitted.
Nothing sticks to the wall.
While the committee repackaged existing community data,
the leadership floundered. In short, the plan simply rehashes old
data and draws unsubstantiated conclusions.
It further fails to present anything new, such as
recent surveys and studies to demonstrate the community's true civic hub
needs. Not desirables, but supportable needs. The presented
plan also fails to present any cost factors and financial pro formas.
What Directors Unger and Paulsen have presented appears
to be incomplete and childish. For instance, they state that the fire
department needs upgraded facilities without specifying why and
what the exact needs are. Such as, how many square feet does the
fire department need, how many truck bays, how many rooms, and how would
the square footage be allocated? The basics man!
Such data is necessary to move forward.
Without the numbers and estimated costs, no grant application
will float. Grant funders will recognize the undeserving childishness
behind the application.
Unger with his crayons has drawn a couple of civic hub
layout sketches showing unproportional footprint rectangles for his vision.
He considers his remedial drawings to be visionary planning!
Unger and Paulsen have turned-in an incomplete document.
They are pathetically slapping each other on the back believing how great their
plan is. Yet, there is no plan. Their submission lacks actionable
criteria to strategically follow.
In business, a strategic plan is usually organized by a
committee. As the committee members are the most knowledgeable of
the plan, the committee is usually responsible for the plan's implementation.
The CSD board dismissed its committee at its December 2020, board meeting.
Obviously, by the plan's acceptance by the entire CSD board,
the other three CSD board members are also clueless and lack an understanding
of what a strategic plan should be.
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