The Newberry CSD chatter was again physically draining at the
March 23, 2021, monthly board meeting as there was so much busy
A highlight of the meeting came after a long discussion
over acquiring shipping containers to be used as temporary housing for
visiting firefighter trainees.
Newly seated CSD director Margie Roberts had an erupting
idea that shipping containers could also be used as inexpensive buildings
for the CSD's proposed new Civic Hub.
Jack Unger, the director in charge of the Civic
Hub development, immediately seized upon the brain-fart idea as marvelous.
Build the new CSD Civic Hub with inexpensive shipping containers.
I had humorously quipped in a previous blog about
not being surprised if Director Unger would consider trailers but
I didn't go low enough to consider used shipping containers.
The Daggett CSD building is made up of old mobile units that
were originally used for SoCal Edison's Solar One Information Center.
After the Center's closure, the mobile units were donated and moved to Daggett.
But for Newberry Springs, we may be now scrapping below the bottom of the barrel.
After shining the spotlight upon himself by proposing
a modern Civic Hub with new CSD offices, a new fire station, community assembly
room, adjacent commercial structures for rental purposes, an adjacent park,
...and more, Jack Unger is now waking up that he and the CSD don't have
Jack-be-quick also doesn't know how to acquire the funds.
So, with reality settling in, Jack Unger is downsizing and looking foolish.
Perhaps the CSD can apply to FEMA and acquire some of
President Biden's infrastructure stimulus money. The current CSD
community building is a seismic disaster waiting to happen and the
federal government is looking for places to spend their coffers from
It is one thing to fix up some containers for temporary
overnight fire students but our community's volunteer fire guys deserve
a better fire station facility. The citizens also deserve a
better meeting hall.
Why can't our CSD directors think straight?
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