By Ron Munden
By Ron Munden – October 29, 2018
Its almost official. For years City Staff has painted a rosy picture of the status of the MCH renovation project and the current City Commissioners along with other commissioners have been eating it up like peach ice cream – never taking the time to ask any hard questions. The current City Commissioners have spent most of their time patting themselves on the back and telling people how great a job the City is doing managing the project. It’s been a good run for bowing and hand waving, but it looks like the chickens are about to come home to roost.
Last Thursday night Acting City Manager Jack Redman came very close to saying, “The MCH project is behind schedule and there is going to be a cost overrun.”
Commissioner Calhoun said something to the effect, ” If there is a cost overrun, who will pay for the cost over-run?”
Mr. Redmon said, “The City.” I assume he means the City’s general fund.
The current City Commissioners have already cut the street maintenance budget to give the city employees a big pay raise and include money in the 2019 budget for a bike trail and a splash pool. Where will the money come from to cover the MCH cost overrun? Will the street maintenance budget take another hit? Will water bills go up again?
How bad are the problems?
On September 12, 2018, I wrote an article titled, “OPINION: ARE THE MARSHALL CITY COMMISSIONERS ABOUT TO VIOLATE ONE OF THEIR OWN ORDINANCES?”.
The article discussed Ordinance Section 2-12. This ordinance requires that at least 25% of the city sales taxes be spent on street maintenance. I pointed out that if the City Commissioners approved the proposed 2019 city budget without repealing Section 2-12, the City Commissioners would be violating their own ordinance.
I left town before the meeting but I understand that there was a public outcry against repealing Section 2-12 so the City Commissioners did not repeal the ordinance, but they did pass a 2019 budget that did violate Section 2-12.
So, the answer to the question above appears to be – yes, the commissioners did violate their own ordinance.
Fast forward 6 weeks.
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By Ron Munden – October 22, 2018
Today there is lots of talk about 7000 immigrants from Central America walking through Mexico and headed to the U.S. border. People are afraid these people are coming to take our jobs. Fortunately, the President has promised to protect our jobs from these invaders.
I am confident that this nation will get through this event and it will have no significant impact on the citizens of this country.
These are not the invaders that concern me. The invaders that concern me will be coming by the millions and will have a major impact on American jobs. They will change society from what we have today.
The invaders that concerns me are ROBOTS. I fear that we are a nation that is not preparing for impact of the robot invasion.
By Ron Munden
The Point Reyes peninsula is a well defined area, geologically separated from the rest of Marin County and almost all of the continental United States by a rift zone of the San Andreas Fault, about half of which is sunk below sea level and forms Tomales Bay. The fact that the peninsula is on a different tectonic plate than the east shore of Tomales Bay produces a difference in soils and therefore to some extent a noticeable difference in vegetation.
The small town of Point Reyes Station, although not actually located on the peninsula, nevertheless provides most services to it, though some services are also available at Inverness on the west shore of Tomales Bay. The even smaller town of Olema, about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Point Reyes Station, serves as the gateway to the Seashore and its visitor center, located on Bear Valley Road.
The peninsula includes wild coastal beaches and headlands, estuaries, and uplands. Although parts of the Seashore are commercially farmed, and parts are under the jurisdiction of other conservation authorities, the National Park Service provides signage and seeks to manage visitor impact on the entire peninsula and virtually all of Tomales Bay. The Seashore also administers the parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation area, such as the Olema Valley, that are adjacent to the Seashore.
Take a look at the photos.
I am often very critical of Marshall but sometimes I see things that reminded me that it is not all bad. Today was one of those days.
Today I photographed the Cason Westmoreland Box Car Derby. This even demonstrates hat is good about small town America. I saw many men and women working hard and having fun while raising money for a good cause. Congratulations to the organizers of the event and those individuals that worked to ensure it was a success.
Take a look at the photos.
By Ron Munden — firstname.lastname@example.org — October 16, 2018
On August 27, 20i8 I wrote an article titled “Marshall Can’t”. In the article I listed items that Marshall continually failed to accomplish. Today I add another item to the list of things that Marshall just can’t seem to do – HIRE A CITY MANAGER.
Of course, this problem is entirely the responsibility of the current City Commission. The City Commission’s work on this task has been done in the dark and to my knowledge the City Commission has not provided periodic updates to the public on their progress. I think I know why. There has been very little progress.