Comments to the Town Council

After reviewing the recent state auditor report on the City of Maywood, I would remind the Town Council you are not insulated from personal liability when you fail properly to exercise your “fiduciary duties.” Concerned citizens have pointed out numerous problems, errors, omissions, and failures in various financial reports, which nevertheless have gained unanimous council approval with neither discussion nor correction.

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Letter: Oversimplified? (Bell)

Two frequent Apple Valley proponents for transparency from our inept Town Council failed to mention that Pat Orr is one of the prime supporters; the insiders who are responsible for their continued re-election. As to the organization chart, prior to the hiring of the new Town Manager, the entire job descriptions of the total unnecessary upper-level layer of assistant managers was rewritten so as to justify the positions they hold but to also give some of them huge raises in salary.

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Inessential vs. essential

Let’s look at recent projects undertaken by the Town of Apple Valley: The Yucca Loma Bridge, purchase of the Hilltop House, running a mile or so of unusable purple water line, extending the otherwise neglected Bear Valley bike path by a few feet, paving the Mojave River walking path, micro-surfacing select roadways to make them look better for a few weeks, and retrofitting town parks with rubber pellets that even the Town claims create “health and environmental hazards” and are a “fire hazard […] contaminating the surface and groundwater.”

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