To the Editor: Asks for report on wastewater

During the city manager comments portion of the May 1, 2019, Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Ron Strand stated that there would be two meetings with the Navy in May. A meeting on May 2 was to finalize the tentative easement agreement. A meeting on May 16 was to start discussions regarding the operations agreement.

At the May 15 council meeting, Ron stated the next meeting with the Navy would be June 3. No mention was made as to whether the May 2 meeting occurred or if any progress was made if it did occur. No mention was made regarding the May 16 meeting.

Was it canceled? Why was the next meeting pushed to June 3? A progress report needs to be more than simply the announcement of yet another meeting. It should include a statement of actual progress. A meeting should not be confused with progress. The public deserves transparency.

These discussions have been going on since 2012. While I fully appreciate the difficulties of working with the Navy, this current situation is not rational. It should not take seven years for two equally willing parties to create an easement. If anyone on the council understands the real issues, please inform the public.

During the last few weeks I have requested that the existing tentative easement agreement be released to the public. My requests have been ignored. I know no logical argument to withhold the tentative easement agreement from the public. On the other hand, there exists real justification for why it should be released to the public. If any member of the council has a rationale for keeping the agreement secret, please provide it. Otherwise, I once again request the council demonstrate transparency and honesty by releasing the tentative Navy easement agreement ASAP.

Stan Rajtora

Story First Published: 2019-05-24