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Yellowstone Business Partnership for Sustainable Development
“There was never any intention….”
When asked about the estimated price tag of $17,780,024.60 for the development of Dornix Park, the Big Timber city attorney, Bill Frazier was quoted in the October 9 Billings Gazette article as saying “There was never any intention to do all those things. It (the park) will probably never be much more than it is now.” If that is true, why then did the Dornix Park Citizen’s Committee (DPCC) spend approximately $87,000 which included a master plan ($47,000), an engineering study ($15,000), making existing modest improvements to the Park ($4,000) and of course, payment for supplies, parties, signs, etc. etc? (see the Big Timber city ledger at http://sweetgrassroots.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Ledger.pdf ). Most of us can think of better uses for the money.
Why is a proposed public park in a City of 1,750 people a Pilot Project for Yellowstone Business Partnership for Sustainable Development (YBP)? YBP has chosen 11 pilot projects (including Big Timber’s Dornix Park). All are located within the Greater Yellowstone Biosphere. Also see Yellowstone National Park.
Why Dornix Park? Apparently to test YBP’s new GY LEED Rating system which was developed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the US Green Building Council, and to raise YBP’s public visibility. Dornix Park was planned with YBP’s objectives in mind, NOT for the good of the Citizens of Big Timber. Why? How did this come about? Why didn’t it make big news in Big Timber? And now, why is the DPCC threatening a lawsuit against the City after being told this outrageous plan was not going to continue?
More on how we got here in a later blog.