Obviously, the people there are going through a variety of emotions right now. Quite frankly, through no fault of their own, they are losing their positions.
There are table top exercises that we have for our own events like the Herndon Festival. We practice what might go wrong there and then we have a critique of it to see what we need to work on.
We should be underway with Runnymede Park improvements, including the nature center. Actually, that project is well underway within the design and planning phases.
We were able to meet a 20- to 30-year project plan at once. It also enabled us to consolidate our operations, and being able to consolidate things under one roof is huge.
There is an emergency operations plan for the town. We update it when we need to.
The zoning ordinance is always a work in progress and is amended from time to time and will be amended in the future. After so many years of amendments you have a document that is inconsistent. At some places it contradicts itself.
The dilemma is that there was no direct contract with ICE, because that was handled through the one Bureau contract. It's possible that ICE may now want to work directly with us, but because we don't have any assurance of that, we have given every employee a notice of termination.
From an outsider's perspective I can understand it seems odd to open a new facility while another one is closing. But Red Rock is designed for a state contract.
Management immediately investigated and terminated three employees right there and then. The company does have a zero tolerance policy for conduct of that nature.
All seven council members said that if these taxes would be raised to these levels, we could do more to lower real estate taxes. This is the same theory that I was working with ... further diversification to remove the burden of taxes on homeowners.
We use the funding estimates as a place holder because we do not know what the actual cost will be until we begin building. It's not until you actually bid the project that you'll have an idea of what it's going to be and even then you many have to adjust it again.