In any important engineering project, which Steam Pump Ranch really is, there are several important steps:
Proposal, pre-feasibility study (+/- 30 percent) and a feasibility study (+/- 15 percent). Each of these studies requires an increasing and rigorous degree of certainty based on detailed information. While the 1988 study (note: not plan) is a start, the proposal, as presented by Mr. Zinkin, is a long way to a final project. Vice Mayor Waters was therefore correct in his comment at the council meeting. On the other hand, the comments of councilman Gardner “ …first earmark the money. You cannot really have a plan if you do not have the financial backing” underscores the lack of understanding of project evaluation. Had I gone to my board and told them “please give me $10 million dollars and then I will give you a mine plan”, I would have been unceremoniously dismissed.
Please have the committee bring in the necessary specialists to evaluate the costs and benefits of the various options in the proposed plan:
Costs: leave the house as-is, demolish the second floor, landscape the property, build an equestrian center.
Benefits: visitor center (will need operating funds), receptions, other activities (will require funds for a manager).
While the Steam Pump Ranch is a unique and historical project for Oro Valley, let the “new” committee evaluate the true cost and benefits (with actual $), so that council can really fund the project and not have the committee come back later to the council and request more funds because of a poorly designed project
Ihor A. Kunasz,