Officials at Antelope Valley College decided Monday to drop a controversial plan to spend more than $10,000 in public funds to help the nephew of a Lancaster city councilman erect a wall around a private apartment complex he is building.
The 3-0 decision by the college's Board of Trustees reverses a vote two weeks ago under which the college would have split the cost of the 1,248-foot-long wall with developer Dennis Pursley, whose Woodbridge Apartments border on college property.
The board's reversal came after The Times reported that Pursley--whose uncle is Lancaster Councilman William Pursley, a part owner in the project--had been required by the city to build a 5-foot-high wall as a condition for approval of the 70-unit project in 1985.
College officials originally had recommended the agreement to the Board of Trustees without mentioning that city requirement. College officials said they were unaware of it. Such requirements are commonly imposed on apartment developers.