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Cook sets up shop at AV Town Hall

APPLE VALLEY • Congressman-Elect Paul Cook is establishing his new district office at Apple Valley Town Hall.

The 1,302-square-foot space in the main Town Hall area includes two offices, a secretarial station, a storage room and a small conference room. It is the first time that a U.S. Congress district office has been located in the High Desert, according to a town news release.

Cook’s staff will take possession of the space starting Jan. 3 under an agreement approved by the Town Council.

“Partnering with the town of Apple Valley is a great opportunity to provide quality service and convenience to Victor Valley residents,” Cook, R-Yucca Valley, said in a statement. “Public officials need to find ways to reduce the cost of government while still providing the high level of service taxpayers deserve, and I think opening an office in the Apple Valley Town Hall building achieves that laudable goal.”

District 8 covers the entire High Desert, as well as Highland, Yucaipa, the San Bernardino Mountains and both Mono and Inyo counties.

Apple Valley Mayor Curt Emick greeted the news.

“We are delighted that Congressman-Elect Cook has chosen the High Desert region for his home base,” Emick said in a prepared statement, “and especially glad to welcome him to Town Hall.”

The space was previously occupied by the town manager’s department. Those staff members are relocating to the Development Services Building adjacent to Town Hall.

Constituents of the Congressman will be able to visit during normal business hours. Services include providing assistance with government agencies and information about legislation under consideration.

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