Community Editor Samantha Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
The department responded to 36 calls last week.
10:04 am on Friday, October 5, 2012
$6,000,000 million a year to operate CCFD...
that equals $115,385 per week
$3,205 per call this past week.
10:35 am on Friday, October 5, 2012
Makes you sick when you break it down. The major problem is they continue to over spend their budget. To the great and all powerful Seltzer who promoted and mis-managed the merger, dont let the door hit you as you scurry away. That guy should be ashamed of how he ran things here. I wont even call him chief. Proof is in the numbers. The guy is a coward in my book
11:16 am on Friday, October 5, 2012
Fred, you have no idea what you are talking about. All 4 Districts that merged would have been charging taxes through the roof in order to survive as they were. If you were to calculate today's taxes at the rate the taxes were going up in the old Districts, Central Coventry would have been $2.30 to $2.40; Washington would have been $2.50 to $2.60; Harris would have been $3.00; and Tiogue would have been $2.80 to $2.90. Your tax rate for the last 2 years has been $1.82. If you would like to discuss the facts any further and how much more professional your fire department is, call me at Smithfield FD Headquarters, 949-1330. Further, there is much more that the fire department does for the community that creates cost, besides responding to alarms. Also, I brought in $1.8 million dollars in grant money to CCFD during my tenure and I brought in $250,000 of grant money to the Town of Coventry. Tell me what other Coventry public safety officials pulled off such grant monies for the town? I have always had an open door policy and always will as a public official. If you really care, investigate the facts instead of making wild accusations.
12:11 pm on Friday, October 5, 2012
Thanks for clearing that up Chief. I agree the merger saved $$. We should merge the Town and maybe append WW.
My point was merely to highlight the cost.
However, I do think more could be done (and could have been done on your watch) to reign in salaries and benefits given the economy and what other communities have sacrified. I also believe that a lot of time is spent on non FD duty related activities by staff while on FD time with no disciplinary action by management. The lack of personnell management in that arena is concerning. I am certain personal, political, and business activities are conducted on a regular basis. (Car washing, Car Repair, Emails, Facebook, Scheduling estimates, billing, etc.).
12:55 pm on Friday, October 5, 2012
I do not disagree. I worked with the direction from the Board and the contracts that were in place. I made some suggestions on certain issues, but the final say lies with the Board of Directors, not the Chief. I am not going to say that everything went perfect or that I was the perfect chief, but you have a much better organized fire department and more efficient operating department created by the consolidation. It is a young department! Now is the time to make it financially stronger (which can be done) and move on with providing good public safety. You have a great group of guys and gals working for you and there is much talent among them. You are very fortunate to receive such a high level of service. (As far as car washing, car repairs, etc., I had issued a written order against such quite a while back. e-mails, facebook, etc., I am not sure how you control, but I will assure you that I never let that come first before before the duties of the department.)
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