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CCFD Reps. Say they were Blocked at Closed Door Meeting

Fred Gralinksi of the Central Coventry Citizens Taskforce, said the meeting was an opportunity for officials to talk about carving up the CCFD responsibilities and spreading them to the other three fire districts in town.

Representatives for the Central Coventry Fire District said they were refused an opportunity to comment during a closed-door meeting between town officials and representatives from other fire districts in Coventry Monday night.

In a release, Fred Gralinksi of the Central Coventry Citizens Taskforce, said the meeting was an opportunity for officials to talk about carving up the CCFD responsibilities and spreading them to the other three fire districts in town.

Gralinski, also chairman of the CCFD, and vice-chairman Marie Baker were present to represent the CCFD taxpayers and fire district residents, but were told by Town Council President Gary Cote and State Representative Scott Guthrie that they “are not permitted to represent the District in this meeting,” the release stated.

Gralinski and Baker were two of seven new CCFD board members elected in Coventry in June. Gralinski was subsequently elected chairman, and Baker vice –chairman. 

“CCFD taxpayers voted four times in the last year to reject excessive fire district budgets, and now, despite a court-ordered liquidation, Council president Cote and State Representative Guthrie are trying to find a way to extend the status quo, and eliminate anyone with an opposing view.

“This is simply a case of certain interests in Coventry out to pick over the bones,”  Gralinski said. “There is no intention to consider the voice of CCFD taxpayers, or consider alternatives to carving up the district.

“Carving up the CCFD and assigning parts of its geographic responsibility will only pass on to other Coventry taxpayers the horrific expenses this fire district committed itself to.

“Instead of embracing the opportunity to bring CCFD’s exorbitant costs under control, the Town Council under Mr. Cote is looking to spread the expense among other fire districts in town, with the taxpayers having no say in the process.

“We know costs can be brought down, but at every turn, taxpayers face off against firefighter union leadership unwilling to accept the fact that there is no money left.

“Safety can be assured through a new charter which provides the ability for more efficient emergency services, and more efficient fire services. But as it is right now, the only voice the Town Council is listening to is that of firefighter leadership. So long as that continues, fire services in Coventry will continue to lead the state,” Gralinski said.

Another Taxpayer March 10, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Gem, post a list of businesses that don't pay and people who actually pay their taxes can boycott those establishments. I saw last year that my old favorite coffee shop on Tiogue Ave. has been in arrears for years. I haven't gone there since. Honest people will respond when they know these things. That business is not hurting in any way shape or form financially, they just don't want to pay what they owe. So don't give them any more of your hard earned money either.
Gem101 March 10, 2014 at 07:58 PM
I like to support business in my town but, you are right SD I have to shop in WW an WG because these businessmen and women won't pay their taxes to CCFD so they don't get my money. Second to post the names I believe is against the patch agreement but, the Town of coventry has all the delinquent taxpayers.I know here on the patch they did have the list of those delinquent.
DBB March 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM
http://coventry.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/ccfd-tax-office-releases-lists-of-delinquent-taxpayers
Another Taxpayer March 11, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Thank you
Ralph Nahigian March 11, 2014 at 07:30 AM
@mad Hatter, We all interpret comments in our own way. Mine was to show others who believe that the FF's of CCFD are just greedy and care only about themselves and not the Tax payers (As they put it) are wrong. It was a comment to show respect. interpret it as you may however.

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