I want to thank the reporter from the Payson Roundup for her attendance and factual account of the events regarding the dispute between the Beaver Valley Fire Department Board and the Houston Mesa Fire Department.
As reported in your paper, petitions for support of an agreement with Houston Mesa Fire Department have been signed by 80 residents and property owners in Beaver Valley. Numerous letters approving continuing an agreement with Houston Mesa Fire Department have been submitted.
Beaver Valley has five volunteers from HMFD who live in Beaver Valley including one paramedic, and four emergency medical technicians. This is the reason medical responses have been excellent. This fact would appear to be the first concern of community residents, many of whom are retirees. These HMFD volunteers have chosen to retain their involvement with HMFD presumably because they have confidence in their fire chief, Frank Hanson and other members of this fire department.
What appears to be a very fair proposal for continuing service was offered by HMFD at a meeting Feb. 5. Mediator John Nelson from the Gila County Board of Supervisors appeared to approve of this proposal as being in the best interests of the Beaver Valley Fire Department and the Houston Mesa Fire Department. This proposal has yet to be approved by the Beaver Valley Fire Department Board.
Hopefully, reason and common sense will prevail over the present personality aspirations and conflicts that now exist and result in what is the best solution for Beaver Valley community residents.
Joyce Lynch, Beaver Valley Resident and Property Owner