After listening to the joke of a budget meeting recently; I would again like to say an estimate I calculated shows the town did not save anything by cutting the fire marshal. Yes it was an estimate, but I certainly can show how more money could be saved, if some assistants to assistants were cut rather than the fire marshal.
It is extremely sad to know Bob Lockhart has been cut from the fire department. Not only as the fire marshal, but as an individual.
I really do not know who or how you will replace him, or his knowledge and compassion.
Personally, I think the town council could look at what would be beneficial to keeping the town thriving, rather than to cut such a position as a fire marshal. Looked like to me that was very well planned, long before the meeting started. I certainly hope the people see this and make changes when it is time for election. You know most towns this size the council is elected/but not paid ... Oh, there is something to look at.
Bob, you are an inspiration, in rough times and in good. Doing your job is not easy and even when you were in tough times as a professional you still did your job properly and professionally. Hats off to you, sir!
May everyone realize that having a contracted person do an inspection will never do the job that promotes safety to employees, the people of this town, and the fire department. I hope they realize what they are losing.
As far as revenue in this town — this Western Heritage — historical town could thrive again. An easy solution: cover the event center, lower the rent and get volunteers to staff it so it does not cost money to pay your employees overtime to work it. I am sure you can find someone or individuals to cover that facility ... money can be made.
It was a moneymaker long before you decided to move the arena from the Rumsey Park area. That’s a fact, not fabrication.
Our historical value and events were fun ... moneymakers and well worth the time.