Thursday May 23, 2013
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It truly makes no sense to get rid of a Fire Marshal that is extremely qualified and does an excellent job and then hire outside consultants to do his job. I can not help but wonder who these people are that are living in the area, what their qualifications are, what type of training they have and most importantly how much are they going to cost. Pat you are correct in saying that the Fire Marshal position is not a part-time job.
There should be a valve on the hydrant that measures the amount of water being used. It would be easy to tell just by looking at t he hydrant(s) that the trucks are filling from.
Was there an answer as to why they are hauling water? Perhaps for the construction on the new pipeline? It would be interesting to know. When i worked for Tucson Water any company that used water from a fire hydrant had to have a Construction Water Permit. Also there was a special valve placed on the hydrant that would measure the amount of water taken out of the hydrant.
So where are all of the readers of this blog? I am surprised no one has posted any reply on here. These 2 items being considered by the Town Council will affect not only the citizens of Payson but property as well. If the Reserve Program for Paid on Call Firefighters is done away with there will be a shortage of firefighters to respond to calls when regular crews are off duty. If there is a catastrophic fire. These men and women already work 48 hour shifts and are they to be expected to work 72 hour shifts? People need to wake up and let our Mayor and Town Council know that it is not acceptable to get rid of this vital part of Public Safety for the residents of Payson. You can never say well it won't happen to me because it can and does everyday across the U.S.
I too was very upset over the last budget meeting. I do not understand why the Mayor has decided to ask for the Fire Marshall position to be done away with. It is a very important and vital rank in the Fire Service for Payson. Getting rid of the Reserve program is also a big mistake as far as I am concerned. By eliminating both of these the Town of Payson will be taking a huge step backwards. They want growth but who will be here to decide the growth is done correctly and codes are followed and enforced? Payson is far better off with a person like Robert Lockhart as our Fire Marshall. He has extensive knowledge and experience and he strives to do his job with the utmost professionalism to keep the citizens of Payson safe. I certainly hope that the Town Council does not follow the recommendations and keeps Robert Lockhart here. The people of Payson need to come together and voice their concern over any decision that will affect their safety and their lives.
If they are having to pay to maintain the buildings year round, why could they not be used to house the homeless students? A type of shelter could be set up there and with a kitchen, dining area and bathrooms it would be an ideal place. Off course there would have to be some type of adult caretaker(s) to live there also and oversee the day to day operations. Just my thoughts for usage of a building that has set empty for too long.
I have to agree with the Game and Fish officer about it not being a coincidence with so many of them being found dead.I have lived in the area for many many years and have never heard of this many dying in one spot before. Well other than the car vs elk accident on 260 when a driver plowed into a herd of them and killed numerous elk. They are magnificent animals and are wonderful to watch. Something is making them sick and causing their demise. And as Game and Fish Officials stated in the article whether it is intentional or unintentional something is causing this. The elk, deer and javelina have eaten plants out of people's yards for many many years not just this year. It will be interesting to see what is the outcome of this mystery will be.
This is the most sickening story I have read. To think that someone could be poisoning these majestic beautiful animals because they chose to build their home in the animals back yard. If they indeed have been poisoned could the poison be carried down the food chain to other animals that would eat the dead animals carcasses? If it is true I hope that the officials catch the person(s) responsible and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. What kind of disturbed person would even consider doing this?
I remember the $1 million dollars that was found. However I tried to search the archives and could not find an article with the information.
Does anyone else remember a few years back when the helicopter was drawing water to fight one of the blazes down by Roosevelt and the land owner shot at it? And yes they do pay the ranchers or anyone else for the water they draw off of their lands.
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