Sunday April 20, 2014
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The bedroom in your home is not a commercial building! That is like comparing apples to oranges.
I agree with you Pat 100%.
I knew that this Town council and Mayor would never adopt any code. That is not their main concern. This Town Council (most of them) and Mayor are not interested in even hearing what the professionals that know the codes and have studied them for years recommendations are. If developers want narrower driveways in developments the wand is waved and it is a done deal! Never mind that fire apparatus can not drive safely into that development. Case in point the loss of the firefighter in the valley that was trapped and crushed between emergency vehicles. And the list goes on and on and on. This is just one for instance. And if the present Town council did accept the Fire Code as is it would be changed immediately suit the first developer that asks!
What a wonderful use of taxpayers dollars!!! Our government should immediately stop benefits to the people who are making these type of transactions!
If anyone has ever heard of the Gladiator Fire which affected the community of Crown King? Almost 10,000 acres were burned by this fire in 2012. The cause of this inferno? A structure fire.
the Mayor stating that he had never heard of a structure fire spreading and causing a forest fire? In 2012 embers from a structure fire in Prescott ignited brush and 300 yards away and burnt 1.5 acres. Multiple fire agencies were called in because of limited water resources in the area. Also in 2012 Arizona had a large wildfire of almost 10,000 acres that affected the community of Crown King that was started by a structure fire. There are many more incidents of structure fires igniting wildfires but I put these two on here because they both occurred in areas much like Payson. It does happen and it can happen and God Forbid it ever happens here in Payson.
It is apparent that this Town council and Mayor do not have the citizens of Payson first in their priorities. They have repeatedly sided with the developers in changing the fire codes and/or basically doing away with them because the developer wants to do something that does not follow the codes. If they do not listen to the Fire Officials that have years of training and experience in the area then it is time for a change. The people of Payson need to present a united front and tell this town council and Mayor what is important to them.
The reason that codes are in place is because of significant property loss and/or deaths have occurred and not just the public but also of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line just doing their job. Anita Christy if it was your husband, son or son in law or another family member that put his life on the line just doing the job would you have this same opinion? This town council and mayor have repeatedly changed and done away with Fire Codes because builders/developers have asked them to so that they could build here in Payson. It is a disturbing trend as far as I am concerned.
I would like to see the $$$ amounts for each of the fire departments budget showing the salaries being paid for administrative staff. No one has ever printed that information and I think it would bring a lot of light to this whole situation. I know one department complains of budget woes and yet they are building a new station! There is an awful lot of information that needs to be brought to the public aka Taxpayers who will ultimately be the ones most affected by this JPA.
It has been reported that Mr. Voden has on several occasions used a firearm in to threaten or intimidate people. At one time he attended a Payson Town Council Meeting and drew what looked like a weapon (turned out it was just a wooden gun that used rubber bands) at a member of the Town Council! Is this considered acceptable or normal behavior? And now he has shot an unarmed man. not once, not twice but four times! My question is when I saw Mr. Voden he was at the hospital by himself. While I realize he has the right to seek medical care for himself I just wonder what precautions are in place to prevent him from obtaining another firearm from someone? To me this is very disturbing since it seems that he has a penchant for having altercations involving this type of weapon.
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