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Closing of west side fire station angers resident

Register • Apr 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I was surprised to read that despite pleas from West Side residents, the city commissioners would not change their minds regarding closing the Venice Road Fire Station. But then, should we be surprised?

Not really, since not one of the commissioners lives on the West Side of the city.

I think it is very sad that the vote for closing was unanimous. In other words, not one commissioner stood up for the West Side area.

So it is obvious that the welfare of not only the residents of the West Side, but also the businesses, nursing homes, factories and school mean nothing to the commissioners.

But I am sure you will want votes from the West End residents when you are up for re-election. These businesses are in operation 12 months out of the year, not just during the winter months. The months of May through October are the busiest months of the year, and yet that is when our fire protection will be at risk. Who came up with such a bone-headed idea?

Many years ago, when the West Side was annexed to the city, the residents were promised (by the city) a fire station to protect them. That is why the station on Venice Road was built.

Yes, commissioners, there are still residents who live on the West End that remember that promise. Now that promise is being negated — what a shame. How can we feel protected when the response time will be longer? Your refusal to use emergency funds is shameful.

A person’s life is priceless. And yet the commissioners seem to have put a price on the lives of the West End residents, and that price is non-negotiable. How sad.

— Susanne Lemert


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