To The Daily Sun,
We would like to respond to Representative Burchell's letter which responded to a Dec 18 letter from Meg Hempel. There are many issues in his letter that should be clarified.
First it should be noted that Meg Hempel is not the wife of the fire chief and since her letter concerned only the county commissioners' statements, there was no need for her to identify herself as being related to the fire chief. The fire chief was not the topic of her letter, but only the reaction of the selectmen to the presentation by the County Commission.
At the selectmen's meeting on Monday Dec 16, the selectmen were rude in their speech and body language. We agree with the statement of the fact that one selectman was in fact rude in keeping his hat on during the meeting, which is his regular practice. His demeanor is one of total disrespect.
With regard to the Fire Department and the chief, in that discussion the selectmen, led by one in particular, are creating problems where none exist. They are attempting to micromanage the Fire Department when that is not their responsibility. They refer to past chiefs' performances, which are irrelevant in 2013.
We feel that the Firemen's Association had every right to arrange to be on the selectmen's agenda and speak to the issue of the "working chief" that affects them quite a bit. They are a team and that's what they need to be to do their job. That cohesiveness is being disrupted by selectmen trying to interfere where they are not needed.
The selectmen have even proposed a warrant article defining the chief's duties. In our experience, when you hire someone to do a job, you give them the tools and then let them do the job. This warrant article should be defeated by the Gilmanton voters if it is presented at the election on March 11, 2014.
As you can see, there are many issues involved here and Gilmanton taxpayers need to be informed.
Frank & Joanne Gianni
Gilmanton Iron Works