To The Daily Sun,
I have personally wrestled with what I am about to write since I attended an informational meeting on a warrant article at the Sanbornton Town Office on the evening of Feb 22. There was a follow-up front page article in the Sun on the 23rd.
The article opened with an account of a terrible life-threatening equine accident experienced by Jackie Riendeau, Jan. 1, on the property of a neighborhood church. A representative of the Fire Department stated in an interview by the Sun that there were no witnesses to the accident. I was one of several folks who either witnessed the accident and/or the actions that led up to the accident.
Jackie Riendeau stated in her emotional testimony, at the meeting on the 22nd, the EMTs were on the scene in seven minutes. I know that Jackie was not cognizant while she lay there waiting for the ambulance so she did not know how long it actually took. The fact is, (I verified with the 911 caller who timed the duration from hang up to arrival) it was 23 minutes. I am certain that Jackie had no intention of misleading anyone. She was simply repeating what she was told.
During the meeting the question was asked, in regards to the demand of EMT service during the summer months, "How many people are there in Sanbornton during the summer months?" The town clerk said 10,000. Now, can you even imagine the traffic jams in Sanbornton, a population of 2,977 (2014 figures) growing to 10,000 in June, July and August? I asked the manager of the transfer station about the increase in trash during June, July and August. He said there was no significant increase. Where does all the trash produced by 10,000 people end up? Maybe the town clerk meant 10,000 people as a collective number even though she didn't clarify? 500/week for 12 weeks is 6,000? I could accept that. If so, that would mean 3,300 people on average June through August. That would justify the jump from an average of 19 calls per month from September to May to 23 calls per month June through August (county statistics).
We need to be able to trust.
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