To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to members of the Laconia City Council:
I have been concerned about the antics of the Laconia Fire Department for sometime and the article in April 8's Laconia Sun only heightens that concern. The overtime situation and other fire department follies over the past several years can be attributed to lack of leadership on the part of the City Council and lack of strong effective management on the part of the city manager. The impression exists in the minds of many in Laconia that the fire department gets whatever it wants whenever it wants it and apparently no one can or is willing to do anything about it.
Explain to me and all your constituents why we have a shiny-new, very expensive ladder truck that can reach the sixth floor of a building in a city where there are no six story buildings (and where city rules prevent the construction of a building that high) while at the same time needed road repairs have to go through a triage process for the very worse roads to get minimum repair. Also, why do we have a brand-new, oversized, state-of-the-art firehouse while we have a tax cap in place and are constantly cutting the school budget to stay within that cap. And why are firefighters effectively getting $20,000 yearly bonuses while over 60 percent of our communities children's parents cannot afford to feed their own children. It is time for the City Council to reconsider the priority of needs of its citizens.
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