To The Daily Sun,
Warrant Article 30 has become a hot topic on our Gilmanton ballot this year, so please come out to vote on Tuesday, March 11.
For the last several months the vacant FF/EMT-I position has been filled by part-time employees. Because we have such a high turnover of full-time employees, the selectmen have come to realize this is a great savings to the town as we are no longer paying for benefits or retirement.
Safety and services will not be compromised. When you call 9-1-1 the persons responding to your emergency still have the very same qualifications that full-time employees have. The only difference is you will be paying a lot less for the same service.
We have looked at all departments equally and have made some cost-saving adjustments without cutting services. The only department to balk has been the Fire Department, and instead of being reasonable they had a petition warrant article (#30) put on the ballot and are using scare tactics as a way to circumvent the recommendation by the Board of Selectmen.
This is in no way an attack on the Fire Department. We are attempting to save money in places that do not affect services or employees, and this is one way to accomplish it. It would be a lot easier to say "yes" to all the departments' requests, but this is the time to say "no." My job as your selectman is to be frugal with your tax dollar, and it is up to you, the voter, to decide if you want to support our efforts.
Please support your selectmen and vote "no" on Article 30. As one of your selectmen, you have my assurance this will not negatively affect the services provided by our Fire Department.
Selectman Brett Currier