To the editor
I believe that the closing of the fire station near Lac Lovering is a grave injustice to the people in the area. To my knowledge the mayor has not sent notices to the principal residences of the 1700 taxpayers involved, are we not worth a stamp. Or are they not proud of what they are doing and want as few people as possible to know what is being done until it is too late.
The fire chief has stated that they can arrive in our area with the trucks in less than 15 minutes nine times out of ten. There is a bridge and a railway track on the fastest route by the Georgeville Road.
What happens if the train is passing or if we have snow What happens when the main street and the Georgeville road are jammed with tourists
Could it cause a loss of life to one or more of the residents
At present the number 1 2 fire stations are 3.7 K apart and very near town. Fire station 3 is 8.7 K from the corner of Mary and Main Street.
Would it not make more sense to close the fire station number 2 and have the fire station 3 staffed with fire fighters and equipment that would be across the train tracks and closer to the Lac Lovering area.
This would be a more expensive solution but could save lives and property damage. They will save about $70,000 a year with the closure and cost the affected tax payers in the area hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in extra insurance premiums. My insurance premiums will go up $450 a year plus tax.
What is galling is that they announced grants of $196,500 to different companies and associations in the same paper where the closure was announced. They also plan to subsidi e the painting of the facades of the buildings on Main Street. All of this will be done with our tax dollars.
Hopefully the Mayor and the city councillors will rethink their plans and give us proper fire protection, the same as the rest of the citi ens of Magog.