To the edi­tor

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

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.

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