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To the editor:
Mr. Bruns, I am a Logan County tax payer and I
don't recall anyone asking me how I felt about Super Wal-Mart coming
into Lincoln. If I recall correctly this decision was made by the
Lincoln City Council.
Let's get real $1.3 million. I have a hard time swallowing this.
Yes, Lincoln Rural needs a new department but I feel they can go a
lot cheaper than this.
The trucks they say are spread out in 4 different locations.
1) 2- trucks are at the current fire house.
2) 2 trucks are in a shed behind the fire house,
3) The tanker and a pumper truck at a garage on 15th Street (1 block
away), where does the 7th truck come in? Would that be the truck in
What happens to the Broadwell Fire Station if this passes? Will it
close? Broadwell is also a taxing body for Lincoln Rural. What
happens to the response time for this little town? The volunteers
are slim down there but what is the reason for this?
Maybe keep the station in Broadwell open and since there are 4 off
duty fire fighters they can go down and get Broadwells truck. Heaven
knows you have enough people in their personal vehicles going to a
scene. So one of them can just stop and get the truck.
[to top of second column in this letter]
OK, now back to the going and getting the truck in the garage on
15th Street. What difference is it going to make if you have all the
in one spot? Guess what you still have to wait for someone to come
and get the truck! Remember there are only 2 men on duty at one
time. So this is the same case scenario. Nothing has changed. Why
not hire 1 or 2 more men? Maybe then people would go for a new fire
house cause this would cut the response time of waiting for someone
to come a get another truck.
Let's talk trucks. You did read where Lincoln Rural got the new
truck. Well, I'm not to sure this was a wise choice. Why go to
California and buy a truck made for city use and bring it out here
to use it for Rural use? Oh, yes it is Rescue 1 repeat RESCUE 1. Why
do they have to take 2 trucks to a rescue call if this truck is set
up for this purpose?
This truck had 75,000 miles on it, uses at least 3 gallons of fuel
per mile (not to say how much it actually uses while sitting idle at
a scene) and there was major repair done to it before it was brought
to Lincoln. What was this repair and will it be good enough to last
several years? Why did the top get repainted? Who paid for that?
So, in closing my family and others in the county feel $1.3 million
is to much. There are buildings out there for a lot less money then
that and will still allow for the firemen to perform there duties as
fire fighters. But, they will still only have 2 men on duty and will
still only be able to take 2 trucks on first response.
(Posted Oct. 28, 2006)
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