The fire station issue is heating up, pardon the pun
Now the Town puts a fly in the Mayor’s ointment: They send a letter to the mayor and aldermen saying, it’s not true we aren’t interested in sharing services! In fact, they give us a free trial offer of sharing fire/EMS service “at no cost” to the city. (Be sure to check pages 3 & 4 of the letter to view the coverage maps.)
The mayor says he would need more specific details about the plan - including staffing roles and a cost analysis - before it was discussed with the Common Council.
Some skeptics might translate that: I need to figure out how I can put a negative spin on their free offer because I really want the fire stations moved! (Why he wants them moved will be covered in a future blog, Whose Master Plan are we following anyway?)
Alderman Lisa and Jerry Mellone sum up the situation beautifully on their website, "For the long term benefit of all taxpayers it is time to accept the town’s offer for a joint committee of elected officials and staff to work towards an agreement."
I could not agree more. Too bad Lisa or Jerry are not on the Human Resource and Public Safety Committee. They are meeting tomorrow (Wed. 7pm) to discuss and possibly act on the Fire/EMS Task Force’s recommendation to move the fire stations. They could approve, amend, or reject the Task Force recommendation. The committee consists of Reddin, Mahkorn, Garvens, Balzer, and Franz.
What do we have to lose by giving this shared service plan a try?
Why Mayor Speaker may end up making the fire station decision
More fire station details
City of Brookfield Fire Station Information
3 Fire sations all in a row. Really? A Want? A need? Or just illogical?
Rule #1 when studying an issue: Don't ask any questions tht you don't want the answers to!