Agenda item #6 on the agenda is, "Does the village wish to partner on a site facility assessment petition by the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company." (RVFC) As a veteran participant of other studies of this nature my experience has been the outcomes are preordained but necessary to justify the fulfillment of the desires of politicians and bureaucrats. (So is Bill saying, as a veteran participant in other studies he made decisions to fulfill his desires as a politician or bureaucrat? Is that what he did or saw when he was a County Supervisor representing Richfleld? What might he have done if he had been elected trustee? Let fire and safety services for Richfield and surrounding community residents go into disrepair? Or just foolishly do unnecessary studies and pass the decision regarding fire safety on to future elected officials?) In this particular case the April 6th, 2014 memo from Kunkel Engineering group is an example enough of the decision to construct the new fire hall. (No, this decision is to conduct a study to determine the best location of a potential fire station. Is this a similar tactic like sewer and water, to confuse Richfield residents ) The question is not if, but how big. I request the village board to vote no on this agenda item because of the following reasons
1. The meeting details by Interim Village Administrator Healy with the RVCF included the Fire Company President and Trustee Dan Neu. The participation of Mr. Neu as a representative of both the fire company and village is a conflict of interest and should have never taken place. The product of that meeting and all subsequent work, products and actions should be null and void. This is a "Do Over". (So is Bill saving your tax dollars, or wasting them on needless meeting "Do Overs"? How does his thinking show conservative thinking?)
2. Fire Chief Kohl sites a study almost 10 years old based on assumptions that are no longer valid. (So now it seems Bill is the authority to determine what assumptions are valid or not. Has he been a fire fighter?) No decision should be made until after the new Comprehensive Plan is approved and a revision to the original assumptions justifying a new fire hall are completed and submitted. (Yes Yes, Yes, wait and delay the study. Looks like that could just add more costs to taxpayers.)
3. The general vague statements such as "lack essential features that are both common and typical for a private and municipal fire department" is not justification for a project that could easily exceed $1 million. (Remember this item on the agenda is about site assessment not a new fire station. Costs are $7,000 not $1 million.) As approving this study will be de-facto approval of a very expensive project, better detailed justification is necessary. (Again, better detailed justification would be adding costs to taxpayers not saving them money at a time when only a site location is in question.)
4. The RVFC serves not only the village of Richfield but also the Town of Germantown, a portion of the Town of Polk and a portion of the Town of Erin. No mention is made of meetings with cost sharing or the impact service changes regarding these other stakeholders. (How will a study for site assessment impact other communities in regard to cost sharing or service changes? Is this point a desperate attempt to exaggerate this issue?)
5. The RVFC is a private non-profit company but tax payers are being asked to provide public money to a private entity. Taxpayers represented by the village government purchases service from the RVFC. As approving this study is de facto approval of construction (No it is not a decision for any construction. Does Bill need some lessons in comprehension? Or is he trying to beat the drum?) and while the RVFC receives the majority of its funding from the public (taxpayers) it is not justification for public funding of a private business. If there is to be such a public private partnership a full audit of the independent auditor detailing the finance and assets of the RVFC and their ability to pay 100% of the construction costs for the new fire station should be made publicly available. Missing too is the amount of dollars collected for impact fee studies. (If Bill or anyone is interested in learning the total amount currently in the Fire Company Impact Fee account, all they have to do is contact the village hall. The Village audited financial statement indicates the current balance.) No decision should not be made until a full financial disclosure is made available to the public for review.
6. The incessant growth of the villages' bureaucracy combined with the consultants assigned tasks of evaluating (potential village hall future expansion leaves little doubt that the overall scope of this project in reality will exceed any initial estimates.) (It would be nice if the village had his crystal ball.) Funding a study where the outcome is already known is a waste of scarce taxpayer dollars. As taxpayers there is little doubt that we will soon be faced with a hybrid regional TIF to fund the new Bradley Center (What does the site study have to do with the Bradley Center? Stay on point. Or is diversion your real tactic to disrupt the lives of Richfield residents again. Is this a new Sewer and Water scam?)..... (end time.) At 3 minutes time Jim had to stop reading the letter.