Bill, this title grossly misleads your readers, and shows your potential lack of knowledge of what was on the village board agenda. Or was the intention to mislead? The study is not to confirm the need for a fire station; it is to determine the best location for a future new fire station. Richfield does not have a Fire Department. Richfield residents are served by the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company, (RVFC). A private company which serves the village and other local municipalities to provide fire and rescue services.
Richfield’s not-so-anonymous blogger is at it again. As the all-knowing, all-seeing deity, our queen bashes anyone who would dare question our village’s plans for expansion. It seems the queen has held up well to recent and former personal bashing and will continue to do so. Again "village’s plans for expansion " is a misleading statement as there is no plan for an expansion but a future plan to replace the small building on Hwy 164 which is totally inadequate for the future safety needs of Richfield.
The problem is that smaller government/lower tax folks like me are more conservative than our village’s big-government politicians and their pals, so that makes us the evil enemy. Talk about bashing? There is hardly any village with a smaller staff in Washington County or surrounding counties than Richfield. Richfield has only 5 elected board members, other villages/cities in Washington County have 7 and some have 9 elected board members. Oh poor boy, an evil enemy? Not! Just a group that puts out distortions rather than the facts. But someone just might call that an evil enemy.
Speaking for myself, I served two terms as County Board supervisor and was known as the “tax killer” because of my refusal to vote for legislation that increased taxes or wasted taxpayer money. I was also the cofounder of Washington County Conservative Citizens, one of our area’s taxpayer advocacy groups. I know how government works on the inside and what “studying” how big to make our new Fire Department building potentially means. If Bill and his pals are so knowledgeable and conservative why do they not volunteer to be a member of the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company. He and his pals would know more and not write such drivel.
As about 75 percent of voters sat home on Election Day, it would seem a safe bet this group can do whatever it wants but it fear of those apathetic voters motivates them to quash dissent. If taxpayers become educated on the issues, Richfield’s big government types might not get re-elected. Now that’s fear. Can it be that Bill is speaking down to voters in Richfield? Do Richfield voters need to be educated? Dare he say that? The outcome of the election showed that Richfield voters were informed of the lies and distortions of the orange flyers and chose to vote as informed voters.
We are “studying” how big to make our new Fire Department building all the while saying “but we have not decided to build it.” Again, no, the study is not how big but where is the best location for the station. Again, yes, RVFC needs to plan for the future safety needs of Richfield citizens, like Bill. I am not opposed to Richfield having a full-time Fire Department but justifying it with 10-year-old data from prerecession economy is not due diligence. Did Bill really say " I am not opposed to a full time fire department." ? Does he know how much a full time staff would cost taxpayers? Currently Germantown Fire Department has a personnel budget (3 full time, plus 1 full time Fire chief, plus part-time staff equaling 2 full time staff and additional paid on call volunteers) of $1 million per year. The RVFC personnel budget is about $250,000, (2 full time and 1 part time plus paid on call volunteers). That is a huge savings of $750,000 per year. Source: Village of Germantown budget. Three years of this and the new fire station would be paid for. So much for Bill being a tax killer. Does he really speak with facts?
Commonsense says first you decide what level of service is necessary then decide what facilities are required to fulfill that need. Doing otherwise looks like the decision to have a fulltime Fire Department has already been made and this is just one of the steps to achieve the desired result. Common sense tells one not to waste taxpayer money on a second facilities study to determine the same outcomes. Again stating "otherwise looks like the decision to have a fulltime Fire Department has already been made" shows Bill had not heard the RVFC Chief Terry Kohl state "we want to continue the volunteer company as long as people are willing to be members of the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company."
Guess I am off the Christmas card list again this year. That is the best humor in this entire letter.
Bill Meyers Richfield