Take time to ask questions
To the Editor:
I would like to publicly thank Chief Chase and Chief Carter for taking the time at town meetings to educate the public on how the public cuts will affect the Town of Rumford.
The community being informed is the only way to get this budget to pass. The public must understand having no budget ties the hands of these departments. It will be a trickledown effect.
The winter roads budget has taken a large hit, I feel due to Mr. Russell, the highway foreman, who does not even have the proper license to drive the equipment he manages due to: a. not being involved in these public forums; and b. that the public was not informed at all on the impact of the cuts in employees at the garage.
Being involved takes more than just showing up and saying, "we will do what we can" when asked about the impact of cuts. If you think you waited too long for your roads to be plowed last winter, having manpower cut will make that time even longer this year.
In town, plow trucks will not have a wingman anymore. Not having wingmen will add even more to the already stressed routes, and schools will be closed more often due to bad roads.
A concern of mine, having a child who is a high school student. Why Mr. Russell did not stand up and vouch for his men shows his lack of competence and willingness to fight for the safety of the town. In my book, this is poor management.
Accidents mean the police and fire may need to respond. Cuts in these areas will delay response.
Either way you vote, do it from "you" making up your own mind. Not hopping on the bandwagon with the loudest people yelling to cut, cut, cut! Think for yourself.
Ask questions. Go to public meetings. If you feel you need to vote "no," do as such, but do it from educated facts, not out of spite. I encourage the public to pass the public and start rebuilding. Vote "yes."