matt | October 7, 2009
5 years ago, the people of the town of Providence, NY, voted down a proposed new centrally located fire station. After the vote, the public stated that they wanted the stations where they were.
Last night, the people NY voted down the proposed replacement fire station #1 (built about 100 yards away from the old one which is literally falling down) and renovation of station #2.
Please note that we are STILL in the running for a stimulus grant, for which we are REQUIRED to be ready to go to bid (which means the vote had to pass).
Because of this vote, if the federal government calls me tomorrow and says “here is $1.5 million for the new station”, I get to say “sorry, the town of Providence doesn’t want it”.
If we hadn’t gotten the grant, the cost to the average homeowner would be an additional $125 a year for 25 years.
I put several hundred hours into this over the past two years. Other folks have put in a lot more. We spent thousands dollars in engineering, environmental studies, lawyers’ fees, etc.
Meanwhile, you can take down the walls of station #1 by just tugging at the bricks.
Hell, forget the fire protection – $125 a year so that firefighters have a nice place to go and train is well worth it.
If the townspeople don’t care about us enough to vote for a $125 per year increase to have a new fire station, I don’t see why I should care about the town.