’ll be voting in favor of Article 8 (the site study for a potential combined rescue and fire location) next week because it’s something that should have been given high priority a very long time ago.
It has been disappointing to learn that former selectboards and town managers did not bring the request for a combined rescue and fire facility to the forefront 12 years ago, when it was first brought to their attention, nor during the years that followed.
We could have developed a long range plan years ago and be on our way right now to a well- thought out combined facility– before other costly issues and projects took precedent. This will be a tough vote. I hope we learn something from it and begin to move forward with long range planning, foresight and thoughtfulness.