Many cruisers have on-board video recorders; which work when the cruiser is running. If an officer is at a crash from 6-8 hours it is likely a crash involving serious injury or death; in which the incident should be documented from the time they respond to the time they clear, the onboard recordings allow for that. Also, to assume the State Police would take over in a serious crash would be incorrect; the Oxford County Sheriff's Department, and many other departments in Maine, cover all their own crashes (sometimes with the assistance of other departments).
If the Save Rumford group would have supported the selectmen's budget in July we would have had about the same budget as now and would not have spent extras on elections. We spun wheels for two months and accomplished nothing; it is a hollow victory. Now a loud few are calling to freeze hiring; all that will do is increase overtime to reach a level of service the voters approved this past vote. If the people smart enough to actually accomplish things stopped being negative and worked toward a solution we would get a lot more done. How about we spend more time now being productive in working towards regionalizing services.
I don't see how it would make any sense to hire ANY leadership positions (Town Manager, Department Heads, etc.) in any Town participating in the study for regionalization of services. I would think making short-term, interim decisions would be most prudent. Rumford hires a Town Manager next month and when the study is done they say, "Rumford/Mexico should share a Town Manager"...we have wasted time and money. Mexico hires a Police Chief and when the study is done they say, "Rumford/Mexico should share a Police Chief"...more money wasted. Just my $0.02.
Another step in the right direction would be for someone to write a HUD grant on behalf of the Town to remove dilapidated buildings. From Hancock Street to Falmouth Street there are dozens of buildings in which we could use the grant to tear down and, if enough were taken down, we could actually create business district that would be used, dog-walking-park, community playground, etc. Most, if not all, of which could be funded through grant money.
First, thank you for the legwork Terry, seems there was a bit of fact-checking to go with this article.
I wanted to throw in my 2 cents and share that Stephanie Wilson has expressed interest in being a write-in candidate and I think she would do a wonderful job. Wilson has experience working in organizations and on boards/commissions. According to Wilson (and several others I have spoken with) she works well with others and can focus on reaching an attainable goal rather than just pushing an agenda and gumming up progress if things don't go in a certain direction.
I have also watched Chris Brennick and Rick Green work well in groups. Between the school board and different MSAD43/RSU10 committees/meeting both have had their share of goal setting and working together to reach goals. Ryan Palmer is rooted in the community and has become more and more active in how the Town runs and what is important to the Town. I believe all three of these gentlemen would be thinking community first in all their decisions about the Charter.
I must say that looking at the 7 names in the article there is at least one that I already know does not play well with others and would cause quite a bit of gumming in any process. I hope to get to know a little more about the others prior to the vote. Please take the time to get to know candidates, ask questions, etc. Also, remember that the charter commission is not as much about agreeing with someone politically. You need to have people working well together to preserve the citizens’ rights and also focus on moving the Town of Rumford in a forward direction rather than letting it sit stagnant.
...that is the answer to your question Tom. The mindset of many people who live in a little bubble, watch their local news 3-5 times a week, and go about their lives think "Not here". There are bad things happening everywhere in this country, many do not make the local news; a lot don't even make national news. This is a problem everywhere...not just locally.
We are closer to a serious look at merging services now than we ever have been. We are here because the boards and Town Managers we currently have in place see that this is important and have made steps accordingly. Maybe we should stop slamming our current leaders and look at the steps they have put in place to help our future.
I find it interesting that you took out papers to run for the charter commission even while you are still talking about moving. I think we need people dedicated to this Town in elected positions; not people dedicated to a cause. What's important now is getting a few good write-ins that would make an honest effort to do what is best for the Town of Rumford.
Could this be a little more over-dramatic? Telling you that you are a liar is not Puiia threatening you. Defending himself when people lie about him or twist his words is also not threatening.
Give it a rest Phil...you were probably steaming so much at the word "safety" that you barely absorbed half the article. It never stated his familes safety was threated; in fact please re-read and find the word "threat" in the article for me. He said, “to focus more on his family's happiness and safety.” I focus on my families safety and happiness; it seems like a natural thing to me.
Three leader: I would have to assume You, Mark Belanger, and Candice Casey since he was speaking about them in a negative way. Just my guess; I could be wrong.
What unthruths were told...unfortunatley there is probably a limit to how many words can be typed in these posts so that question won't be able to be addressed since every opportunity the "Save Rumford" group had to distort what Puiia had said they made some sort of distortion. At least Tom Fallon can have enough respect for someone to wish them well and move on.