|Letter to the Editor|
|Friday, November 15, 2013 9:55 PM|
City of Delphos Citizens:
It has come to our attention that the dispatching of our police, fire and EMS is being considered by the Council as non-essential to the operation of the city. The cost of three dispatchers, their benefits and insurance supposedly could help balance the budget. As a former dispatcher, I hope the citizens of this community realize what this, in essence, means to their safety and well being.
One: If your home catches on fire and your 9-1-1 call is dispatched, do you want to risk having a delay calling out our fire department should there be an event or crisis in Lima where your call will be coming from to our fire department? Likewise, do you want having a heart attack, accident or life-threatening emergency with one of your family to be held for even seconds because there is no longer anyone in our city’s police department to page out a squad?
Two: How is it that this can take place? Were we told, beyond saying that cuts would have to be further made if the levy didn’t pass but nothing about the disbanding of our dispatch department was ever stated beyond getting no replacement for those police officers retiring? Will the cost of doing away with these officers and dispatchers really warrant the savings supposedly reflected versus the problems created by doing without them? Why are these the only options given to us because as former dispatchers, we have seen what can and does happen when you have to rely on a larger entity that is NOT familiar with your streets and roads in paging out police or fire or EMS.
Three: I would like to know who among you would be allowed to run up a water bill the way the company in the industrial park ran up a $400,000 bill? Why were they allowed to get away with this with no stopping them? That should never have happened and now you as taxpayers are going to lose because you didn’t vote for the levy or so we are told but wait, was this the plan all along? How can this be when you the taxpayers weren’t made aware of the full ramifications of not voting for this levy? Interesting, isn’t it, that the fact that it was to be the employed and not the retirees who are on limited income already who would have to pay for the levy? Time to ask our council men who’s idea this was and why as a community we will seriously lose if this taking away of our dispatch center is implemented????
Mary Lou Wrocklage