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dorimonsonfan November 8, 2013 at 08:08 pm
Commonsense, I agree. The new community center is a bad idea. Too expensive for what it is. $30Read More million? No thanks! And a $115 family monthly fee? Shoot why not just join Columbia athletic club for that price? I do however love the new Sammamish landing park. A very good value at what 6 or 7 million. Beautiful well laid out place. Check it out sometime! Also, I am all for the house burning training. Better to make mistakes there and learn from them than in a real fire. And I am curious...are you a Sammamish resident?
Commonsense November 8, 2013 at 08:37 pm
I am
dorimonsonfan November 8, 2013 at 08:59 pm
well I guess we both have some skin in the game then
Jon Wiseman October 15, 2013 at 08:36 pm
Final decision is now November 12th. To learn more about how you can help, please send your nameRead More and email to saveourfiredept@gmail.com. On Monday evening, the Sammamish City Council discussed the final report that outlined the future of fire service for local residents. The city is leaning towards leaving Eastside Fire and Rescue and starting its own “bare bones” fire department, which will cost taxpayers more and lower the quality of emergency services that Sammamish families and businesses currently receive. The final report was incomplete and raised more questions than it answered. Community testimony was substantial: The fire chief for Mercer Island (who is also a Sammamish resident) expressed doubt about the cost analysis in the report. He runs a two station fire department for close to what Sammamish claims it will cost for three. A retired fire chief said regional partnerships were more cost-effective and questioned why Sammamish was the only city in the state considering a standalone department. A local elementary school principal asked the council why the study called for a community based fire service when this was something we already have, as evidenced by the safety and fire prevention programs in our public schools. A firefighter pointed out that local residents rate their fire service as one of the top three city services according to the city government’s own survey from 2012. (City council was sixth!) Even the city’s own consultants were quoted several times as saying they could not make a final recommendation on whether the city should start its own fire department. We had a small victory by pressuring the city council to allow for additional public input on October 29, November 5, and November 12, when the final vote to leave Eastside Fire and Rescue will happen. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm and are held at City Hall at Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave SE. Please plan to attend and tell the Sammamish City Council to maintain the quality and cost-effective fire service we receive through Eastside Fire and Rescue.
Charles LeDog February 10, 2014 at 06:35 pm
18 months or studying and negotiating doesn't sound like anyone is rushing into anything.
Charles LeDog February 10, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I understand why the union doesn't want to lose the contract. It is their job to object to anythingRead More that erodes their membership. What I'd like to know is what the consultant's report actually says? It might be useful to everyone impacted by this for the City to post the report too. Then everyone can see why they are recommending the the City find a different service provider. Maybe its a bad idea and the union is right. Maybe its a good idea and the City and the Consultant are right, and the union is just looking out for its self interest. Publish the report, and we'll all know.
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