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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
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dorimonsonfan November 1, 2013 at 11:04 am
Sammamish Residents - DO NOT BUY the story Eastside Fire and Rescue is trying to sell you! There isRead More a reason EF&R is fighting so hard to restrict our freedom to start our own fire department. Sammamish residents are paying the lion's share of EMS costs for May Valley, Wilderness Rim, Tiger Mountain, North Bend, Carnation and Preston. Of course EF&R wants citizens of Sammamish to fund their vast program, but we can only pull so much dead weight. Keep our tax dollars where they belong - here in Sammamish. Write Sammamish city council and tell them you want independence from EF&R!
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dorimonsonfan October 30, 2013 at 01:56 pm
Sammamish Residents - DO NOT BUY the story Eastside Fire and Rescue is trying to sell you! There isRead More a reason EF&R is fighting so hard to restrict our freedom to start our own fire department. Sammamish residents are paying the lion's share of EMS costs for May Valley, Wilderness Rim, Tiger Mountain, North Bend, Carnation and Preston. Of course EF&R wants citizens of Sammamish to fund their vast program, but we can only pull so much dead weight. Keep our tax dollars where they belong - here in Sammamish. Write Sammamish city council and tell them you want independence from EF&R!
Denna Cara October 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm
@dorimonsonfan Yikes!!! You're a angry guy... First off let's take a look at some of your otherRead More posts so we can get a good feel for the type of guy/gal you are: http://www.issaquahpress.com/2010/05/25/two-arrested-for-attack-of-rape-suspect/ "dorimonsonfan on May 25th, 2010 8:22 pm why did this woman invite dude back to her house at 2am? i think she is a chaos queen and should be jailed for this mess." Right, you blame rape victims... Oh and not to mention that in another post you refer to someone as a "Mexithug". On that note, let's proceed. "restrict our freedom to start our own fire department"??? Are you math challenged or just incapable of reading? The proposed "budget" for starting the new department is a whopping saving of 6%. And for that 6% the city is going to "save", the city will be losing 55% of firefighters (4 on duty instead of the current 9), 100% cut in battalion chiefs (0 instead of 1), 33% cut in fire stations (2 instead of 3 that Sammamish currently has), not to mention that the budget doesn't account for all the special technical training that goes into rope rescue, confined space rescue, haz-mat rescue, water rescue. Also do you realize that with only two firefighters on an engine (proposed new fire department) that it is IMPOSSIBLE to make entry on fire to save a victim? Are you seriously willing to (attempt to) save 6% at the cost of someones life, maybe your mothers, or YOUR kids???? Not to mention the man power it takes to extricate a victim (heaven forbid 2-3) from a car crash? Or provide CPR to a patient??? Next topic. When has a proposed budget EVER come in on spot? Oh right, almost never. So that BIG 6% that is the suggested "savings" will be eaten up in a matter of moments when it's put to the test. Next: It's not a story Eastside Fire and Rescue is trying to sell you. The Sammamish residents ranked their fire service as one of the top services. I think this implies that the community in Sammamish is quite happy with the fire service, why change what's not broken? "dead weight", wow. You seem to like that phrase a lot... "How much dead weight can we really pull anymore? Time to cut the illegals who use our ERs as their primary care off of our state's teet." Let's also take a look at your view view points on how the 12th man shouldn't be so loud and disrupt the poor 49ers. http://mynorthwest.com/76/2357162/Exclusive-49ers-fans-explain-why-they-want-12th-Man-silenced "dorimonsonfan • a month ago − I agree with rich and judy. Caper-nick should be allowed to play in a quiet venue and judged on the murit of his performance." And your view points of bicycles? "we should make this tunnel for bicyclists only. make it 50 miles deep with a molten lava pool at the bottom, and no exit. Instead it can have two entrances to assure all cyclists will be able to enter it easily." In summery, you don't sound like you know anything about the fire service in addition to not sounding like a super compassionate person. So you're going to have to excuse me if I don't drink your koolaid.
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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