TIME REMAINING UNTIL Providence VFD IS OUT OF OPERATING FUNDS
Another website has been created to focus on common questions and answers concerning the movement town council has taken to explore a municipal fire district.
Go to: WeddingtonFireService.com
It’s a new year and a new Town Council, but the problems continue. On January 9, 2012 our new town council held its first full meeting. Our new Mayor, Walker Davidson, opened the meeting stating that no action on fire services would be taken at the meeting, and, in fact, no significant action should be expected for 6 – 8 months. The information from the principal parties (ie: Wesley Chapel Board of Directors and Providence Board of Directors) provided to the town over the past year apparently is under new review and the council is starting over to explore financial numbers and facts. The information I have offered to you, the community, is being referred to as “rumor”. YET… Mayor Davidson had no problem with offering for review and discussion financial numbers which he stated are “wrong”. I really like Mr. Davidson but I do not see the point of discussing financial numbers that he considers wrong. Why not discuss numbers that look right as a good starting point?
Discussion continues to encourage a merge between Wesley Chapel VFD and Providence VFD. What the public may not understand is that these are independent entities and the Weddington Town Council has no authority to force a merge. Only the Board of Directors of these departments can make that decision. The two organizations have very different organizational models, so it would be like mixing oil and water to blend together. Jack Parks, President of the Providence BOD has repeatedly explained why a merge is not an option, but the option continues to resurface.
I continue to hear that Providence VFD will not be allowed to shut down and that it is erroneous to mention closure of the station. I suggest to you that until there is a solid plan of action to resolve the issues at Providence VFD, there is a possibility of closure. Only time will confirm whether a decision of this magnitude will be necessary. However, if Union County does not care to address solutions to the issues at Providence VFD and Weddington has no plan of action to resolve the issues at Providence VFD, and the residents of Providence fire district do not see this as an issue important enough to immediately correct, then, in my opinion, closure of the station is a viable option for consideration.
Listen to the public comments and hear where the focus of concern is. It is said that property values can be enhanced with the event of Weddstock…. no mention of how property values are affected with knowledge of a suffering fire department. Providence VFD is the only station serving Weddington which provides 24/7 staffed coverage. To lose this service could have a negative impact on property values. At the very least it would have a negative impact on 911 response during the overnight hours.
Where is our community support?
The entire audio is 3 1/2 hours and if you are interested in hearing the discussion concerning funding of Weddstock I can get that part to you, but since I must break down the audio into segments in order to get it out on this site I have chosen to only offer those portions dealing with fire services. I HAVE included all public comments because it is important for each of you to hear the concerns of Weddington residents. I would like to thank all those that DID take the time to come forward and speak up to protect Providence VFD. But if you think most neighbors were focused on fire services and protecting Providence VFD, you would be wrong. Listen and decide for yourself. The concern is to fund Weddstock. Some of these neighbors live in the Providence fire district and still chose to offer no support. It is very discouraging!! This is why I have appealed over and over for you to speak up. I have very little impact since council knows how I feel. They need to hear from voices that have not yet made the time to stand up and speak!!
It is hard to dispute audio… please educate yourself on the status of fire services.
Food for thought:
Do you live in the Williamsburg, Weddington Heritage, Weddington Downs, Waybridge, Hadley Park, Greystone, Gatewood or Beulah Oaks neighborhood? If so you may have a longer response time for medical service. The Providence VFD fire department is closer to your home, but would NOT be called to your medical emergency unless Wesley Chapel VFD requests backup.