The dispute with regard to Windsor fire service and West Hants municipal council is continuing. Yes, during Friday's meeting, May 23, council voted to have the province appoint a mediator. However, we all know that neither party has to abide by the suggestions of a mediator.
We have read many opinions, expressed in various print, and believe it is time to get on with all the important issues that concern the daily lives of the people of West Hants.
It is our opinion that we have a very dysfunctional council. A council so determined to build its own fire station in Garlands Crossing that any decision regarding fire services is geared to severing all ties with the Windsor fire service.
In the past, government had to step in and take control of school boards or towns that were not functioning as they should. Perhaps it is time to do the same thing with the West Hants municipal council. It is common that once people have had control for so long they lose sight of who they are representing — not only residents in their community, but the whole municipality.
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Rural fire stations are struggling to stay open for various reasons but mostly due to lack of volunteers and fundraising. We do not want to have to wait approximately 30-45 minutes for response from a fire station in Garlands Crossing. We were witness last summer to a house fire very close to us. The fire chief from Windsor was there in record time to assess the situation and trucks and equipment closely followed.
The decisions council is making will impact on the health and safety of each and every resident, but more so on the most vulnerable — those who depend on others, such as nursing home residents and elementary school children.
Barb and Malcolm Gould,