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Letter: Corinth Needs a New Fire Station

To the Editor:

This is a reminder to Corinth residents to please come out and exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, May 20. One issue concerns a fire station for the town. There have been a lot of misinformation and inaccurate statements circulating throughout the community, and I want to take the opportunity to clarify some of the rumors.

First and foremost, the Corinth Fire Department is dedicated to serve you, the community, and we will continue to fulfill this duty regardless of the outcome of the vote. Public safety and well-being are our ultimate concerns. Also, contrary to rumors, there is no exercise room in the design of the proposed station. Nor do we plan to bring contractors in from Connecticut to build the station. I do not know how these rumors started. It astounds me and is unfortunate, but clearly the individuals spreading this misinformation never attended one of the public informational meetings or viewed the proposed plans.

Here is a breakdown of the cost to taxpayers as presented by a representative from the Vermont Bond Bank at one of the three public meetings. The tax impact would be: $56.40 per $100,000 valuation for a 30-year bond; $65.30 per $100,000 for a 20-year bond; and $96.90 per 100,000 for a 10-year bond.

Most of you know that our current facilities have no running water, no bathroom facilities, no training or meeting room, no storage or work room, and the Cookville station has a dirt floor. We hope that you will support the fire station. But regardless, please come out and vote. It is important that everyone’s voice is heard.

If you need assistance in getting to the polls or arranging to vote, please contact me at 802-439-6074 prior to May 20. Polls are open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Corinth Town Hall in Cookville. On behalf of members of the Corinth Fire Department, thank you.

Ed Pospisil

Chief, Corinth Fire Department