2010-10-30 / Editorials & Letters

Tory says Dupler needs to honor his commitments on fire contract

Editor:

Nearly 100 residents felt they had to attend Tuesday night’s Walnut Township Trustees meeting because of something Trustee President Sonny Dupler put on the agenda. The second item under Old Business read, “Amend motion of 4-year contract and binding arbitrator from 10/5 meeting.”

For those of you who were not at the Oct. 5 meeting (never mind why we had to be there in the first place), our elected trustees agreed to let the current fire contract with the Village of Millersport continue until a new four-year contract is worked out, using independent binding arbitration if necessary. Hopefully, we won’t have to use an arbitrator because it will be costly.

In just three weeks Sonny either started to back out on his word or just wanted to get people out of their homes on a cool rainy night in October for the fun of it. Either way, none of us were happy to be there. It is my opinion that integrity is not one of Sonny’s virtues and he has taken advantage of Ralph’s health in bending if not breaking the sunshine laws.

Here is some good news for those of you who don’t know it. I sat on a fire focus board this summer with Trustee Terry Horn learning about joint fire districts and township fire departments. Until then I wasn’t sure whether we had a good fire department or not. WE DO AND WITH MANY CAPABLE PAID PART-TIME AND VOLUNTEERS FOLKS. That information alone was worth my time spent this summer. There may be some internal problems, but the biggest one right now is getting a secure fair contract in place long enough to fix other issues. But this won’t get done as long as Sonny continues to stir up trouble every chance he gets.

If you’re like me, you’re tired of the fighting. Our elected officials are supposed to be working for us, not against us. Putting things on an agenda at the last minute creates animosity and mistrust. Stop it!

Sonny, you gave your word to us on Oct. 5 and you gave it again last night. Everyone has agreed on the basic terms. It’s time to start working on the details and get it done by the end of the year. That can happen provided you start working for the majority of the people and not whatever you want to do. Do you understand the difference? If you don’t and you continue to throw stumbling blocks in the road, I’d like to believe Ralph (Zolllinger) will work with Terry making it at least two out of three to get the job done as he promised. Sonny, all you are doing is making your constituents keep a very close eye on you.
Victoria Wolfe
West Bank

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