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Project is a waste

August 2, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

A new fire-hall costing two and a half million dollars for Chocolay Township would be a huge waste of taxpayer's money.

Most of all of the improvements wanted by the fire department could be accomplished by adding new additions to the present building on north and west sides.

There is room for a 16 feet by 65 feet addition on the west side, which easily could provide room for firemen to safely suit up. The north addition could serve as a requested training and meeting room; this could be accomplished by using the money in the fire and police fund which has been given to Chocolay Township by the native American community in lieu of taxes.

A separate space to wash fire-trucks inside and a water storage tank for thirty thousand gallons of water is unnecessary. As one travels the Upper Peninsula, there are white plastic pipes in steams and rivers used by most volunteer fire departments as their water source.

When washing trucks in the present stalls, one only has to turn down the water pressure to keep from splashing water on walls and tools. I know of no volunteer fire department that has a stall only for washing trucks.

Hopefully the voters will reject this millage. We don't really need a fire-hall comparable in size to the main firehall in the city of Marquette. When our vehicles need a new set of spark-plugs to run smoothly, do we purchase new plugs or do we purchase a new car?

Vote no on the Chocolay Township Fire Hall millage nest Tuesday. Ask your neighbors to help us defeat this unnecessary spending of our taxpayer's dollars. There is a possibility that our taxes might go down if this millage is defeated.

Richard Arnold




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