In her letter to the editor (Chronicle, March 6), Katalina Jimenez makes several very good points about the city of Page, but there are several that I have grave concern about.
The comment “Turning off the street lights after 11 p.m. would save money and, according to studies, not increase crime or accident rates” brings me back to a question I have frequently asked: What studies? If there are studies, please give reference information where one can find the study.
Does it apply to Page? I think most likely not. Page is such a unique city that many call it “Page America” because it just does not fit the norm. If you allude to a study, please give the readers access to the study’s source. You may find several interesting items under the header of “White Papers” that I wrote in 2011 and posted on my website www.pageazfirehorse.com.
The comment “Is our $5 million dollar public safety budget in line with fiscally prudent cities our size?” can be debated ad nauseam. There are no cities that compare. Most towns of 7,000 do not have 3,500 students in school during the day. Their population does not expand to almost double with motels overflowing in the summer. They are not bordered by an alcohol-free Indian reservation, federal properties and another state. It is not 135 miles to the next city, etc.
Did you know that the call volume of the Page Fire Department is about 4,000 assignments per year? That’s about 11 per day. And, yes, a lot of calls are standbys at the airport and some are out of city, but whose call do you want to ignore? Which can you not legally ignore?
Don’t get me started on police calls—the boys in blue run their butts off going from one call to the next here in Page America. They are understaffed, underpaid and assaulted all too frequently.
I was working on a white paper about “ISO” when I was part of the reduction in force (RIF) of city employees. ISO is a very important factor in everyone’s life. It is an institution that rates fire departments, and most insurance companies use their rating to set residential and business insurance rates. With the past RIF of the fire department and definitely with any additional reductions, your insurance rates may go much higher, especially for businesses.
There is an old saying in the fire service that goes something like this: “You can pay the fire department or you can pay the insurance company; the fire department will be there in three to five minutes risking their lives to save your loved ones and property, the insurance company will put your check in the mail next week.”
Larry D. Clark, Sr.
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