Why does Valdese have
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#1 Jul 29, 2009
Why does Valdese Even have a police and full time fire department. It appears all the other area of Burke County do very well using volunteer fire departments, and the Burke County Sheriff's Department for LE protection. I have seen Valdese does not investigate misdomeanors and there certainly aren't that many felonies committed in VALDESE. The Town could save millions of dollars, by having a Fire Chief and using Volunteers- and allowing BCSD as their law enforcement. There is nothing left in Valdese with the exception of parking lots, a few banks, and churches. Why would Valdese tax payers - use there hard earned money- made in another town or county, to pay for services we don't really need. I would say Valdese FD has answered 3 calls in the past 3 months. The police department is writting citations rarely which could be part of the State Highway Patrol's domain since Main Street is a NC and Us Highway. This seems a little much, for us to pay for; since the employees set in the office more then they are on the road. Check it out- if you go to Valdese and I don't know why you would- no places to work any longer- see if you notice a police vehicle. There are also secretaries for the police and fire department??? Why would they need secreteries???? Paying 2 women to do what? This is a job 1 person could do and it should fall on the shoulders of the Chief of the departments. How many or much typing would be required for either. Since they have computers, it would appear the job is done after filing a few reports. How much administrative typing is needed for these two women. Answering the phone is minor, I'm sure. Come on people and state your opinion.
#2 Jul 29, 2009
If they were to eliminate these jobs,What would the town manager have to do?Dont forget about the town counclmen and women and a Mayor.Maybe they are needed,they have added a mexican restaurant in the past ten years.This is a prime example of our tax dollars at work.
#3 Jul 30, 2009
After reading the above, it makes complete and common sense. I would like to see the fire and police stats. for the past year. Can we justify the money vs. the fires and crime rate in Valdese. Can we justify the gas used, maintenance on the vehicles The town manager thinks this makes the town look better- Not- Once a year Valdese closes a major NC/US Highway for a Festival which should be moved all the way down to the street at the railroad tracks. Clear Main St,(US/NC 70) for traffic going to Morganton and Hickory or businesses left. You can't get to the drug store- or 70 East. They do make it easy to get to McD's, that is it. For all the festival is move it to the old football field. Closing a main artery is like closing 1-40. Going around in circles to get to Rutherford College/ Cranfords/Robey's/Old Childers- hit 40 and come back west- the back down hit 40 and back West to Morganton. Going to the Hut is the largest activity and it is easy to get there. Buy some land and make a fair ground. I am sure J Jacimum would help with a Grant if you name it after him, or better yet, the old football field is close to his worldly Trail of Faith- Combine it all there, that would work- or but one of the many industrial locations- clear the building away by town employees and set it uo there. All the business (stores) are gone, you can't buy a pair of shoes, bra, dress or anything else. The leaders are not trying to bring anything back. It would be a shame- but if a fire was to break out in one of those old buildings there would be nothing left. I hope people support Food Lion the new Mexican rest., Judges and other business, without these we would have to get Pizza from (Pizza Hut, Domineos, Gievonies, or Little Italy )which is way to expensive. Why can't we get a town manager who will make the attempt to draw some kind of stores, we need-it couldn't be that hard. There are a lot of incentive programs to bring something back- do you remember Roses, Belk's, The Style Shop, Gold Shop. Alba Outlet,Jewelry Stores, hire someone to bring something back, so we are not forced to travel to another town or county. It can be done, we just don't have the right person to do the work. By the way- the town needs an uplift to the store fronts. Surely this could be done. The only attraction left in Valdese are the Fireworks on July 4th. Surely Jeff can stay away from his woman to get a job done, huh. Maybe then we could justify the fire and police departments ?
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