I am writing to encourage my fellow residents of Solon township to vote yes in support of the fire millage on August 5. As the former township clerk from 2004 until 2012 and currently one of your township trustees I have witnessed firsthand the changes that have occurred within Solon Township fire department.
In recent years our staffing levels have changed. As a result of fewer fire fighters being available during the week days some calls for medical help have gone unanswered, only to be picked up by neighboring community fire departments. In an effort to better serve the community the Board recently authorized a paid part time firefighter to be available 20 hours per week on a trial basis. While there may be support for a full time fire fighter (40 hours per week) this probably can only happen if this millage is approved. I believe we owe it to our residents to insure that adequate first responder protection is available for those with medical emergencies.
We can all talk about the wonderful things we would like to see happen in Solon Township however, I for one place knowing that my loved ones are protected in case of a medical emergency at the top of that list.
The Solon Township Fire Department is staffed by a dedicated group of men and women and they deserve our support.
Vote YES on the Solon Township Fire Millage
John W. Rideout
Solon Township Trustee