There's a new fire house on the way...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

There's a new fire house on the way... 286 voters of the Westhampton Beach Fire District turned out to approve a $15.7 million bond issue which will allow the current structure to be razed and a modern facility to be built in the same location on Sunset Avenue.

"No" votes were cast by 156 of the 442 district residents who marked their ballots the old-fashioned way, with a pen on a plain sheet of white paper.

Counting the ballots the old-fashioned way, by hand Fire District Secretary/Treasurer: Carol C. Nemeth shows off her upgraded privacy shields.

[above] The five District Fire Commissioners anxiously await the results of the ballot count by representa­tives of the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

[right] Fire District Secre­tary/Treasurer: Carol C. Nemeth shows off the up­graded-from-last-December Voter Privacy Shields


1. EastEnd68 said...

"ann ommi­nus" is not happy...

You are remiss in ignoring the other 155 like thinkers.

2. Ray Overton said...

Thank you to those who supported this referendum and I hope those who didn't will eventually support the result when complete.

I realize that you are currently standing for office, Ray, but what does that mean? The bonding passed, and as far as I know there's no opt-out of that portion of our tax bill, so no one has any choice but to support it.

3. Ray Overton said...

Most of the comments I have been reading reference "bars and catering halls." Once this building is complete, I hope the public will recognize it is not a clubhouse, but a professional facility for emergency services. I attended some of the last public hearing and many of the comments being made were so off base and uninformed, it was disturbing. The sad part was no amount of evidence in the plans could sway these folks from their biased beliefs.

I liken these comments to ones that were made about the traffic circle at "Six Corners" prior to its construction. I remember predictions of deaths, and injuries, tractor trailer roll overs and massive dysfunction. Thankfully, many of the detractors will admit they were wrong and the damn thing actually works pretty well. I hope for the same result here.

I have no idea where you're reading or hearing anything about "bars and catering hall," Ray... although the fire house has traditionally provided, as an ancillary featurem, a refuge from wives and domesticity.

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