Letter to the Editor: Why do we need a fourth fire station?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Editor:

Traveling along Stateline Drive located in Holday Island, I noticed a newly bulldozed site with a sign in front stating future home of Holiday Island Fire Station. Why does Holiday Island need a fourth station when there is NO police station on the Island whatsoever and calls to the Sheriff's Office taking sometimes an hour?

Reported by Kathryn Lucariello in the Lovely County Citizen, page 7 issue on June 6, 2014 was a article showing Ambulance tax revenue down, expenses up. With the 60 percent of Holiday Island calls being answered by contracted Eureka Spring Fire and Ambulance and assessment taxes being high, why does Holiday Island need a fourth substation? More expenses for maintenance and manpower.

As there is turn over of Commissioners, mayhap they need to do their homework and come forth with a balance for the needs of the Holiday Island Community.

Unbiased Observer

Name Withheld upon Request

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  • as long as we have the Sheriff and present Quorum court, H.I. will have to contract it's protection, that is normally supplied by the taxes everyone pays. This is a lucrative fee for Carroll County, as it pays a salary, car, uniforms, vacations and more. There is however a Sheriff sub-station located in the Park Shopping Center, but never manned. WHY? I bet that could generate some comments!

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Mon, Jun 23, 2014, at 9:16 AM
  • Again I wish you people would get your facts straight. This fire station is not being paid for by any assessment fees or your tax dollars. The majority is paid for by people willing to give their time to raise funds for our fire dept. Maybe you should thank them for your fire rating!? I am ashamed that both of you are afraid to put your name on what you write. RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH

    -- Posted by EsterAnne on Mon, Jun 23, 2014, at 8:07 PM
  • "Deaton has requested $40,000 from the district toward the new fire station."

    What district? The fire district or the homeowners association?

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Wed, Jun 25, 2014, at 3:04 PM
  • ISO ratings are largely the reflection of available hydrants. Not so much apparatus or manpower.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, at 11:48 PM
  • To answer your question about taxes....no. In my home state, the township did collect taxes to keep FDs and EMS operating. Their are good points and bad points to this manner of serving the community. First of all, this insures that everyone pays, based on their wealth. The bad side is, as with any government agency, there is the tendency to spend money when it does not need to be spent. 25 years ago, my home state was charging me $2,200 a year on an $85k home. Taxes are even more outrageous now.

    The good point about fire dues in Arkansas is that the FD needs to show that they perform well and get the community to support them The bad part is, all too often, there are people who don't pay their fair share...

    Jack Deaton? The man has volunteered thousands of hours in public service to the community, both in the FD, EMS, SORT, law enforcement and elected official. HI has a top notch group. Why do you hate him so? As far as him being chief of both departments, that is also typical for city/rural departments. We, in the WD train with, work with, and rely on one another for large scale emergencies. You won't see that happen much in the ED.

    Perhaps you should look at Berryville. They have one station for their huge district. No EMS or first responders. They rely on Mercy to provide an ambulance. There are two ambulances for the entire Eastern District, while there are 4 for the Western District plus the backup at HI. I can tell you this....Eureka has to help the ED out more than I think they should by way of "mutual aid". If you live in the ED, you have to wait sometimes up to 40 minutes for an ambulance. Yes, no kidding.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Sun, Jun 29, 2014, at 10:03 AM
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