To the Editor,
Fairmont has some problems, but the plans set forth by the Board of Commissioners will not solve them.
In the first place, we have a fine Police Department. Chief Danny Parker does a great job as do the other members of the Police Department and other town employees. Fairmont citizens believe that doing away with our great police officers and men of the Fire Department will only lead to more problems.
The sheriff says his department really needs more men as they are swamped with all they have to do and really can’t take on Fairmont. Your other “solution” will call on the rural fire department to take over for the town. I can see a real problem with both “solutions.”
Suppose the town would need the Rural Fire Department, and they could be out of town at a fire. Suppose a bank robbery occurs, and deputies from the Sheriff’s Office would have to come over to Fairmont. Perhaps they, too, could be involved elsewhere and could not get here in time to catch the robbers. The lack of a quick response could be detrimental to the welfare of our citizens.
Another “solution” is to add more to our taxes, which are already higher than most towns and cities have. Also, the county is considering to add to our county taxes. Fairmont and Robeson County lead others by having high taxes.Why would anyone want to come here for high taxes and low protection?
We need something to encourage people to come to Fairmont to live, but your proposals will keep them away.
Our former mayor had the idea of signs to show travelers the best way to get to the beaches. If you have noticed, there have been more out -of-town and out-of-state cars at MacDonald since the signs have been placed.
We really need more advertising for other places. I imagine that while at MacDonalds, some may stop at other stores to pick up something they need or perhaps forgot.
I feel, as do most of Fairmont citizens, that your plans to get rid of great workers and protectors with their leaders will only hurt our town, and leave us without the quick aid provided to Fairmont citizens. If getting rid of these valuable people was your reason for running for office, it was a poor decision.
Citizens, voice your opinions.