Fire board is going for TAX INCREASE

This is so incredibly frustrating.

Here we are, in one of the most conservative areas in the entire country, and all they can do is RAISE TAXES.

I have had discussions with board member Charlotte Kiffer over a year ago about the fact that so many Meadview properties are NOT in the fire district.  They’ll go for raising taxes INSTEAD of getting all of Meadview annexed and PERMANENTLY and SIGNIFICANTLY increase revenue so that we could STAFF the Meadview fire station.

Today, I asked about an update.  Hope you’re sitting down:

They will form a committee!
It’s been over one year later, they have done absolutely NOTHING.

And then Walt Kiffer said that he read the statute about annexation and it starts with “Any resident can ….” and Walt suggested that *** I *** should do it!

It’s so easy that *** I *** could have accomplished annexation with NO money and no time.  FYI, I’m not on a fixed income and have a look around here — see any ads?

So, according to Walt Kiffer, it would have been very easy for the fire board to annex all Meadview properties.

Dolan Springs disgusting fire station
The Dolan Springs VFW, American Legion and the countless patriotic flag wavers don’t care about this disgusting display at the Dolan fire station? All these people praising LMRFD on FB haven’t noticed what the fire station looks like?  Too stupid or lazy to pick up a paint brush?

We don’t need a fire department to protect houses because it takes so long to get to a house and there are NO fire hydrants anywhere.  However, they can save lives when they get people out of their cars after accidents.  So there is a need for the fire fighters, but EMERGENCY MEDICAL is much more important.

Many people have died in Meadview since we lost our wonderful volunteer fire department in 2010 because the Meadview Morons (Steve Berg, Suzanne Newell et al) ousted fire chief Tom Little. He didn’t need a credit line, said he had a $100,000 in the bank when they forced him out.  And what an outstanding job the MM did at bankrupting the district and then making the IDIOTIC decision to consolidate with Dolan Springs.  Thanks so much, MM!

Some of those Meadview residents who died would still be alive today if they had received timely care.  After a stroke, every minute counts!

I requested to add the separation of Dolan Springs from Meadview on the agenda for the next meeting.

Once all of Meadview is out of the district, we can form a NEW district with ALL Meadview properties — if that’s what Meadview wants.  And then we can work with Dolan, but we’ll be fully staffed and at least we will not have to deal with the hostility by Dolan Springs board member Eric Terrill and other Dolan residents.

I actually got kicked out of the Dolan Springs Facebook group because I dared to post that Meadview needs services too!  In Dolan is a group of people, VERY DUMB and very loudmouthed, constantly sucking up to the fire fighters and praising the fire department for doing such a wonderful job taking them to the hospital.  Apparently there are several “frequent riders” who want to make sure they get priority service.  And that IS what it comes down to, where do they go first and who do they treat and transport.

There have been many complaints about attitude and lack of competence.

Can you believe that there are reports of paramedics not wanting to transport patients to the hospital and telling them to DRIVE THEMSELVES?

I’ve had so much patience with LMRFD and this new board, but there is absolutely NO DOUBT that the fire board could not care less about Meadview.  Soon you’ll be able to watch many hours of board meeting video at my new forum without ANY mention of the dire Meadview situation.

If I didn’t know that Steve Berg lives in Meadview, I would never believe it based on his performance on the board. 

Very much like District 4 Do-Nothing Supervisor Jean Bishop — she hasn’t done a thing for Meadview, Dolan or LMRFD. 

And no, Ms. Bishop, attending meetings (i.e. campaigning) and doing NOTHING doesn’t actually solve problems!

If we can’t get Meadview out of LMRFD, I may try to bankrupt it — the other way to get Meadview out.  But I’d prefer to keep Dolan Springs going for the people of Dolan and for Meadview to get its share of assets too.

I have not had any time at all to look into fire district litigation.  Seems to me like there ought to be thousands of communities just like Meadview and I’ll do some searching on a slow day.

Jay Fleming from Dolan posted recently that he would file a formal complaint and I’m going to look into that too.  Problem is that the fire chief has to deal with that crap and I just found out today that he thought HE was to get the Meadview properties annexed.  I told them that it was for the BOARD to do.

And as I previously posted, the board members don’t get paid and it’s no wonder they don’t do much, are totally unprepared when they get to meetings and are generally clueless.  Today, Eric Terrill wanted to back out of the ambulance lease / purchase that the board had already voted on and approved and then contracted for.  Eric, what’s going on with you?

Our only chance for good services is to go back to a mostly volunteer fire district for Meadview only.

FYI, in over a year, LMRFD recruited exactly ONE volunteer. 

Eric Terril actually REFUSED my offer to volunteer to fix their website because I’m not in the fire district.

Can you believe it?  I would have worked for FREE!

I also offered to BRING IN MONEY and to sign up Meadview residents NOT in the district for subscriptions. 

It wouldn’t have cost them ANYTHING, I would have kept 50% and paid for all expenses.   I made this offer because they said it’s TOO MUCH WORK for them to do.  So I would have done all that work, paid for everything and given them 50%, and they declined my offer.

Of course they don’t need more money because they expect the people already in the district will vote FOR more taxes.

WSJ: Post office subsidizes Amazon package deliveries

Just when I thought I’d seen it all.   According to the Wall Street Journal article Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery:

… The U.S. Postal Service delivers the company’s boxes well below its own costs. Like an accelerant added to a fire, this subsidy is speeding up the collapse of traditional retailers in the U.S. and providing an unfair advantage for Amazon. …

… An April analysis from Citigroup estimates that if costs were fairly allocated, on average parcels would cost $1.46 more to deliver. It is as if every Amazon box comes with a dollar or two stapled to the packing slip—a gift card from Uncle Sam.

Amazon is big enough to take full advantage of “postal injection,” and that has tipped the scales in the internet giant’s favor. Select high-volume shippers are able to drop off presorted packages at the local Postal Service depot for “last mile” delivery at cut-rate prices. …

That’s the dreaded handoff by UPS or Fed Ex to the Kingman post office. 

And because Amazon is not capable of assigning separate shipping addresses for USPS v UPS / Fed Ex, packages are often returned as undeliverable.  It helps to add your box # to the zip code, such as 86444-0123, but doesn’t always work.

Additionally, I have to make a 20 mile round trip to the post office and waste at least an hour of my time!

And of course you never know WHEN the Meadview post office is open, as I wrote a couple weeks ago:

Meadview post office CLOSED while they sort mail

So there we go again.  The people suffer while the corporations get the free rides.

Not great …

And I think you couldn’t find a better example to prove that private business is NOT smarter or more efficient than the government operating the exact same business.   The Meadview post office is a contract station — a FOR PROFIT business.   And somehow it is not possible to sort the mail AFTER hours, even though Loretta just REDUCED the hours in April and the post office opens at 11 am instead of 9 am.    A 10-year old ought to be able to figure out that if the mail comes in late, you either sort late after closing or sort in the morning before opening.

Rocket science?
Or just enjoying the drama?

Loretta???

FYI, I have an Amazon business account, not Prime, since I get free 2 day shipping for orders over $45.  I had called them and requested that they NOT EVER ship through the post office and they had promised to make changes to my account settings.

A couple weeks later another package went to the post office (after showing as returned undeliverable in the tracking online) and I called Amazon again.  Was told that the last guy didn’t make any changes to my account and they promised to do it right this time.  They can’t guarantee that the post office will never get my package, but it’s less likely and they confirmed the changes by email. So far so good, but it’s only been a few weeks.  Don’t know whether they’ll do this for Prime customers too.

The post office is required to provide uniform price and quality?

… The post office has long had a legal monopoly to deliver first-class mail, or nonurgent letters. The exclusivity comes with a universal-service obligation—to provide for all Americans at uniform price and quality. This communication service helps knit this vast country together, and it’s the why the Postal Service exists. …

Is that a joke?

Not only do we not have any mail delivery to our houses, but I have to PAY for a PO box in Meadview because I don’t want one of those mail boxes by the side of the road on Pierce Ferry, literally MILES from my home.

I have no desire to have my identity and small packages left in the box stolen and to pick up larger packages in Meadview.  Or in Kingman, as has been the case at times.  Or at Canyon’s End, or wherever.

A few weeks ago no PO boxes were available — you could get on a waiting list.

Most Americans have NO clue what people in rural areas go through to get their mail.

And the people of Meadview are doing NOTHING to improve mail service — apparently they don’t mind making multiple trips to the post office to “maybe” be able to get their mail if it happens to be open.

RAIN!

Finally some real rain and it cooled off too!  77 F outside right now at 3:30 pm.   Love it!

rainUntil a few days ago my high inside was around 85 F,  but it’s 87 F now and would be 89 by tonight if we didn’t have the storm.  Hopefully I can get the house cooled down again.  As long as we have mid 70s for a low I’m good here without ANY cooling other than a USB fan plugged into my notebook or power pack.

We’re just under 1/4″ of rain,  but it is still softly raining now.  Could use a little more!

Update:  Got a little more rain off and on, perfect.   5:30 pm 72 F — 60s?

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