I write in response to an article published in the March 4, 2014 print edition of The Compass, headlined "Bay Roberts to purchase equipment for new new fire truck."
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Firstly, I want to make it very clear that I do not regret the purchase of this valuable piece of equipment to assist our very valued firefighters. And now that we have it, we need to ensure that it is ready to protect our residents and properties. That being said, I would just like to briefly clarify my position regarding that whole transaction.
The amount budgeted, some $120,000, minus the taxes (a portion of which will be rebated), was the amount presented to the council table. As I was quoted, "I might have wrongly assumed that hoses would come with the truck," is exactly correct. I, as a new councillor sitting to that table, had no idea that we would have to then purchase hoses and radios for the truck. We were at no time advised of that; not a hint.
If I, as a registered nurse, was tasked to price out a new "crash cart," for example, I would not assume that everyone in receipt of the projected cost knew that the cart would not come with the drugs needed to use that cart effectively. The cost of the equipment, drugs, etc, would also be priced and included in the estimation of the amount. What would be the point of buying a new cart if we haven't budgeted for the equipment required to use it. It would be like buying a fire truck with no hoses.
The old saying: "Yer always wiser coming from the market" rang more true for this councillor.
Future purchases for the Town of Bay Roberts — at least any that I am involved with — will be scrutinized much closer than this one was.
— Charlene Dawe-Roach is a councillor with the Town of Bay Roberts