To the editor:
I am writing this letter to express concern about the closing of the Pleasant Heights Fire Station. I think it is very unjust to put the lives of so many citizens in jeopardy. I live on Pleasant Heights, across from the fire house, and I know firsthand just how close these homes are. If a big, hot fire started in just one of these homes, it could wipe out two or three homes due to a now increased response time. Just as people who have severe trauma have a golden hour, a good fire has a golden seven to 10 minutes.
To those who so readily made this decision, I pose these questions: If it was your house at risk because the homes have approximately 4 feet between them, would you be so quick as to say close it down? If you had to wait now for an emergency response of approximately 10 minutes or more, when you could have had a response in 5 minutes or less, would you have been so quick? Do you have any idea of how much damage a fire can cause or the possible loss of life that could happen because of those extra minutes of wait time?
I believe you do, but you don't care. In my opinion, I believe you are willing to sacrifice the safety of the citizens of Steubenville to keep one highly unneeded position in this town.
I was born and raised here in Steubenville. A lifelong resident who is almost 60 years old. I have always voted for the levies in support of fire and police, as have the majority of Steubenville residents. Where has that money been going?
When we had about 38,000 residents in Steubenville, we operated with a mayor, a service director and a law director. The question is now that we have approximately 18,000 residents, do we need a city manager? I don't think so. With the salary saved from that one job alone, we could have the Pleasant Heights Fire Station open again and another fireman or two.
In my opinion (and quite a few others agree), since we have gone to a city manager form of government, it has done the city more harm than good. The city residents are the ones on the losing ever losing side. Recreation - pretty much gone. Businesses - more leaving than coming. And now safety - stretched and strained.