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Letter: A special thanks to the voters

First, I would like to thank all of the citizens that voted in the Carbondale Fire Election; it was a record turnout for the Fire District. 1,720 ballots were submitted in this election. I also want to thank all of the voters who placed their confidence in me by voting for me in the election. I want to give a special thanks to my wife, Vickie, my fellow candidate Gary McElwee, and Jeff Wadley, who started “Who ya gonna call.” In addition, I want to recognize Hank Van Berlo and Vern Holmes for their suggestions, thoughts, support and hard work in this election.

To the 974 citizens who voted for me, and all the residents of the Fire District, I commit to diligently work to continue the quality service that the district has historically provided. This is extremely important, and challenging, particularly in light of our difficult economy.

In walking the Fire District and talking to the citizens I encountered, I learned a great deal about the concerns that residents have about the district.

• First, citizens are pleased with the quality of service provided by the district’s EMTs and firefighters, and want that service continued, especially with regard to the Paramedic Program and the Wildland Response Program.

• Secondly, many citizens are concerned about many different fiscal aspects of the Fire District. Included in these concerns are perceived lack of transparency within the Fire District, need for a budget based on clear objectives, a clear definition of service levels, and both volunteer and paid staffing levels.

I also commit to work proactively with both the current board members, and the recently elected members, to achieve these goals and address the stated concerns. It is very important that citizens continue to communicate their questions and concerns to me as the District Board addresses the issues which surfaced in this campaign.

Thank you.

Carl Smith


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