Day: May 6, 2011

David Lapof

To The Editor: Dave Lapof will be a great addition to the Keizer Fire District board of directors.  He has been through the training to be a qualified firefighter,  emergency medical technician and involved with various facets of training new recruits. He also held the rank of lieutenant giving him additional responsibilities in a leadership role, a role in which he performed well.  Dave received numerous awards recognizing and honoring his dedication to the fire service.  He has a working knowledge of the duties required for a successful fire department.  During his tenure, he has belonged to and participated in and with emergency service organizations throughout the state of Oregon.  It is now time for him to bring these skills to the Keizer Fire District board of directors. Having served as a volunteer firefighter for over twelve years and Keizer Fire District’s first EMT  and a term and a half on the board of directors, I recommend Dave Lapof for the Keizer Rural Fire Proctection District Director, position 3. Bob Wickman...

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Orville Downer, Randy Franke

To the Editor: I was a volunteer firefighter for 15 years at the Clearlake Station, part of Marion County Fire District #1.  I know of the problems facing the fire district and am pleased that the current board led by Orville Downer and Randy Franke are making enormous strides in finding solutions.  That work needs to continue.  It will by re-electing Randy and Orville to the Fire Board.  I’ve known Orville Downer for a very long time and can personally vouch for his experience, knowledge and dedication.  His 32 years as a volunteer firefighter is a testament to his experience.  I’ve also watched Randy Franke over the years lead by example and take on very challenging tasks.  Neither of these individuals is afraid to challenge the status quo.  Both have the courage and commitment to do what’s needed to ensure quality services.  I know of no two people more qualified or deserving of your vote.  Let’s re-elect Orville Downer and Randy Franke May 17th. Phil Goulet...

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Randy Franke

To the Editor: I would like to add my voice to the many who feel that Randy Franke is the correct choice for Marion County Fire District #1 Board of Directors.  His background of leadership in public affairs is needed now more than ever. Jerry McGee Keizer   To the Editor: I have known Randy Franke many years.  I am impressed with his strong leadership ability. Randy Franke has years of experience in government at various levels.  His experience is needed now with tight budgets. He has been on the Fire Board for 4 years and has done a great job. I encourage you to vote to re-elect Randy Franke to the Fire District #1 Board of Directors. Wayne Brady Salem To the Editor: I encourage all Marion county voters to vote for Randy Franke for Marion County Fire District #1 Board,  position #2. I have known Randy Franke all my life. We attended Gervais High School together and have been lifelong friends. I can attest to his honesty, integrity, and passion to keep Marion County a safe and viable place to live. Randy Franke was a Marion County commissioner for 24 years where he gained experience in balancing budgets, dealing with union contracts and implementing innovative programs. Randy Franke was elected to the MCFD #1 board four years ago and is current Board president. In these challenging economic...

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Board has failed to develop a plan

To the Editor: Randy Franke and Orville Downer spend a lot of time listening to themselves speak at Marion County Fire District #1 board meetings. They are running for re-election and they seem to spend public meeting time defending their failures. For example, MCFD#1 Station One remains an unsafe building that cannot withstand the effects of an earthquake. The MCFD#1 board has asked voters, through tax bond election on two occasions to replace the station since 1998. Why, after receiving a second bond for funds to seismically upgrade or rebuild fire Station One, are firefighters and apparatus still utilizing an unsafe facility? Volunteers are driving fire engines that have been deemed unsafe. These are huge liability issues for the district and personnel, and could have a disastrous impact on the services provided to the community should a disaster strike! The board has failed to develop a plan before requesting funds, twice. The rationale the current candidates use as their crutch when asked why they have not been able to make decisions are the same challenges they faced when they took the taxpayer money 14 years ago. It seems like a reasonable conclusion that Randy and Orville do not have a plan and never have. These same two directors don’t seem to have any problem spending tax payer funds on exorbitant legal costs such as $285,000 during fiscal year ‘09-’10...

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Fire District #1 at an impasse

To the Editor: I am Battalion Chief Kim Batchelor, and I have been a firefighter with Marion County Fire District #1 for 31 years. Our organization needs new leadership. Andi Batchelor and Bob Palmer can and will help to provide what the district needs. Both of them have incredible integrity and honesty. They have a desire to serve in a capacity to make MCFD#1 successful. In Bob Palmer’s years as a Deputy Chief in our district, I had and continue to have the greatest respect for him as a fire officer and an individual. He is above reproach, dependable, intelligent, and wants what is best for the district. Most of all Bob wants services that are best for you, the community we serve. Andrea Batchelor is an amazing individual. She has the ability to think and act in a capacity that absolutely blows me away. She is a good leader and an excellent mediator. Her natural ability to bring order out of chaos will help to build the fire district to new heights. I invite voters to pay attention to the firefighters in the voters pamphlet who are supporting Andi and Bob. Let’s move forward as the people and begin with new solid leadership. Kim Batchelor...

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