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July 5, 2014

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Volunteers

God forbid that Methuen should have a volunteer fire department. Many communities do. I could see manning a station with just enough personnel to get equipment on scene and calling in and paying volunteers when there is a call. But like Haverhill, you will only see the four on duty while they cover for the other four working at their real full-time jobs.

Spending money

There is an old saying: “If you keep doing what your doing, you’ll keep getting what your getting.” People wake up! Haverhill officials do two things constantly. 1. Vote for more money. 2. Give themselves a raise, or bonus, or sometimes both. We were just pressured into a Proposition 2 1/2 override because the Hunking School was brought down by poor construction and worse maintenance. What came next? Bonuses for the councilors at a extra cost of $21,000 per year. The police station roof is only 15 years old and that is screaming for money. The Whittier School roof is a constant source of money drain as they try every couple of years to “fix” it. Each attempt is several thousand dollars. Everyone around here just spends money like water, and then throws more at it for repairs. This town has learned a trick to get money, and will keep performing that trick at every turn. For shame!

Flat roof

Two Sound Offs commenters wanted to know why the Haverhill police station roof lasted such a short time. My late brother-in-law was in the business and said no one knows how to make a flat roof anymore. There is no need of a flat roof -- there are many designs of pitch or slanting roofs and when snow melts they are self-draining and need no maintenance. Once a slanting roof is made their is no maintenance until a new roof is needed — period.

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