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Respectful conversation needed about proposed fire training building
I was very disappointed to see how dismissive board president George Kling has been about the opposition to the location of the burn building. The committee of residents has researched and offered valid options to the installation of the burn building at the location on Bergen Parkway. I don’t think that due diligence has been achieved due to the lack of concern for residents, students and businesses in the area. The attitude is: They want the burn building, they want it now, why shouldn’t they get what they want?
It also seems that anyone opposing this location is against the volunteer firefighters; that we are being difficult and mean in preventing them from doing what they want to do. All the little snide comments that have been quoted are those of a child not immediately getting what he wants.
There should be a respectful, valid and mature conversation about this issue — not the petty antics that have been occurring.
Nancy Barish

Cancer sucks; Relay rocks!
Thank you to my Relay for Life teammates with cancer, Anita Nielsen, Denise Boyat and Nancy Ask (in absentia). Thank you to Risa Holmes and her FB connections for the very generous donations to the American Cancer Society. Thank you, Maureen Noble and cohorts, and Kim Levine with Jeffco Schools, for their inspired walking. Thank you to Kim Yakel and James Hite for encouragement, joy, duct tape, loin cloths, laughter.
Thanks to Vicki Spicer at Evergreen Shipping Depot for our banner and to all my other angels for contributions and support — you know who you are. Special thanks to Paul Ogle and the committee for this event. Very special thanks to my son Casey and his friends at EMS for their fund-raiser.
We done good.
Kelley Karl
Team MMyeloma

Firefighters should train at facility with state-of-the-art equipment
As the recently retired executive director of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (1998-2010), a voluntary association of municipal and county governments on Colorado’s Western Slope, I can tell you from first-hand experience that local governments and special taxing districts look for ways to consolidate and share services with each other to create increased efficiencies in the use of taxpayer dollars, especially during economic downturns. For example, the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District (Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne) and the Snake River Fire Protection District (Keystone) began sharing commonly needed services such as dispatch, vehicle and equipment maintenance, redundant administration, and training.
With reduced property valuations, the sluggish economic recovery and the inevitable reductions in property tax revenues, it seems prudent for Evergreen Fire/Rescue to seek cooperative agreements with neighboring fire protection districts to share or even consolidate necessary services like training to reduce operating costs and capital expenditures. If it is true that a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art fire training facility exists 30 minutes from Evergreen and can be utilized by EFR for $2,800 per year, it only seems prudent that EFR, as stewards of tax dollars paid by district residents, ought to seriously consider this option as a preferred alternative. In addition, it seems logical that the training received at a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art facility would be much more comprehensive than training received at a $500,000 facility, benefiting both EFR firefighters and residents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District. Of course, EFR volunteers should be compensated for their travel and meal expenses while utilizing the Lakewood facility.
I certainly appreciate the dedication of the EFR volunteers and their willingness to step into harm’s way when circumstances demand it, and I think that EFR needs to provide our firefighters the best possible training available by utilizing a state-of-the-art training facility already in operation, while saving taxpayers’ dollars.
Gary Severson