I have lived in the village of Brady Lake for 59 years, 44 of those years I have served on Village Council, the fire department, road crew and as mayor. I wish to give my view on Issue 10.
1. Fire: All-volunteer and do a wonderful and professional job. Some are certified EMTs and paramedics. They make $7 an hour on drills and get paid only for that. They work full-time jobs to support their families, yet they are available to the village 24/7. We have a mutual aid agreement with all fire departments in the county if needed. If we lose our department, we will pay at minimum $57,000 per year for protection and a 4 percent increase each year after. We will have to buy all new trucks and equipment, new building, wages, which will be much more. Your insurance may go up due to the location of the fire department. All-new could cost $1 million.
2. Police: We have one paid position, chief, and all others must work 20 hours per week to keep commission. These people are dedicated to this village and have made over 100 OVI and drug-related stops this year. They also protect Franklin Township to help out the sheriff. We have a very safe village and, yes, it does cost a little money to maintain vehicles, as you would your own car. All-new could be $50,000.
3. Maintenance: We have only two people who work in the village that mow, patch roads, brush and leaf pickup. Our roads may not be smooth, but no big potholes. If you do the speed limit, it will all be OK. Our ballfield and lakefront always look clean. $10,000 for new guardrails. We have replaced catch basins and drainage pipe, which cost over $10,000 the past few years, and also did pave some streets.
4. Audit: Audit was done and had a software problem. All is fixed and will have to make a few changes, but no money was missing, as thought by people.
5. Assets: All must be sold, including the lake, which the county will get first take as per purchase agreement; all parcels of land, all buildings, police, fire and maintenance equipment as well as playground, Haley Durman playground and pavilion.
6. Unexpected expenditures and cuts: $60,000 in local government, fire pump, attorney fees to protect the lake and extra $54,000 for paving of Lakeview project and others. A total of over $200,000 was paid out over the years.
7. Taxes: All registered voters in the village vote on all taxes, either to accept them or not, so with the people's vote we do pay a lot of taxes. Very little comes back to the village. The only tax that residents do not vote on is the 0.75 percent income tax, which is done by council. If it was over 1 percent, then it would go to the voters.
We have kept this village looking nice and all of us just need to work together to make progress and positive decisions in the village. Together, we must vote "No" on Issue 10.
Mayor Hal Lehman, Brady Lake