While it is good to be reminded that the parking authority is self-funded through its fee and rental income, any decision to raise the price of parking for commuters should also include a discussion of the need to do so and how these additional monies will be used.

If the parking authority does need to raise its fees to cover expenses and to make the necessary strategic investments in its facilities, then Southport commuters should not bear the brunt of the proposed increase.

Moreover, the parking authority has a responsibility to try and make proportionate investments to the Southport train station in a similar fashion as it has and plans to make at the center station.

Michael Herley

RTM District 1


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Fairfield Residents Should Feel Confident in Town’s Emergency Preparedness Plan 

Letter to the Editor 

October 24, 2012 

The Fairfield RTM’s Public Health and Safety (PH&S) Committee held a special meeting on October 10, 2012 to review the Town’s “Emergency Preparedness Plan” with the leaders of the Fire, Police and Health Departments. While no readiness program can conceivably plan for every scenario, we believe our Town has a very thoughtful and comprehensive plan in place in the event of a variety of localized and Town-wide emergencies.

Residents should also take pride in the competence of the individual department heads who are responsible for the plan, including: Police Chief Gary MacNamara, Fire Chief Dick Felner, Health Director Sands Cleary, Deputy Police Chief Chris Lydd and Deputy Fire Chief Art Reid, among others. Supporting these individuals are the many fine men and women who make up our Police, Fire and Health Departments.

The PH&S Committee remains focused on improving public health and safety in our Town and on raising its awareness among Town officials. We are one of the most active committees on the Town’s legislative body, the RTM. In addition to the most recent special meeting on emergency preparedness, PH&S also recently sponsored detailed tours of the Police and Fire Departments to better educate all RTM members on public safety.

Michael D. Herley

RTM District One (Republican)

Chairman of PH&S Committee

Ruth Smey

RTM District Five (Democrat)

Vice Chairman of PH&S Committee

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Town Beaches Need Lifeguards on Duty through Labor Day 

Letter to the Editor 

August 20, 2012 

As the Fairfield Citizen reported on August 17, 2012 (“Beaches to have Reduced Staffing, Hours for Season’s End”), the Fairfield Park and Recreations Department announced there would be reduced lifeguard coverage at our Town beaches, with some having no coverage at all, as of August 20, 2012. The reason is that many of the Town’s lifeguards are headed back to school.

It is concerning to us that this reduction in lifeguards began two weeks prior to the“unofficial” end of summer—Labor Day. Water safety is a very serious matter. When visiting our Town beaches for a swim, please read the signs and be cognizant of whether a lifeguard is on duty. If there is no lifeguard coverage at a particular Town beach, the back of the lifeguard stand will state “Lifeguard Off Duty”.

Given the number of Town residents who enjoy our beaches and lakes each summer season, we strongly believe the Parks and Recreation Department needs to re-examine its lifeguard staffing policies to ensure all of our Town beaches are fully staffed through Labor Day and that the BOS, BOF and RTM all need to ensure that the necessary staffing level is fully budgeted for going forward.

Michael D. Herley,

RTM District One (Republican)

Chairman of Public Health and Safety Committee

Ruth Smey

RTM District Five (Democrat)

Vice Chairman of Public Health and Safety Committee

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