Dear SedonaEye.com Editor,
Just under thirty days after her stunning defeat in the SFD Recall Election, former Board member Phyllis Erick scheduled herself to speak during public forum at the June 13, 2012 meeting of the Sedona Fire District Governing Board.
The prior Board Chairman’s oft repeated admonition, “Personal attacks will not be tolerated,” evidently escaped Ms. Erick’s consciousness. Though she complained freely, publicly and with alarming regularity about vicious attacks she endured as a member of the Board, when her turn to speak was announced, her toxic tirade was unparalleled.
As a former Board member who has now TWICE been informed by the voting public her voice is no longer welcome at the table, Ms. Erick should muster some dignity and refrain from expressing her opinions. Bitterness is never appealing. It completely obliterates the credibility of statements made under its ugly and immature influence.
Ms. Erick cited a memorized statistic, “only 3% of all SFD calls are in the Chapel area.” She failed to share that SFD’s need for a midway station is less about calls to the Chapel area and more about equitable response times to ALL areas of our district. Had there been a medical emergency in any development between the location of the proposed midway station and I-17 during that tragic fire consuming two homes in the Village of Oak Creek, it would have taken over 20 minutes for first responders to arrive. No one needs a medical degree to understand the consequences of that interval.
For the record: Ms. Erick’s property backs onto what may become the easement through the Jewish Community Center parking lot, allowing safe and efficient ingress of fire equipment to the midway station.
And therein lies her REAL motivation.
For all of her fear mongering threats of tax increases, it turns out Ms. Erick is left baring her own self-concerned agenda. The value of her property may be affected when our midway station is built. There it is, folks, in the stark light of day — draw your own conclusions.
One person’s concern over property value must not override the potentially life-saving / property saving benefits of a sorely needed midway station. This proposed station is a far cry from the condescending statement “…We cannot build a fire station every three blocks just to make the public feel safe.” Such cavalier dismissals of legitimate public concerns may be why, as a result of an Arizona history-making recall and subsequent recall election, a new Board has been seated.Wendy V. Tanzer VOC Sedona AZ