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Cheers and Jeers

June 16, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To no resolution. Gloversville elected officials accepted bids for the purchase of the city's out-of-service ladder truck and sold it. But at the same time, the city has made little progress in replacing the truck. The purchase of a new ladder truck was included in the city's five-year plan in 2007 and had been added to a capital-projects list every year since. A ladder truck should be among the Fire Department's response vehicles. With two buildings over 10 stories tall, more than a hundred buildings over three stories and the presence of a hospital, the city should have a ladder truck. Johnstown's ladder truck, which that city bought with a grant, could be called for assistance, but only if it's not already in use. Odds are it would be available, but should Gloversville take that gamble? If borrowing money for a new ladder truck is an option, Gloversville should consider it.

CHEERS - To officers on Main Street. It's hard not to notice the presence of Gloversville Police Department officers walking the downtown beat. According to Police Chief Donald VanDeusen, some reassignments have been made to have a foot patrol. Downtown merchants had asked for the downtown patrol, and now their requests are being answered. There may be no conclusive proof that a foot patrol reduces crime, but it makes downtown pedestrians feel safer and results in greater respect for police. Officials say close contact between police and citizens helps police learn about possible criminal behavior. Good job, Chief VanDeusen.

JEERS - To no tickets issued. We'll give authorities the benefit of the doubt that tickets will be issued in a recent car accident involving a 15-year-old. The unlicensed teen was driving a pickup truck in Caroga when she lost control of it and flipped the vehicle, authorities said. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old passenger was sitting on a four-wheeler in the bed of the truck and was ejected. Authorities said the driver initially fled the scene. The report listed no tickets, which puzzled us.



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