To The Herald-Whig:
The Liberty Fire Department has been busy building its assets in the form of new, larger and more kinds of fire equipment. This includes a new firehouse in an effort to better serve our community. However, I learned that for a fee it will rent the tanker truck to fill swimming pools, and recently rented it several times to a local farmer for personal use.
I, and others in the community, were unaware that the truck could be rented and didn't believe it was proper use for fire equipment.
I contacted a former chief and current volunteer fireman and he informed me this has been allowed for several years, if requested. However, they don't advertise it.
It is my belief that any services provided by a public body be made known to all in the community so that they may benefit equally.
As a corrective measure, I would ask the department have the minutes of its meetings published. This would be in line with the open meeting we expect. They should also inform the community of goals and accomplishments of the department.