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January 8, 2012

Posted Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 11:59 AM

Malden has a new temporary fire chief. Our former fire chief, Mr. Tommy Hinson, tendered his resignation right after Christmas. I have appointed Jarrett Bullock, Malden's Chief of Police, to act as fire chief until a permanent replacement can be determined. I thank Mr. Hinson for his efforts and his service to our community.

A tremendous amount of work proceeds apace to refit and remodel the fire station located at the entrance to the Malden Industrial Park. The building was built in the 1970's as a fire station but was not used as such for very long. It is the second newest of Malden's three fire stations. We are abandoning the fire station located on South Beckwith Street known as Station Number One. That building was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930's. It has exceeded its useful life as a fire station. Luckily, we have a much newer building at hand to move into.

The Malden Volunteer Fire Department has a proud history of service to this community. Some of the finest men that Malden has been blessed to have as residents have volunteered their time and enormous effort to make this town safe. The volunteers have always been an elite group of men. I don't think there has ever been a volunteer fire woman (HINT). If you would like to serve your town and your fellow citizens in and around Malden please contact the fire department. They are always looking for good people.

Speaking of good people, our community lost Ann Bostic last week to cancer. Ann had many fine qualities but not the least was her ability to make people, or at least me, laugh. My father used to tell me that it's better to laugh than cry if you can, and Ann Ritchey could bring out the humor in most situations. My sympathy goes to her husband Mart and to her family. Ann would say, "Let's throw a party."

It appears that our municipal golf course may have finally reached the end of a rough road. I was informed by our city treasurer this past week that the golf course did not have sufficient funds to pay its outstanding debt. Specifically, there was about $900 in general bills due, $2,500 in payroll, and $5,800 due to Mr. Jerry Sills who is retiring. Mr. Sills cashed in unused vacation and sick leave. I informed the city treasurer that I could not and would not sign any checks that exceed the amount of money appropriated by the Malden City Council. Possibly a solution can be found to this problem. The members of the Malden Park Board have struggled long and hard to solve the financial issues of the golf course. Possibly some sort of merger of the Malden Country Club and the Malden Municipal Course can be arranged. However, that is just talk at this point, and nothing has ever come of such discussions.

I have said many times that politics is all about dividing up the public's money. There are many claims on the tax revenue, and the elected council has to decide which ones to fund and which ones to ignore and then the level of funding.

You can be a part of that process known as politics. You can still file for a seat on the Malden City Council. The job pays $150 a month X 8 X 12. If you don't want to run for elected office then please come to our meetings. The next one is January 17th at 7:00 P.M. at the Malden City Hall. As you can tell from the above statements we will continue to spend your money wisely or foolishly depending on your point of view.

The financial report is as follows:

December 23, 2011Balance $1,326,194.98
Revenues $99,781.96
Expenses $167,511.30
January 6, 2012Balance $1,258,465.64


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