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Question: Do They Have That Many Fires In Ocean City?

Do they have that many fires in OC? Check out the Police Activity report every week. There are 4,5,10 and some times as high as 20 police-assisted calls for fires. What is going on with that? Is it to justify the number of police positions? Has anyone checked these Police Activity Reports? Councilmen should be checking it.
Virgil Harris February 27, 2014 at 01:14 AM
Eric, confirm one thing for us. Is it true you took papers out to run for an office in oc? and to clarify a fact that was distorted earlier in this commentary. So, the people of the south can't get sand for their beaches and now they want to close their firehouse? That's a bit messed up hahah. and a question for anyone knowledgeable enough to answer it, when shoobies leave for the season, do they pack up their houses too and take them with them? SMALL town SMALL minds! its becoming a theme with you simpletons. A city that has a balanced budget is full of criticism but we live in a country that spends money like the sh%t is going out of style but that's okay. Fight a real battle, losers!
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 01:21 AM
Actually it was just reported in the Gazette that the increase in spending (and the associated tax rate hike) is largely attributable to an increase in employee expenses.
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 01:22 AM
Hey Virgil what do you do for a living that you're up so late?
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 01:27 AM
A $727,000 increase this year. It seems that the only people making money here are either associated with real estate and development or union employees.
Virgil Harris February 27, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Only people making money are those people? Well, then if you don't like it get a better job than a gas station attendant. what are you socialist? You truly are a jackass, I am not in any of those positions but I probably make double any cop or fireman. but enough of me, you ignored all my questions, you self-proclaimed EXPERT!
Chaz Cochran February 27, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Virgil, don't waste your time. Mr. Sauder makes many erroneous and silly statements then dodges when called on the carpet. He recently suggested that the southend beaches are "unusable" (Really??) and southenders have "lost rents". Asked if this was factual, he went silent. He has also stated repeatedly that flood insurance rates are "going through the roof". Media hysteria repeated as fact - not so factual. And this guy wants to run for office? LOL #1 way to attract families to OC: have Mr. Sauder stop bloggin about how horrible OC is!
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 04:30 PM
OK if I must. I know about the situation of the property owners and the beaches on the deep south end because 1) I've been there to check up on the condition of the south end beaches and 2) property owners have stated as much. Actually Chaz most of what I've been posting lately has come from the property owners and citizens of this town. I'm reluctant to get in a pissing match with people who clearly have an agenda. The situation here is what the situation is.
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 04:39 PM
And yes I am running. I'm going to advocate for much needed change and represent the issues that are important to the citizens and property owners of this town. The object is to do what we can to make Ocean City both a better place to live and vacation. And I'm also going to try to bring fiscal responsibility to municipal government. I thoroughly expect to be attacked by the people that benefit the most from how Ocean City is now (and has always been) and by special interests. But that isn't going to dissuade me from representing the citizens of this town. Someone needs to.
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Things are going to change because they have to. Did you watch the Governor's address? What is it 95% of spending goes towards government pensions, health insurance for public workers, and debt service that has accrued because of the former. Its over. We can't afford to continue to operate this way.
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Or to put it a different way only 5% of the state budget is discretionary. That's all that's left after everyone else "gets theirs". Whatever you make of Christie his 2% revenue cap is the only thing that stands is the way between government spending and taxpayer default. We already have the highest taxes in the nation. People, businesses, and jobs are moving out of the state because of it. And the same thing is happening here. Public Service is not all about "me". Its about serving the public.
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 05:25 PM
You know I'm really getting sick of you people. You're compensated at 6 figures. You work two or three days a week. You get paid to sleep on the job. You can retire after 25 years with a pension and lifetime health benefits. You fight what on the average is one fully engaged fire a year. And you're driving this state into bankruptcy. This is what it is to be a "public servant?" How many people that pay for you get that kind of deal? I don't want to work for you anymore. I truly appreciate what you do but this is nuts. And it needs to change.
Eric Sauder February 27, 2014 at 05:30 PM
We need responsible government and I'm going to try to bring it to the local level. We have to honor the agreements we have now but it is suicide to keep on making them.
Colonel February 27, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Mr. Sauder makes a valid point with his 5:25 pm. comment about the pay scale, pensions, and amount of actual time fighting fires. On the overall scale of things, Ocean City fire fighters really have very cushy jobs. The salaries are out of whack with reality.
Virgil Harris February 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
I worked for many years in a big city before my wife and I moved to settle into our dream area in oc. From what I have learned about public service and have utilized them in rural, urban and big urban is that its not how often they work, it is how well they work when they are called! Are you guys saying our services suck? Our police do a wonderful job against people bringing drugs into our city and people coming from out of town looking to jack a few tvs. Our fire department, who saved my wife's life, has a response time that tops a national average with professionals that calmed myself and family during this traumatic situation. Lastly, our public works, the job they did post Sandy was second to none. Did you drive on any other barrier island south or north of oc post the storm? They were a mess some time after the storm, but not oc. Celebrate the greatness in our city, let these people feel the love for once!!!!!!!!!
CleanOC February 28, 2014 at 07:31 AM
if you are going to openly state salaries are out of whack you need to include property values and the economy is out of whack across the entire country. The focus of everyone and everything should be on quality job creation. Cutting everything and creating 10 dollar an hour jobs only helps old people maintain their lifestyle at the expense of our children. It's not an ocean city problem. We need to support good jobs and businesses, not trash and complain.
CleanOC February 28, 2014 at 07:36 AM
When people state their concerns and indicate they have political ambitions it is time for them to state their qualifications and experience as well
Colonel February 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM
CleanOC: You are correct about the need for quality jobs. However, you can't just attach high salaries onto any jobs where the skills required are not very demanding.
Mr. B February 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Thank you for making that comment Colonel. I now know not to ever read your comments again. Are you seriously saying that a firefighter is not highly skilled and non demanding? Is that what you tell yourself cause you failed the test? Unbelievable , have you any idea the skill set required to operate and effectively perform their duties? T he y don't just run through the first door they see.
Eric Sauder February 28, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Looks like you made the hit list Colonel. Welcome aboard. People are saying what they're saying. Its not a matter of whether or not we're providing adequate service. Its a matter of what those services are costing us. It would be nice if we all got that kind of deal but we don't. People working in the private sector are compensated competitively. People working in public service should be compensated competitively too. It is unfair to the taxpayer to have to pay more for those services than we have to. I retired here and am now working fulltime again mostly to pay my taxes. Hey I'm not complaining but I still don't have the money to set aside for my own retirement. Welcome to the real world people.
Eric Sauder February 28, 2014 at 04:32 PM
What your governor is saying is that the State can no longer afford it either and is at risk of going bankrupt. Here we're borrowing $50 million to address our maintenance and infrastructure needs, and I think you'll discover, 5 years from now, that we've only just begun to address those needs. It is clear that we have to do a better job of controlling costs. That 2% revenue cap barely keeps us solvent with the contractual obligations we have with the unions.
Eric Sauder February 28, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Geez I was watching the national news and co-pilots on commercial airlines start at $22,000 / year. Just think of how much safer it would be to fly if we paid them 6 figures.
Mr. B February 28, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Major airline pilots top out at a minimum of 170,000.00 a year, again you cherry pick stats and numbers. get over it Eric, you and your 4 person Community Meetings (LOL) are the very very very small vocal minority.
Eric Sauder February 28, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Well Mr. B I should tell you that there are people that read Patch that would never comment here. You can't blame them right? While I'll admit there are people who don't even know who their councilman is, there are also people out there who are paying attention.
Eric Sauder February 28, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Did Sam tell you that? I saw him at Starbucks. We had another observer at the first one. The last meeting was a small turnout due to the fact I neglected to advertise it in advance. I learned much from listening to the people who were there.
Eric Sauder February 28, 2014 at 09:23 PM
The lowest compensation I could find in the FD was $57.000. The next lowest was somewhere in the $70's. When did we last have a new hire? You know there are so many other issues that are important to the people of this town (those issues are in my reports on those meetings on my blog Counter Point.) This one seems to take on a life of this own.
Bob Booey March 01, 2014 at 10:26 PM
There is compassion between 57,000 and 70,000. I have stated this before about Mr. Sauder, he has an agenda to sell even if it includes lies. When he gets called on his lies and he often does, he says the hit squad is after him. Classic political move. Mr. Sauder is the modern day equivalent of the Vietnam War protesters that spit on returning veterans that were just doing their job. If it was limited to compensation that would be one thing. However, Mr. Sauder attacks these individuals constantly on a personal level questioning their work ethic and dedication to serving the community.
Eric Sauder March 02, 2014 at 03:56 PM
My goodness Booey. Why don't you back up your false accusations with a direct quote? My position is, and has always been, that our firemen are overpaid. And I backed it up with the numbers. I make quite a bit less than that (a competitive wage) and out of that I help pay their salaries. Where is your compassion?
Eric Sauder March 02, 2014 at 04:05 PM
So this comes up every year at budget time huh? I would have to say that there' probably a good reason for that, Why don't you just let it go? I think we could easily cut 5% of the budget across the board which is what I'm proposing. The FD can do that just by cutting into the $500,000 paid out in overtime. Your Fire Chief attributed that to absenteeism. Think you guys can at least make it to work 2 or 3 days a week? Is that asking too much?
Eric Sauder March 02, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Assuming for the moment that I do have it in for the FD who could blame me for all the personal attacks I or anyone else receives for challenging your turf? You people are your own worse enemy. The PD is intelligent enough to stay above the fray. You could learn something from them, You only make enemies with all these personal attacks. I will attempt to bring sound fiscal spending to City government. You can like that or not like that but this kind of crap is a waste of everyone's time. You'll go after anybody and everybody who attempts to wean you from your vein. You went after the chief and after the Mayor too. And I have to tell you, I really don't think this is about public safety anymore.
Eric Sauder March 02, 2014 at 05:39 PM
My apologies to anyone in the FD that these people don't represent.

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