Letter: Sanbornton is short-changing residents on safety

Thursday, October 05, 2017

There is a lack of police coverage by our Sanbornton Police Department each day between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m.

We are told that during that time the state police will respond to our calls, but it seems that the estimated response by state police troopers could be at least a half hour to an hour or more.

The selectmen seem satisfied with that coverage because they have chosen to go without the sixth authorized officer, and contracted with a local attorney as the town prosecutor, but I don’t think that most of the taxpayers of Sanbornton are aware of this arrangement.

I think we and our families would feel safer with our own officers protecting us at all times. It looks like Sanbornton is having a problem recruiting and retaining key personnel. There is no highway director, no town planner, no transfer station manager, no part-time attendant at the transfer station, no deputy treasurer, and last but not least, no zoning administrator. What’s next?

I am all for saving our tax dollars but the lack of key personnel could cost us more in the end.

Bill Whalen