Robert Holmes and Joel Golub: Fire District #3 Commissioner Candidates
Robert Holmes and Joel Golub are seeking election to the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District No. 3, Township of Marlboro in the February 16, 2013 election.
Robert Holmes has been a Fire Commissioner for the last 15 years and currently serves as Chairman. While Bob has been on the Board, the district has maintained the lowest fire budget in the township! The portion of the budget raised through taxation for the proposed 2013 budget has not increased from last year! He has been a firefighter for 47 years with Morganville Independent Fire Company, has served as Marlboro’s OEM coordinator and retired as Marlboro’s Police Chief after serving the Police Department for 35 years. Robert has been active in the Marlboro Township Little League and Pop Warner.
Joel Golub has lived in Morganville for the past ten years and is currently employed as Deputy Fire Commissioner and CIO for the Fire Department – City of New York. Joel has been a firefighter for 40 years serving in all capacities, both administrative and line. He has worked as a public servant for over 35 years and is a current firefighter at Morganville Independent Fire Company. Joel also worked as the Chief Information Officer for NJ TRANSIT and was the longest tenured CIO in public transit in the United States when he retired.
He later spent 2 years supporting technologies for first responders in Southern California before returning to the East Coast to work at FDNY.
Together, Robert and Joel bring eighty seven years of firefighting experience to the Board, will innovate to keep taxes low, are committed to providing the very best of service to the citizens of Morganville and will promote firefighter safety through education and updated equipment. Both candidates support consolidation of operations into one company operating from a central location which minimizes the response time for firefighters to get to any emergency.
In addition, both candidates want to insure that first due fire apparatus arrive at an emergency in the shortest possible time with properly trained and outfitted firefighters. Golub and Holmes say, “All too often, fire apparatus from Morganville Volunteer are responding to emergencies with too few firefighters who are not authorized or trained to wear protective breathing apparatus and without the appropriate fire protection clothing."
They say, “It’s not just about getting to scene – it’s about quickly responding to the emergency, whatever it may be, in a safe and efficient manner, operating effectively to protect life and property and insuring that every firefighter returns safely."
Both candidates understand that to manage and improve the services provided, the Board needs to be able to measure performance. Measuring performance is the first step to understanding and designing improvements and efficiencies. Holmes and Golub say that, “Our opponent states that the Board paid $18,000 for an operations study but has not followed through but they fail to point out to the public that the consultant recommended first, that the district build a new facility. A subsequent survey demonstrated that this option would cost $6,000,000 and the Board rejected this alternative since it was cost prohibitive. The consultant’s next best recommendation was to use the Morganville Independent Firehouse on Rt. 79 due to it’s central location in the district but our opponents have not supported this recommendation and further, have taken steps that place the public in jeopardy by advocating the move of equipment out of the recommended firehouse”.
“In addition, both our opponents have stated that the Board is proposing to spend public money on renovating the firehouse on Rt. 79 and they are simply wrong and haven’t taken the time to research this issue. Morganville Ind. Firehouse has secured a SBA loan and has not asked for any public funding. As a matter of fact, both fire companies submitted plans and Independent’s was approximately $500,000 using no public funds while Volunteer was approximately $1,000,000 with the use of public funds. It is unconscionable that our opponents haven’t disclosed all this information to the public”, say Holmes and Golub.
Holmes and Golub state that “The $600,000 cost for equipment also referenced by their opponents is to purchase a new pumper/brush truck that replaces a dilapidated 25 year old fire truck. We will never allow firefighters to operate equipment that is unsafe and dangerous. One of our opponents has no firefighting experience and we are puzzled by their statements, since they both attended the special public meeting where this issue was presented and passed without any comments or objections from them or the rest of the public. The truck is being purchased with reserve funds that were saved over the years for this very purpose and there is no impact to the tax rate for 2013”.
“Our opponents are misinformed and again have misled the public by stating that the Board is not transparent in posting financial information and Board minutes on the web when the Board has had an active website for the last two years. Residents can access the website by going to http://marlborofiredist3.org/home.html”.
Holmes and Golub together, bring experience, integrity and innovation to the Board! They invite voters to ask any questions by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling 732-713-7854.
The Fire District election will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Morganville Fire House, 78 Tennent Road, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Both candidates request the support of all registered voters and would invite all voters to attend the monthly Board meetings held the second Monday of each Month.