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April 8, 2013

Girdler rips Somerset-Pulaski United

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But Bourne did note that the issue seemed to appear with no warning to the city. 
“This seems to have come up all of a sudden ... it just hit us all at once without any warning whatsoever,” Bourne said. “It would’ve been nice if we could’ve had a little bit of time to prepare for this.”
Jim Rutherford said he will listen to the group’s presentation, but he wondered aloud what spurred the effort to bring about a merged city-county government. 
“Either ... the EMS problem precipitated this committee ... or it was already in the planning stages before the EMS problem (came) forward,” said Rutherford. “I’m confused ... If we’re not doing things effectively as a city and a county government, this should’ve been brought to our attention a long time ago.
“You all are well-organized and well voiced and well-versed in the needs (of the community),” Rutherford told the group. “It can’t be just about EMS.”
The group formally requested Monday that they be placed on the council agenda for its next meeting on April 22. 
Group members are expected to also appear in Pulaski County Fiscal Court this morning to ask that the county help fund the study — something the city is declining to do, as per the resolution. 
But Girdler had some final words for the group members. 
“In two weeks, don’t ask for money,” said Girdler. “ ... Don’t put the city council on the spot without doing your job. We’ve got too many intelligent people (in the group) that’s ... done everything wrong.”
Girdler said Somerset-Pulaski County United, which has about 60 members, shouldn’t ask any government for help in funding the study. 
“Surely to goodness you can take $500 apiece and do it yourself,” Girdler said. “Why ask the city and county for any money? You want to do a study, do it yourself. Don’t ask the taxpayers to do your dirty work. 

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