The Connecticut Post's Anne M. Amato sure has a unique story from Shelton. The state of the radio system used by the Shelton Fire Department has become a campaign issue with current Mayor Mark Lauretti strongly disputing claims of just how bad the system is. On the other side of the issue is Lauretti's opponent, Chris Jones, who is a volunteer firefighter in Shelton.
To solve the radio issues the city applied to FEMA for a $1 million grant. One line written by the city grant writer reads, "Safety cannot be guaranteed with odds of 50/50, for if our luck runs out, we could be faced with tragedy."
So how will FEMA react when they find out the mayor indicated in some very strong language that what the city wrote on its grant application is a lie.
But Mayor Mark A. Lauretti Monday disputed the claim that the radio system fails that often, even though that's the number cited in the federal grant application.
"That's bull—-," the mayor said.
"I know the equipment is old and has shortcomings and needs to be replaced, but I don't agree that it fails 50 percent of the time," he said. "They put that in the grant application, and I don't believe it's true."
Chris Jones, a city firefighter who is challenging Lauretti in the November election, said he's seen the radio failures firsthand.
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