In the fall of 2007, Turlock's mayor and other city officials were made aware of the lack of planning to replace the Fire Museum that was torn down. One room planned in the new station could never be considered a museum and will have almost no room for memorabilia. In December, during the Christmas rush, a vote was hastily taken, knowing that few citizens would be in attendance. The council voted 3-2 to accept Fire Chief Mark Langley's recommendation to tear down the old station.
Members of the Turlock Historical Society have asked to speak before the council and present the hundreds of signatures from citizens requesting they save the old station for what could be a one-of-a-kind museum. They have been refused. All of this to tear down a historic building to gain four or five parking spaces and a lawn the chief wants.
I hope the next time Turlock's citizens elect council members, they choose candidates willing to listen to them and not city employees who don't even live in Turlock.
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