August 15, 2013
State Police disappear on Sunday
Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Gov. Peter Shumlin. Williston police officers are on duty 24/7, but are dispatched remotely on weekends and nights, according to Sgt. Justin Huizenga. Police can be reached at 878-6611.
On Sunday, Aug. 11, around midday, I heard firing, probably a large-gauge shotgun in the woods near my house in northern Williston. This is a violation of a town ordinance. Normally this area is very quiet, so in itself this gunfire was rather alarming.
But because it was a Sunday, a day when I knew the Williston police go fishing, or whatever, I dialed the Williston State Police barracks, just to get this matter on the record, and perhaps get some official to look into the matter.
But at the State Police Barracks, NO ONE PICKED UP. AND NO ANSWERING MACHINE CAME ON.
I let the phone ring, and ring. Still no answer at the Williston State Police Barracks.
Perhaps I should have dialed 911, and said, “Help, the emergency is that the Williston State Police Barracks is not answering their phone. Maybe they have been overcome by terrorists.” (A real possibility, these days.)
But of course I did not do this. Instead, I telephoned Mr. Macaig, head of the Williston Selectboard. We had a long and desultory and good-natured conversation, and he said he would bring this matter up at the Selectboard meeting scheduled for the next day, Aug. 12.
But, Gov. Shumlin, I am writing to you, Sir, because as Governor you have ultimate responsibility for public safety in the State of Vermont. I think it essential that you be informed that at least in this one town (and possibly others), there may be no police availability on weekends.
Carol C. Wagner