Lucas City Council Celebrates 125th Anniversary of the Good Shepherd Church and EMS Rescue of Lucas Resident
Lucas Mayor Jim Olk opened the December 6, 2018 meeting of the Lucas City Council by presenting two proclamations; one celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, a second commending the successful life-saving response and efforts of the City of Wylie Public Safety Dispatchers, paramedics and Emergency Technicians that saved the life of Lucas resident John Frazier.
Organized in 1893, the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, conducted worship services at the Winningkoff School House before moving into its own building in 1896, which was then known as Blythe Chapel Methodist Church at Winningkoff. In 1967, the church building was moved from its original site to a four-acre parcel in Lucas. The move was made difficult because roadways were not wide enough to accommodate the building. It was ultimately moved down a dry creek bed and located on the other side.
On December 5, 1983, First Methodist Church Lucas celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The church changed its name in 2007 to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and dedicated a historical marker at the original site of the Winnningkoff School. The proclamation commemorates the 125th Anniversary of the church.
Mayor Olk then called nine members of Lucas Fire-Rescue team, the City of Wylie Public Safety Communications Dispatchers, and the victim, John Frasier and his wife Heidi forward. The proclamation explains that on October 11, 2018 Karsen Knight and Tiffany Hoover received a 911 call from Heidi Frazier informing them that her husband John was unresponsive. The dispatchers calmly instructed Mrs. Frazier how to conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while they dispatched Lucas Fire-Rescue. The paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on site within 4 minutes. Frazier was successfully resuscitated.
The Lucas City Council Proclamation recognizes the heroic efforts of Wylie Dispatchers Karsen Knight and Tiffany Hoover; Heidi Frazier; John Frazier; Lucas Fire-Rescue Chief Craig Zale; Captain Ethan Carver; Lucas Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Dunham; Lucas Fire-Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic Victor Jones; Lucas Fire-Rescue Firefighters/Paramedic Joe Krizan; Lucas Fire-Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Malik; and, probationary Volunteer Emergency Responder Brandon McVean.
In other business, Council was assured by Town Engineer Stanton Foerster that installation of a left turn lane along Parker Road into the Kirkland Estates neighborhood is proceeding on schedule.
Council discussed several appointments that must be made to the Parks and Open Space Board, Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Commission and a new Technology Committee. It was decided that the City Manager Joni Clarke and staff would conduct initial interviews of candidates now pending before Council and report its findings and recommendations at a subsequent Council meeting.
Council addressed revisions to a building regulation involving the installation of digital network nodes in public right-of-way by network providers. The proposed revisions are intended to ensure that Lucas’ ordinance is aligned with the requirements of Texas State Law. Those revisions were adopted unanimously.
Councilmember Wayne Millsap recommended that the Council adopt a formal Communications Policy to define when and how city staff and councilmembers should respond to inquiries and other communications from residents. City Manager Clarke will propose such a policy at a subsequent meeting of the Council.
The December 20, 2018 meeting of the Lucas City Council was cancelled.