Fairview Town Council Welcomes its 14th Police Officer; Celebrates Planning Director Alan Efrussy
Officer Corey Braggs was welcomed by the Fairview Town Council at its meeting of Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, Braggs is the 14th member of the Fairview Police Department. Town Secretary Tenitrus Bethel administered the oath of office to Braggs as members of his family and six members of the police force looked on. Chief Granver Tolliver then presented Braggs with his badge, hat, and one bullet.
Alan Efrussy has served as Fairview’s Planning Director since October 2002 and is largely responsible for many of the protocols and processes that have guided the town’s development in the last seventeen years. Prior to joining Fairview government, Efrussy enjoyed a lengthy career in urban planning serving several communities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Marking his retirement, Mayor Darion Culbertson presented Efrussy with a Proclamation designating the week of January 7-11 as “Alan Efrussy Week” in the Town of Fairview in recognition of his distinguished 51-year career. Council members and residents offered Efrussy a robust standing ovation for his service to Fairview, the surrounding communities and the cities he served in the upper Midwest.
In other action, Town Manager Julie Couch informed the Council that staff is analyzing measures taken in December to mitigate a water line break that interrupted water service to several neighborhoods in Fairview December 4-5 and resulted in the loss of 4-5 million gallons of water. The Town’s Water Department staff quickly and efficiently responded to the emergency. Mayor Culbertson announced his intention to treat members of the Water Department’s staff to a barbecue luncheon in appreciation, the staff is continuing to review actions that were taken in order to ensure that future emergencies are managed as quickly and effectively as possible based upon what may be learned from the December incident.
Town Engineer James Chancellor, PE, briefed the board about the remaining construction that must take place to complete the expansion of Stacy Road to four lanes. Currently construction is focused on completing the side street tie-ins such as at Allen Heights Boulevard and Angel Parkway. In answer to a question from Council Member Mattei, Chancellor assured that the apparent discrepancy in elevations of the new roadway and existing roads will be minimized once final paving takes place. Unless weather further delays construction, the project should be completed by late January or early February.
Construction along East Stacy Road, from Thompson Springs Road to Orr Road is proceeding on schedule. The construction of a temporary traffic lane is nearly completed and northbound traffic will soon be routed along the newly paved roadway (final plans call for the asphalt to be covered with a substantial layer of concrete).
Chancellor also briefed the Council on the status of the Sloan Creek Trail project. Collin County has approved a subsidy of $385,000 for its construction while the developer of property at the north end of the trail has committed $400,000 to its construction. Chancellor is preparing to let bids on the construction now that financing is in place.
Council work sessions for the purpose of finalizing details regarding the proposed construction of a new Fire Station No. 1, a measure that will appear on the ballot of the May 2019 election, were announced for January 9 at 3:30 pm; January 16 at 4:30 pm; and, January 24 at 4:30 pm.