Fairview Council Receives Updates on Fire Station Study and Approve Zoning Change Requests
Apr. 2, 2019 – Residents of Cornerstone Ranch led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas pledge to begin the Fairview Town Council meeting. Following the pledges, Mayor Darion Culbertson presented two proclamations. One proclamation declared the month of Apr. 2019 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the Town of Fairview. This proclamation was accepted by a representative of The Turning Point, a rape crisis located in Plano. The other proclamation declared the month of Apr. 2019 to also be Autism Awareness Month in the Town of Fairview. This proclamation was accepted by residents and staff of Cornerstone Ranch.
Results from the annual independent audit (fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2018) were presented. (To see the audit report, go to https://fairviewtexas.org/departments/finance.html) The results were favorable and the auditing representative from Weaver and Tidwell said that Fairview is in “…a healthy range as far as how much operating expenses are in your general funds.”
Next on the agenda was a presentation from Mike Montgomery with ESCI (Emergency Services Consulting International) regarding fire operations. (To read the report, go to https://fairviewtexas.org/images/Fairview_TX_Agency_Eval_Final_Report.pdf. To read an article summarizing the findings, go to Lovejoy Messenger, Apr. 4, 2019 issue, page 2.) The first two key findings from the report state: There is a need for two stations. Current stations are located in the right place. Montgomery said, “During site visits, what really stood out was the professionalism and focus on customer service of this department. Congratulations to everyone on that.” He said they found no need to add a second medic unit...yet. He reviewed trigger points as to when he would recommend doing so. Council member Tony Mattei asked for an elaboration on performance metrics. Montgomery replied this related primarily to response times. Council member Cynthia Brugge asked about the recommended amount of staff per truck. Montgomery replied that four firefighters per truck is standard in urban environments. It is legally permissible if a crew of two firefighters arrives first on scene, and there is a need to rescue someone, then those two can enter the structure. Council member Mattei asked if firefighters leave towns because they want more action. Montgomery responded, “Hire for fit. In the selection process, communicate the call level. The firefighters I have interviewed at Fairview were hired to fit.” Council member Roland Feldman asked where automatic aid has worked and why townships had entered those agreements. Montgomery responded, “As long as it is seen as reciprocal, it worked. They start with small communities and when they get bigger, mutual aid goes away. I haven’t seen an instance where this doesn’t work. Make sure the levels of training of those in mutual aid are trained at the same level as Fairview FR.”
Residents in attendance were invited to speak on this matter. A resident asked what is the difference between a paramedic and an EMT. Chief Jeff Bell responded, “EMTs assess the situation and can handle basic trauma, pack wounds, etc. A paramedic provides a higher level of care.” A resident asked, “Are firefighters asking for anything relative to the new station that will help them do their job better?” Chief Bell described the current station as not having an efficient layout which increases response time. A resident said that there was nothing in the report about how many ambulance transports occurred in Fairview or about the police. Montgomery responded those topics were outside the scope of their study. A resident stated that with the population size of Fairview, he felt there was a need for a second ambulance. Montgomery said, “If funding was available, I would add another ambulance.” A resident said that instead of building a fire station, they should just build something for an ambulance.
Sometime after 10 p.m., a presentation was given by a representative from NTTA regarding Red Thumb Day (a program focused on the importance of not texting and driving). Mayor Culbertson presented her with a proclamation declaring Apr. 23, 2019, Red Thumb Day in Fairview.
A public hearing was held to consider approval of an ordinance on a request for a Conditional Use Permit for an accessory structure. This is the third accessory structure that will be on the property, which puts him above the allowed limit. The 1.05 acre site is located on Sloan Crossing. The owner/applicant, Curtis Campbell, explained that he is a master gardener and will use the shed for gardening tools. The President of the Oakwood HOA informed that the HOA had approved the request. He added, “He does a lot of work on his yard. If you drive by his house, you will think it’s a golf course.” Council approved this request unanimously.
A public hearing was held to consider approval of an ordinance on a request for a change in zoning from the agriculture district to the two-acre ranch estate district. The 11.8 acre site is located on the west side of the intersection of Orr Road and Fitzhugh Mill Road. The applicant, Dan Anderson, represented owners Ted and Ruth Kerico. Council member Brugge said she went to view the property and said, “I compliment you on the work that has been done. I just wanted to have a picnic on your property. I know they will be beautiful properties.” She said that nearby residents have told her they are concerned with some unfinished business, that of the continued trails that go through Fairview. She said, “One goal is to have continued trails through Fairview, in order to have the trail, I hope to clarify with the owner how we will have access to the trails. If not addressed now, the owners of the property might put up improvements that can’t be reversed. We want to address now what kind of plan does the owner have to work with us.” Anderson said that they had made arrangements for the trail within the parameter of the easement. Mention was made about a natural spring and drainage problems regarding the trail. Brugge suggested granite versus concrete trail. A resident who lives on Summit Court said, “The work that is done there will be the most spectacular in all the city. It has given us an enhanced sense of arrival, we’re happy they are coming.” He went on to voice concern over how unsafe it is to walk on Orr Road. He wants a trail sooner than later so that his kids can use it before they are “grown and gone”. Brugge said she was concerned about changing the zone from ag to two acre before an agreement was made about the trail. Town Manager Julie Couch said you can’t put requirements on a zoning change. Motion for approval for the zoning change was approved unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 12:37 a.m.