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Fwd: Thank You!

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:20:47 -0700

Dear City Council Members,

Congrats on passing a balanced budget last night! Thank you again for all
of the Safe Routes initiatives in the 2017 budget - we are excited to work
with the City in any way to help make these project as successful as
possible.

As I mentioned last night, the Fire District voted to direct Chief
Schapelhouman to negotiate/discuss with the City of Menlo Park the
installation of a double HAWK beacon in front of Station 1 on Middlefield
(between Santa Monica and Linfield). The Fire District authorized the Chief
to fund 50% of the cost of the device, up to $175,000 (based on the cost of
a HAWK beacon on El Camino Real at Almendral). Furthermore, in case the
City of Menlo Park isn't able to identify funds in its 2017 budget, the
Fire District is prepared to front the entire cost (up to $350,000), with
the expectation of being reimbursed by Menlo Park in the 2018 budget.
Parents for Safe Routes strongly endorsed this proposal and has now
obtained 80 signatures on a petition to the Fire District supporting its
approval.

We realize that there is a process for adding new projects to the City's
workload and that there are a limited amount of resources available. That
being said, the current crossing at Middlefield at this location is
dangerous, and immediate attention to this intersection would have a huge
public safety benefit.

The Fire District has done their part, recognizing the urgency of the
situation and allocating funds to improve the crossing. However, the Fire
District can not solve this problem on their own. Due to the City's
ownership of the road, the City must be the lead agency in terns of road
design and implementation. Furthermore, due to the huge community benefits
that this project delivers to the City of Menlo Park (Safe Route to
Hillview [170-190 kids traveling from the area of town that would utilize
this crossing] and safe crossing for all cyclists and pedestrians looking
to access Burgess Park, City Hall, the train station, downtown - and
tie-ins to City projects such as the Oak Grove Bike Pilot and the Middle
Ave. Under-crossing), it is critical that the City work with the Fire
District to share this project.

Parents for Safe Routes is all about building a community partnership in
Menlo Park to benefit kids getting to school, and to improve the quality of
life for all of us. The HAWK on Middlefield is a perfect opportunity to
demonstrate and affirm Menlo Park's commitment to this ideal. Please do
what you can to work in partnership and to expedite this safety measure.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Jen

P.S. Attached are the following: Article from today's Daily Post about the
Fire District's Vote, Parents for Safe Routes' presentation to Fire Board,
Presentation by Jonathan Weiner on the proposed design of the HAWK crossing.
-- 
*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
www.parents4saferoutes.org
jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)415.710.5838 <(415)%20710-5838>
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Subject: Thank You!
To: "Schapelhouman, Harold" <harolds_at_(domainremoved)rexfordi_at_(domainremoved)roberts_at_(domainremoved)Cc: "Radcliffe, Michelle" <mradcliffe_at_(domainremoved)mkneier_at_(domainremoved)Dear Chief Schapelhouman and Board Directors,
A huge THANK YOU for your support last night for a double HAWK beacon in
front of Station 1 on Middlefield. As we all discussed, the creation of a
safety zone in front of the fire station will have a multitude of benefits,
for firefighters, kids and the community at large. Your sense of urgency
and dedication to a community partnership in the name of public safety came
out loud and clear last night. It was a pleasure to witness your thoughtful
consideration of the agenda item and your support for it.
Upon leaving your meeting, I went straight to the Menlo Park City Council
meeting and during their agenda item on the budget, I informed them of your
decision to partially fund the HAWK. I challenged them to work with the
Fire District to fund and implement this safety measure as quickly as
possible. Mayor Keith said she would look into taking it up on a [future]
agenda. You can see my comment and her reply here: http://www.menlopark.org
/694/Watch-public-meetings. Time stamp 3:27:15.
Parents for Safe Routes is committed to working with both the City and the
Fire District to see this project, and future safety measures, implemented
as quickly as possible.
Thank you again for your incredible support!
Very sincerely,
Jen
P.S. Attached is a Daily Post article from today about your meeting last
night ("Proposed stoplight gets green light").
-- 
*Jen Wolosin*
Parents for Safe Routes
www.parents4saferoutes.org
jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)415.710.5838 <(415)%20710-5838>



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