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2018 City of Menlo Park Work Plan - Fire Chiefs Support and Request

From: Schapelhouman, Harold <"Schapelhouman,>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:53:02 +0000

Hello Jen and Menlo Park City Council Members

The Fire District recently purchased land from Saint Patrick’s Seminary that fronts Middlefield Road and better aligns with Linfield Drive.

While we are currently finishing Fire Station Six, which we anticipate will be fully completed by June, our staff is starting to program our vision for Fire Station One, which we anticipate will be a two phase project due to both practical/operational necessity and funding. Once programmed, the project will go to the Fire Board for discussion and review, but the Fire Board has already expressed its strong support for this improved Middlefield crossing.

This proposed project could easily be included in the Station One redesign and the shared benefit and joint funding split between the City and the Fire District would be in the best interests of the community because it would help to improve safety for both the public crossing Middlefield Road and fire personnel responding to emergencies from this location.

Please consider this as a high priority “joint project” for your 2018 work plan meeting. I would be happy to discuss this with anyone who is interested.

Thank you

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Harold Schapelhouman
Fire Chief
Menlo Park Fire Protection District | 170 Middlefield Road | Menlo Park, CA 94025<x-apple-data-detectors://0/0>
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On Jan 21, 2018, at 11:10 AM, Jennifer Wolosin <jenwolosin_at_(domainremoved)

Dear City Council Members,

Thank you again for all of the thoughtful work you do on behalf of our city. Your public service is greatly appreciated.

On Tuesday night you will be discussing the priorities to be included in the 2018 Council Work Plan in anticipation of your goal setting meeting to be held on January 29th. One year ago you included the Willows Neighborhood Complete Streets Study (which includes the Laurel Safe Routes to School Study) and the initiation of a Citywide Safe Routes to School Program in your 2017 goals. Thank you again. Parents for Safe Routes strongly encourages you to maintain these two priorities at the top of your list. Given the continued challenges that kids face daily trying to get to school safely, it is critical that these projects move forward in a timely manner.

In addition to the continued focus on the above-mentioned priorities, we would also like to see the City prioritize the Middlefield Road and Linfield Drive Crosswalk Improvements. This past summer, the Menlo Park Fire District generously offered to fund 50% of a much-needed safety improvement at this crossing location. Rather than pushing for the project at that time and likely upending other approved projects, Parents for Safe Routes honored the City's prioritization process and decided to wait until the appropriate time to lobby for this improvement. That time is now. Please do not forget the over 70 people who signed a petition to the Fire Board back in June, the 10 who wrote personal letters to the Fire Chief and the handful who spoke up at the Fire Board meeting. The Almanac article about this project is here https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2017/06/22/menlo-park-fire-district-offers-175k-for-special-crossing-lights and the presentation we made, including many public comments, to the Fire Board can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQP_q_YrkC8&t=1075s. I'm happy to provide additional information on this topic if desired.

We would also encourage you to leave room in your Work Plan for smaller infrastructure improvements. Whether it's a simple crosswalk or patch of missing sidewalk, it is critical that enough staff capacity exists to address relative "low hanging fruit" issues. Perhaps "Increasing Staff Capacity" should be one of your priorities. It's the little things that can often have the greatest impact on our quality of life.

In general, as you move forward with your prioritization process, please ask yourselves, what can we do to make life safer and better for those most vulnerable in our community? While many items are "nice to have", given our unprecedented traffic safety issues, please give top priority to kids, that simply want to get to school safely.

Thank you for your consideration.


P.S. Sharon Road Sidewalk Installation would help a great many kids trying to get to La Entrada safely. It would also tie in well with the work the County is doing along this corridor.
Jen Wolosin
Parents for Safe Routes
Received on Mon Jan 22 2018 - 08:56:29 PST

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