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Concerns Regarding M-2 Development Plans: Need for PUBLIC SAFETY

From: domainremoved <Chuck>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:44:25 -0800

Dear Council Members:

This is not an official communication from the Menlo Park Fire Protection
District, though I am a board member of that agency and have attended
several planning meetings as a representative of the agency. I am also a
member of our local Community Emergency Response Team for the Willows

Despite several pleas from the public as well as our agency, there is still
no mention of PUBLIC SAFETY as a priority in the drafts documents pertaining
to the M-2 area. This should be remedied now.

Development on the scale anticipated will undoubtedly increase the needs for
emergency services, the demands for water (and water pressure), the use of
existing access routes, and the required capabilities of emergency
equipment. These factors, in turn, will affect the Fire District's ability
to respond to emergencies effectively and in a timely manner.

If nothing is done, response times will suffer and existing equipment, even
if it can reach the emergency site, will be inadequate to service the
additional needs created. In short, there will be impacts of development
that must be mitigated. Establishing who will be responsible should be done
at the front end of the planning process, before the development rights are
given away, so that the city and its various special districts will be able
to maintain the quality of life that residents have come to expect.

Please include public safety as a priority for any new development.

     --Chuck Bernstein
        444 Oak Court
        Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Tue Dec 16 2014 - 15:38:43 PST

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