by Matt Williams
Between 100 and 150 community members jammed the East Davis Fire House Wednesday evening from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Fifty of the community were provided seats, but the rest of the attendees were forced to stand.
In attendance from the City were:
Mayor Brett Lee,
Council Member Lucas Frerichs,
City Manager Mike Webb,
Public Works Director Bob Clarke,
City Engineer Diana Jensen,
Assisant City Engineer (Traffic) Brian Mickelson, and
Acting Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
After a brief, and contentious, overview presentation by Mayor Lee and Brian Mickelson, close to 50 questions were taken from the audience, many of which were written on flip chart sheets and taped to the wall of the fire house.
Acting Fire Chief Reilly responded to the fire safety concerns by noting that the concerns identified are not as bad as other places he has dealt with in his 44-year fire career. He noted that his experience is that once sirens and bull horns start blaring people and vehicles do get out of the way, even in the face of the tight quarters that the newly constructed concrete barriers create.
Mayor Lee and Councilmember Frerichs assured the assembled multitude that they would provide answers to the questions they had heard.
There were probably questions that were missed by the City Staff, so here on the Vanguard and in Nextdoor, participants who want to ensure that their questions are recorded and answered by the Mayor, Councilmember and/or City staff should either submit those questions in writing here and/or in Nextdoor.com, or submit them directly to the City at the following addresses:
Mayor Brett Lee who can be e-mailed at email@example.com
Councilmember Lucas Frerichs who can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
City Manager Mike Webb who can be e-mailed at email@example.com
For those who submit their questions here on there Vanguard or on Next-door, I will confirm that your question is actually in the list recorded by the City at the meeting, or is added to their list if it is not there.
El Macero resident, and
Chair of the City of Davis Finance and Budget Commission