Note from Bert: in almost a year of me attending these meetings, several “neighborhoods issues” recur constantly:
April NAC meeting highlights
Presentation on the File of Life, Yellow Dot, and other programs at the Pinehurst Fire Department- Carlton Cole, Fire Chief
Mayor Fiorillo introduced Carlton Cole, the Fire Chief for the Village of Pinehurst, to discuss the new File of Life Program, Yellow Dot, and other programs at the Fire Department.
Chief Cole gave an overview of the duties of the Fire Department. He noted in addition to the basic fire duties, the department is responsible for fire inspection services to all businesses, emergency preparedness for the Village of Pinehurst, and educational events in schools, daycare, and businesses. Chief Cole also noted the department holds a Junior Fire Academy and they give free child car seat inspections.
Chief Cole shared the Fire Department participates in the Yellow Dot program which allows individuals to complete a medical form that is placed in a yellow envelope and stored in the glove box in the individual’s vehicles in case of an accident. The Fire Department recently implemented the File of Life program which is similar to the Yellow Dot program but the magnetic red pouch is to be stored on a home refrigerator for emergency responders to find information when responding to emergencies at homes. File of Life is a nationwide program. Chief Cole encouraged residents to stop by the fire station to receive the Yellow Dot and File of Life packets.
Chief Cole opened the floor for questions. He explained how emergency responses are prioritized and who is dispatched to respond. He also explained the training that the staff at the fire department has completed for medical emergency preparedness.
Chief Cole shared that the fire department has a restored fire truck from 1937 and it is about 95% completed. Chief Cole discussed the importance of large reflective signage numbers for homes for emergency responses. Chief Cole also explained the use of heat detectors in attics and crawl spaces for additional protection beyond interior smoke alarms. Christy Eibel noted that the fire department even performs water rescues on Lake Pinehurst.
The committee discussed several other topics and asked Chief Cole questions about specific situations.
May NAC meeting
Melissa Swarbrick from the Civic Group outlined an idea to enable the various neighborhoods in Pinehurst to gather in a public setting to give presentations about their neighborhoods. The objective is to create higher awareness of the various neighborhoods and share best practices in how to communicate among the citizens and create more community spirit at all levels. She asked the representatives for their input and ideas on how this might best work.
June NAC meeting
I. Melissa Swarbrick explained there will be a concert on the Village Green for the community sponsored by the Civic Group and they invite NAC volunteers to attend the next board meeting on Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00pm at Village Hall to go through more details on this upcoming event. The Civic Group is also recruiting more board members so please let Ms. Swarbrick know if you know anyone who would be interested.
II. Village of Pinehurst FY 2016 Strategic Operating Plan Update
Natalie Dean, Assistant Village Manager of Administration, presented information the FY 2016 Strategic Operating Plan. Ms. Dean shared the Budget in Brief document with the members of the NAC. Ms. Dean shared the page on the Village website where the full information on the Strategic Operating Plan and Budget is located. Ms. Dean reviewed Council’s 9 goals for FY 2016. Ms. Dean noted the budget contains a tax rate of $0.29 per $100 valuation for FY 2016 which is one cent less than the revenue neutral tax rate. Ms. Dean shared there are 35 initiatives in the Strategic Operating Plan for the upcoming year and highlighted several of the major initiatives planned for the year. The committee held a short discussion about the items included in the Strategic Operating Plan.
Discussion about potential enhancements to the NAC- Lauren Craig, Village Clerk Lauren Craig, Village Clerk, discussed potential enhancements to the Neighborhood Advisory Committee. Ms. Craig gave background on the NAC when it was created in 2008 and summarized the current structure of the committee. Ms. Craig shared the Village Council formed a consensus at the June 9 Village Council meeting to support enhancement efforts for the NAC. Ms. Craig explained that a team would be established to work on enhancement ideas. This group would create a purpose statement, draft a resolution to establish purpose, membership, and responsibilities, review neighborhood representation, and determine how Village staff can support efforts to reach more citizens. Ms. Craig noted the next steps were to establish a team to work on these enhancements so a status update could be shared at the September NAC meeting before the details were finalized for implementation. The committee held a discussion about the ideas for enhancements. Ms. Craig asked for anyone interested in serving on this committee, and meeting several times over the next few months, to please email by the end of the week.
— Reported by Bert Higgins