Tonight: Atherton, fire district hold joint meeting

Meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Holbrook-Palmer Park pavilion

The relationship between Atherton and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has been strained since the town announced in September it was thinking of hiring a consultant to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of fire district services in Atherton. The study would look at revenues the fire district receives from Atherton property owners, and how much it costs the district to provide services to the town.

The Atherton City Council and the fire district's governing board will hold a joint meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.

While a discussion of fire district finances is not on the agenda, several other matters are:

• How to educate the community about disaster preparedness, including information about an amateur radio network, local assembly points, and the Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team (ADAPT)'s disaster equipment caches.

• The recently completed Marsh Road project and future fire district access issues on the road.

• Traffic issues including the future of El Camino Real, bicycle paths, roundabouts and traffic-management measures.

• The fire district's plans for its Almendral Avenue station.

• How the fire district responds to medical calls.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

I'm so pleased to learn the two groups will be meeting. This type of collaboration provides a forum and an opportunity to openly discuss topics of mutual concern.

Public Safety whether at a national level or at a local level is of utmost concern. It is often said, there is strength in numbers, which in this case blends the Atherton City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's views on topics important to local residents, business and industry.

We look to our elected officials for answers. The combined meeting of the five Council Members and the five District Members, along with the assistance of staff, with patience and persistence, in a positive and professional way can help to create an array of services, second to none.

I commend the two groups in taking time to meet and look forward to their continued efforts in working together in providing a legendary service for the communities they serve.

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