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Viewpoint - July 9, 2014

Letter: City's inaction on fire station plan a mystery

The Menlo Park fire board resolution passed on (June 30) regarding Station 6 reads: "The Fire Board hereby determines that since the City of Menlo Park is unwilling to proceed expeditiously regarding Station 6 that no additional expenditures will be made to rebuild Station 6 at its current location and the District will consider alternative sites." This resolution correctly lays the blame for inaction squarely on the city of Menlo Park.

It is a mystery why the parcel purchased by the fire district in 2008 that was to enhance the rebuilding of the station was not included in the specific plan area. There are no less than 13 communications from the fire district via letters and appearances at Planning Commission or City Council meetings in an 18-month period that the fire district sought assistance regarding the parcel it purchased and wanted to use for its building plans.

Most egregious, the day before the council approved the specific plan on June 5, 2012, Fire Chief Schapelhouman again wrote to then Mayor Kirsten Keith and Vice Mayor Peter Ohtaki repeating the fire district's plea to consider flexibility regarding the Station 6 redevelopment plans.

Some say that the specific plan took seven years to create and should be left as it is. I support the SaveMenlo initiative because there are unintended consequences of the specific plan that need to be addressed

Brielle Johnck Central Avenue, Menlo Park


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