Emergency responders who likely saved the life of a child in July will be put forward for Star of Life awards as well as local honors.
Fire Chief Jim Baldwin said in Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that he is recommending three Fayetteville firemen and four Lincoln Health System EMS responders for Star of Life awards as a result of their work on July 2, when they responded to a call involving a child in cardiac arrest.
Being put forth for the honor are Capt. Jeff Smartt, an emergency medical responder; Firefighter Dalton Smartt, an advanced emergency medical technician; Firefighter Kole Jean; Chad Brown, a critical care paramedic and assistant director of LHS EMS; Kevin Strickland, a paramedic with LHS EMS; Marty Mathis, an advanced emergency medical technician with LHS EMS; and Casey Durham, a critical care paramedic with LHS EMS.
“Since being taken to Vanderbilt Hospital, that child I believe has now returned home,” Baldwin said. “I would like to recommend these crews for a life-saving award not only through the State of Tennessee but also for recognition here in the City of Fayetteville.”
The emergency responders are expected to be recognized during the October session of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
An ordinance regulating the use of engine compression devices, commonly referred to as Jake brakes, failed for the lack of a second during the City Board meeting.
Clarifying the proposed ordinance, City Attorney Johnny Hill explained that it would not make the use of Jake brakes illegal, but rather, it would require vehicles to have mufflers that would mitigate the loud sounds typically emitted when the engine compression devices are used. According to the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), he said, there is federal legislation that would pre-empt the city from outlawing the use of the brakes outright.
Violation could have resulted in a $50 fine, officials noted as they went on to discuss the ordinance, which has been the focus of talks in recent months as a result of residents voicing concerns over the noise created when the devices are utilized.
“I just don’t see a reason that we should not pass this ordinance,” said Alderman Donna Hartman as she made a motion that the ordinance be approved. “One, for quality of life – I think the loud noise is disturbing all hours of the day and night to residential and business areas.
“There’s no reason that our residents should be awakened from a deep sleep because of this noise,” she continued, adding that the noise also impacts residents at local nursing homes and those attending and participating in such events as Music in the Park and ballgames. “In regard to public works, I know that the streets, with these trucks coming in at excessive speeds, instead of braking as they should and using their truck brakes, they’re using their compression brakes, so it’s causing ruts and wearing down the pavement.”
The alderman also stressed that the 45mph speed limit throughout the city should be such that the use of the compression brakes to not be warranted.
“It’s minimal cost to the city to pass this ordinance,” Hartman added, “and just common sense. You know, this is not something uncommon in any town nationwide, so I think to support our residents and our businesses, we should move forward.”
Hartman’s motion, however, failed to gain a second and consequently failed.
In other business, the City Board voted to again apply for a Tennessee Department of Transportation multimodal access grant that might land it $950,000 in state funding for a $1 million sidewalk improvement project.
Officials are proposing that the funds be used to replace sidewalks on the south, west and north sides of the square. If the application were to be selected by TDOT for funding, the state would provide 95 percent of the funding, while the city would provide the remaining five percent, possibly $50,000, contingent on final approval.
Board members also agreed to reapply to the state for grant funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program for Phase III of the Greenway/Blueway Master Plan, which includes a river walk around the perimeter of the Camp Blount Historic Site.
Dog Park grant
On Oct. 3, Randy Boyd with the Boyd Foundation Dog Park Dash will be in Fayetteville to present the city with a $25,000 no-match grant for improvements at the city’s Dog Park at the Don Davidson Lions Club Complex on Wilson Parkway.
“We’re working with citizens, dog lovers, as well as professionals to figure out how to best utilize the $25,000,” said City Administrator Scott Collins.
Collins also reported that several drainage improvement projects are advancing. The project on Bagley Drive begins Sept. 23, and three other projects, those being on Brookmeade Circle, Markham Drive and Third Avenue, will be going to bid this week.
In other business, the board approved the following items:
ü Hiring Community Development Partners to complete an ADA transition plan mandated by TDOT and aimed at ensuring that all city facilities and property, including sidewalks, are compliant at some point in the future.
ü A budget amendment of $16,000 to purchase five additional sets of turnout gear for city firefighters.
ü Permits for the LCHS Homecoming Parade on Sept. 20, the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride Sept. 21 and the Host of Christmas Past Festival Nov. 8-10.