ABSTRACT: The ‘MINUTES’ of the one noteworthy 5 May 2009 City Council agenda item is presented, namely the announcement that the agenda item regarding the Fire Protection Services Agreement with the City of Monterey was removed from the Agenda. Appearances remarks of a retired Captain from the San Jose Fire Department and supporter of the Monterey-Carmel Fire Protection Services Agreement are transcribed. COMMENTS are made regarding the recent history of this Agenda Item; and advice for the City of Monterey and the Carmel Professional Firefighters is given. An ADDENDUM consisting of the date of the continued agenda item on the Sale of the Flanders Mansion as Tuesday, May 12, 2009 is provided.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
4:30 p.m., Open Session
East side of Monte Verde Street between Ocean and Seventh Avenues
XI. Orders of Council
A. Receive report and provide policy direction regarding contracting fire
protection services to the City of Monterey.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Sue McCloud announced that the Agenda Item regarding Fire Services was not on the Agenda.
During Appearances, Carmel resident Jerry Floyd spoke regarding the proposed Fire Protection Services Agreement with the City of Monterey.
Jerry Floyd, Carmel Resident & Retired Captain of the San Jose Fire Department:
“Good Afternoon, Madam Mayor and Council Members and Community, my name is Jerry Floyd. My wife and I live on Casanova Street here in Carmel. We are also members of the Carmel Residents Association. This past year, we were first hand recipients of our wonderful Fire Department’s services when my wife experienced a life threatening medical emergency and received the highest level of care that we could ever ask for by the members of this fire service in this community. We were truly grateful with this service in our time of need.”
“I want to speak to you in favor of the Monterey-Carmel Fire Service contract now under consideration, although it’s not on the agenda. I understand, but this is the only time I could make myself available today. That subject in very near and dear to my heart. I am a retired Captain from the San Jose Fire Department. During my career I was both a staunch supporter and personal participant in numerous and very successful fire service contracts within Santa Clara County. These fire service contracts included many small jurisdictions, similar to Carmel; the Town of Los Gatos, City of Cupertino, City of Saratoga, City of Los Altos, City of Morgan Hill, City of San Jose and numerous fire service districts surrounding these communities have been very successful and these contracts have been in place since the 1970s. This is not a new concept In addition, there are probably a dozen other cities in the Bay area where fire service contract agreements have proven to be very successful. Taking it a step further, Los Angeles County Fire has over fifty contract cities under their successful model. In my opinion, history speaks volumes to the success of such contracts and I encourage you to embrace this time tested, well proven, cost effective, and smart government process. With validation of independent consultants who have studied the best practices solution for Carmel Fire, the support of our public safety leadership, the support of our dedicated professional firefighters and the five years of contract experience with Monterey to date, the switch is ready to be flipped and I encourage you to move forward. In my opinion, there is not a better alternative for our community in providing the best possible fire service for our citizens.”
“As a Carmel resident and highly experienced member of the fire service community, I am totally confidence the Monterey–Carmel Fire Service Contract will go above and beyond all expectations and will greatly enhance the emergency delivery system to our community. Hundreds of other communities in California have gone before you and it is now your time to embrace the most effective solution for the citizens of our community. I encourage you to act swiftly and support this agreement Hundreds of other communities in California can’t be all wrong. Thank you for your time.”
(Source: Archived Videos, Regular City Council Meeting, May 5, 2009, 1:43:55 - 1:46:49)
• The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea originally announced the Agenda Item on the Carmel Fire Department for a Special City Council Agenda on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Then, the City scheduled it for the 5 May 2009 regular City Council Meeting. The Carmel Professional Firefighters placed a full page advertisement in The Carmel Pine Cone on Friday, April 24, 2009 imploring Carmel residents to attend the meeting and speak in support of the Monterey-Carmel Fire Protection Services Agreement. At the 5 May 2009 City Council Meeting, Mayor Sue McCloud announced that the Agenda Item regarding Fire Services was not on the Agenda.
• The City of Monterey may be wise to cancel its month-to-month Fire Services Contract with the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea as of June 2009 and the Carmel Professional Firefighters may be wise to look for opportunities to join other Fire Departments in cities whose governmental representatives and citizens value the opinions and service of their firefighters.
XI. Orders of Council
B. Scheduling Future City Council meetings – Please Bring Your Calendar
At the end of the meeting, Mayor Sue McCloud announced the date of the continued City Council meeting on the Sale of the Flanders Mansion as Tuesday, May 12, 2009.