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Ocober 15, 2019

Mayor Lord has been working with the other Village Mayors on the agreements to continue fire services to Bunker Hill beyond 2019,  continuing all Fire and EMS services as expected.

Consideration and action on the agreements are on the City Council Agenda for Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

 

August 15, 2019

The City has received the proposed agreements from the Village Fire Department/Commission regarding fire services to Bunker Hill beyond 2019.  The City is currently working with the other Cities to clarify certain aspects of the documents so services can continue as expected.

 

City Council Meeting June 18, 2019

Mayor Robert Lord and the City Council are awaiting the opportunity to review the draft agreements as a result of the "Letter of Intent" signed in March which continues Fire and EMS Services to Bunker Hill village through December 31, 2023.  Agreements are anticipated this summer.  

At the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, the Mayor and City Council appointed Bert Rosenbaum as the City's Fire Commissioner or Liaison and Councilmember Keith Brown as Alternate.  Councilmember Brown will also serve as the Chair of the City's Public Safety Committee.  The purpose of the Public Safety Committee is to gain feedback from residents on the Fire and EMS Response Times and Concerns and other Public Safety Matters.   If you are interested in serving on this committee click here to fill out a volunteer form.  

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Bunker Hill City Council Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Fire Commission Meetings are typically scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Recent meetings have been held at Hedwig Village City Hall.                 

Thank you.

 

Background Information:

Special City Council Meeting March 27, 2019

The City Council held a Special City Council Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The City Council voted to approve the “Letter of Intent” submitted by the Village Fire Commission.   This continues efforts to develop a formal agreement to continue Fire and EMS Services to Bunker Hill Village through December 31, 2023.

In the meeting, Mayor Williams thanked Mayor Mark Kobelan from the City of Piney Point for his efforts on coordinating this process with the other Cities and the Fire Commission.

 

A note from Mayor Williams - March 5, 2019

Mayor Williams shares information with residents on a recent incident in the City of Katy after opening their second Fire Station.  READ HERE.

 

Commission Meeting - February 27, 2019

The Fire Commission on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 and an item was included on the agenda to discuss Fire and EMS Services in Bunker Hill.   Mark Kobelan, Mayor of Piney Point Village along with Brian Muecke, Mayor of Hedwig Village presented a settlement agreement.   The settlement agreement presented included the following:

  • Bunker Hill contracts with the Village Fire Department for Fire and EMS for four additional years after December 31, 2019 at Bunker Hill’s current rate of 19%.
  • Bunker Hill will have the right to opt into full membership in the Village Fire Department at the end of the four year period (January 1, 2024) providing an eighteen-month notice.
  • Bunker Hill can add EMS Services for Bunker Hill during this time at Bunker Hill’s sole expense

Mayor Kobelan indicated that all Six Village Mayors are supportive of the agreement.  The Fire Commission also appeared supportive of the agreement.  The next step is to draft a letter of intent to be presented to the six (6) cities.

Bunker Hill is pleased with this progress and offers appreciation for the efforts of Mayor Kobelan and the other Cities. 

 

A Note from Mayor Williams - December 20, 2018

Dear Residents:

Thank you to all residents that attended the Village Fire Commission Meeting last night, Wednesday, December 19th at Hedwig Village City Hall.  Bunker Hill made a presentation to the Village Fire Commission on two items:

  • Resolution regarding Bunker Hill’s Membership in the Village Fire Department
  • A Proposal to develop a Second Station in the Southwest Section of the Service Area to better serve this Area.

Bunker Hill’s Settlement Presentation included the following two key points:  

  • Bunker Hill will stay in the Village Fire Department. At the meeting, Bunker Hill paid all pending invoices which totaled $21,626.25 and committed to the 2019 operating budget and the capital budget to renovate the Fire Station.
  • When additional staff is needed at the Village Fire Department to manage future growth in our service area, a Second Station will be added in the southwest area to house the additional staff. Bunker Hill offered to acquire the property, design, build and finance Station 2 and the VFD would reimburse Bunker Hill the amortizing costs of the station which are estimated to be $150,000 to $200,000 a year. 

In summary, Bunker Hill Village desires to remain a full member of the Village Fire Department and wants to work in good faith with the Fire Commission and Fire Chief to plan for a second station the future.

The Commission took no action on the settlement presentation.  The commission did appoint a sub-committee to address service to Bunker Hill past the year 2019.  At this point in time, we don’t know what they will propose.  However, we are still confident that we are a member of the VFD.   

The VFD Commission did state that they could not commit to a second station. We are disappointed that the VFD will not commit to a future station in the southwest part of the service area. 

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the Commission Meeting.

To see more information on the presentation to the City Council in November  and the reports/studies conducted to evaluate and improve response times in Bunker Hill and the Village Fire Department, click the links below:

We are committed to continue to work with the Fire Chief and the VFD Commission in providing the best EMS and Fire service for our residents.

Thank you,

Mayor Jay Williams