Public Safety funding meetings scheduled
Last updated 8/14/2022 at 2:54pm
Fountain residents will have several opportunities to hear from city leaders and employees about a ballot initiative that would increase property taxes to provide more funds for police, fire and EMS operations in the city.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Restoration Church from 5-7 p.m. Council Member Cory Applegate is hosting this townhall, with participation from various public safety representatives. Restoration is located at 9355 Peaceful Valley Road, near Marksheffel Road.
Another opportunity is Aug. 23 at the Western Omelette 2 in Fountain, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Various public safety officials will be on hand to chat about any questions residents may have.
The attached images are being circulated by supporters of the initiative and outline proposed uses for the funds, and how they say they will benefit residents of Fountain. The city also has a detailed page devoted to the ballot initiative: https://www.fountaincolorado.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6004447&pageId=18765779
Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer said that violent incidents such as the one that claimed the lives of three people (including the shooter) in Security on Aug. 7 are becoming more frequent. On that occasion, some of his officers were among the first to arrive. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, two of those officers were recognized for their efforts during that ordeal.
"At the end of the day in any emergency, be it tornado, active shooter, fire -- fire danger's real, in Colorado we all know that -- we have to have the appropriate level of staffing in first responders to include dispatchers in order to save lives and protect themselves," Heberer said. "On this particular incident, due to staffing and where the incident was located ... the young corporal we just recognized looked up and said, 'Where is everybody?' and he had to wait. And the sergeant got there a couple minutes later, and he looked up and he said, 'Where is everybody?' And they were it, and they went into action.
Heberer said that's an incident that, thankfully, doesn't happen very often, but still should be factored in to decisions about public safety operations.
"This is at the very heart of our ballot initiative," he said.