By Devin Corbitt
The Belton Journal
Four firefighters with the Belton Fire Department were recognized at this week’s Belton City Council meeting for their part in saving the life of a Belton resident Aug. 11, including Medic 1 crew: Medic Aric Henkelman and EMT Shane Drake and Engine 1 crew: Lt Justin Porter and EMT Cody Avants.
The crews responded to a 9-1-1 call involving a man who had stopped breathing. Upon arrival, crews found the patient’s youngest son performing CPR. The crews then transported the patient to the Scott and White Emergency Room while continuing CPR and resuscitation efforts. The patient was released a few days later.
“One of our Belton residents is back home because of the actions of my medics and EMTs,” Belton Fire Chief Francisco Corona said. “And because of that, I believe that they should be recognized.”
Corona also recognized Billy Ray Brown, the patient’s youngest son, for performing CPR on his father until the paramedics arrived.
“We have just outstanding firefighters, medics, EMTs, but we also have outstanding citizens, and I would like to encourage everybody to learn CPR,” Corona said. “If you don’t know CPR at this time, there are many different ways that you can learn. If anybody’s interested in learning, please contact us, and we will gladly teach you how.”
The American Red Cross will also sponsor a CPR class at the Harris Community Center on Oct. 4 at 8 a.m. Cost is $45.
Following the recognitions, representatives from the Belton Police Department announced the locations of this year’s National Night Out Block Parties to be held Oct. 7.
“It’s a national crime prevention movement, neighbors getting out to know neighbors, police officers and city officials so that we can let criminals know we communicate and they need to go elsewhere,” Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis said. “Our goal a few years ago was to try to make sure that there was a National Night Out block party within walking distance of anybody in Belton. We’re almost there. Five years ago, we had eight parties. Last year, 17.”
This year, Belton will host 23 block parties, which include:
Red Rock Hills @ the Pool
Regatta Oaks on Spinnaker
Stoney Brook Assisted Living Center
Grand Avenue Theater
River Place Subdivision @ River Place & Canyon Springs
The Oaks Subdivision on Pin Oak
Montrose Place Apartments
1500 Lake Rd
407 E 22nd Ave
Chisholm Trail Senior Village
UMHB @ 900 King Street
600 Wells Street
Saddle Creek Subdivision on Dusty Trail
800 N Penelope
304 E 12th Ave (in N Beal Park)
The Lena Armstrong Public Library
2005 Jefferson CT
Miller Heights Baptist
1200 E Ave M
Belle Oaks (Open Door)
Housing Authority @ Mitchell and W Ave D
The consent agenda included approving the minutes from the Sept. 9 meeting and rescheduling the Nov. 11 regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting falls on Veterans Day, and councilmembers unanimously approved moving the meeting to Nov. 10.
The council unanimously approved a series of zoning changes. The first was a change for Faith Acres Phase II, a 1.442 acre tract of land south of Highway 190 and north of West Avenue O, from Planned Development Commercial Highway to Commercial-1 Zoning District. This change will give the property owner more flexibility in future expansions on the narrow strip of land. Along with this, the council also approved a re-plat for the property, which will divide it into two sections.
The second zoning change will change the property on the southwest corner of East 4th Avenue and North Birdwell Street from Commercial-2 to Single Family-3. The 0.164 acre tract of land purchased by the Better Belton Foundation is expected to become the future home of an historical house temporarily located behind Indeco Sales Company. The council also approved the final plat for the property. Better Belton plans to move the house as soon as a permit is issued.
The final zoning change for a 2.121-acre tract of land on the corner of Lake Road and Commerce Street was approved. The property owner plans to build a three-story building to house retail shops on the first floor, a gym on the second and offices on the third.
The council also approved final plats for Creekside Estates, located north of FM 93 and west of Loop 121, and Bella Rose Subdivision, located north of Loop 121 and east of South Interstate Highway 35.
Following a presentation by Public Works Director Mike Huber, the council approved the city manager to execute an agreement with Clark and Fuller, PLLC, to begin a major project involving the water lines that run along South Main Street. Starting in mid-February of next year, the city will begin accepting bids on the project to replace the water lines on Main Street from Avenue C to Avenue J. Public Works also plan to replace the sidewalks on the east side of the street.
“This is one of those projects where we can make a lot of improvements in an area that really needs it all at one time and save some money,” Huber said. “The water main under South Main Street is old cast iron. The cast iron gets eaten away in our soil type after a while. It’s reached the end of its life.”
The project has been budgeted $80,682.30.
The final items on the agenda will begin the annexation process for two large tracts of land north of Hwy 190 and west of Loop 121. Property owner William E. Hickman filed a voluntary annexation request for both properties, which will become the Chisholm Trail West Subdivision and Hubbard Branch Subdivision. Before the city can formally annex the properties, they must conduct two public hearings. These hearings will be held Nov. 10 and Nov. 25.
The next city council meeting will be held Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Harris Community Center.