Fairfield CC passes first reading of sign ordinance

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield residents looking to install their own street signs for their yards could soon have a new ordinance to abide by.

At the Fairfield City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, council member Michael Halley introduced an ordinance that would allow private property owners to install signs, only if they looked differently from regular street signs. He said the city was concerned that if a resident called for emergency services and referred to the sign, it would not be in the dispatcher’s system because it is a private sign, not a public sign, and that it could cause confusion.

“The simplest solution is to keep the green background (with) white lettering to city signs only, and if private property owners want to install their own signs on their own property, they can do so, with any other color scheme than the city sign,” he said.

A public hearing was held for the first reading but received no attendance. The first reading was passed unanimously and will need to go through two more readings before it is adopted.

In other news, Fairfield Fire Chief Scott Vaughan reported the new medical response team created a year ago is working well. In the last year, the department’s emergency response team responded to 1,006 medical calls in addition to 260 fire calls. Eight members of the Fairfield Fire Department have completed the six-month training course required to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and five more are completing training currently.

“They’ve been a big help not only with the ambulance, but it’s allowed the police department and the officers ... (to be) freed up to do the police work, but yet they’re still available if a call is bad enough that we need extra help,” he said.

The department regularly goes through training, with each member required to do 24 hours but going “above and beyond” and each doing 37 hours of training. Vaughan reported they have been able to do specialty training as well, in the form of grain bin training, high angle rope rescue training and vehicle extraction.

This winter, the department will be getting ice suits and will be able to perform ice rescue, a service it has not provided before.