West Roseville community concerned over response time for elementary school emergencies

An issue has caused quite the buzz with parents in West Roseville as some say it's taking first responders too long to get to an elementary school, and they're worried about future emergencies.

An issue has caused quite the buzz with parents in West Roseville as some say it's taking first responders too long to get to an elementary school, and they're worried about future emergencies.

 

The reason for the delay is a lack of roads. The question is whether they can be built and who will pay for them.

 

Matt Mcphail and his family have lived in West Roseville for about four years. One of his daughters goes to Orchard Ranch Elementary School, which opened last August.

 

However, a recent medical situation at the school has many parents on edge. It took firefighters 10 minutes to travel there to help, more than double the response time recommended by the International Organization for Standardization. 

 

"God forbid something were to happen at the school and we needed to get a lot of medical resources there quickly, right now that response would be delayed,” said Mcphail.

 

The problem is occurring because there is no straight shot from the fire station to the school. They’re not too far apart, but right now, firefighters have to take a long way around.

 

Many now question: What is the City of Roseville going to do about it? The City Council will look at two plans, which of course, would take time and money. 

 

The first is to extend Blue Oaks Boulevard, which the city says is the developer's responsibility. Multiple neighbors have complained they've already been waiting years for this to happen. 

 

"The Blue Oaks solution would cost about $13 million and take two years to construct,"

said Dominick Casey, Assistant City Manager, City of Roseville.

 

The Mcphails live right on that road, now an empty field. The option of building that out would cut down response time by at least four minutes. 

 

Although, the city has another proposed solution.

 

"The Phillips solution, weather permitting, would cost between $25 and $35,000, and we could be finished in the spring," said Casey.

 

Cindy McPhail has been watching the conversation online. 

 

"There's people for it and against it,” she said. “Somebody saying we're complaining or entitled. When really, we should be given quick response time like anyone else. So it seems like there's a need for the road. It seems like homes are being built but the roads are not." 

 

The Roseville City Council will consider the plans on Jan. 10.

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