Council honors life-saving police officers, conducts regular business

Lewisville Police Officer Drake Bartlett (left) received a Life Saving Award May 15. Chief Russell Kerbow (right) gave a recap of the life-saving acts.


Three Lewisville police officers received significant awards for their contributions to the community at the city council meeting May 15.

In general meeting business, all items on the agenda were approved, including a zone ordinance request for Old Town, agreement amendments for the Holfords Prairie Road Rehabilitation Project and bid awards for wastewater treatments in the city.

Life Saving Awards

Lewisville Police Officers Drake Bartlett, Joseph Fernandez and Timothy O’Hare all received Life Saving Awards from Chief Russell Kerbow.

Bartlett responded to a call about an unconscious employee at The Home Depot, Kerbow said.
Bartlett immediately began performing CPR on the victim until fire department personnel arrived. The victim was later transported to Medical City Lewisville and revived.

Fernandez responded to a stabbing near Vista Ridge Apartments when he saw the victim lying at the foot of the stairs, and the suspect was reportedly still in the building, Kerbow said.

“The victim had a large open wound on her arm that appeared to be draining arterial blood,” Kerbow said. “Officer Fernandez immediately applied a tourniquet to her arm, remaining with her until it was safe for paramedics to approach the scene.”

O’Hare dispatched to a call for an unconscious person who had voiced complaints of arm and head pain before going to bed. When O’Hare arrived, he found the man’s wife performing CPR on her husband while he was still lying in the bed, Kerbow said.

“O’Hare was unable to find a pulse on the man, so he moved the man to the floor to have a sturdy surface and began performing CPR until fire department and paramedics arrived on the scene,” Kerbow said.
The honor is O’Hare’s second Life Saving Award from the city.

Other Council Business

The city council approved results from the recent general election in which TJ Gilmore received 1,553 votes or 59.16 percent of the total votes. The council canvassed the votes and Gilmore was sworn in for his third term on council.

A runoff election will determine the Place 1 seat between Bob Troyer and Carolyn Wright, who received 41 percent and 32.44 percent of the vote respectively, as no candidate received a majority vote. The runoff election is June 10, with early voting spanning from May 30 through June 6.

The city also honored 16 graduates from the 2017 Lewisville Citizen University class, the second group to complete the program. The classes familiarize students with local government, teach them how to communicate with city officials and encourage them to get involved.

The city approved a zone change ordinance request for a mixed-use district in Old Town, allowing residential spaces like lofts, to be built amidst the businesses in Old Town. The city also approved variances in parking spaces per unit, consisting of a reduction from 2 parking spaces per unit to 1.4 parking spaces.

The city also approved a $172,607 amendment agreement with HDR Engineering to create a detailed design for raw water pipeline relocation to execute the Lewisville Lake Dam improvements.

Additionally the city gave an OK to approve the annual purchase of water and wastewater treatment chemicals from multiple companies.

The city also approved a $169,158 bid award for the Holfords Prairie Road Rehabilitation Project. This would provide funds for asphalt pavement improvements on Bunker Hill, Westhill, Corners, Red Hawk and a portion of Holfords Prairie Road.

A negotiated settlement was reached with the city, Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos Energy Corp. to increase residential rates by 3.87 percent, due to the existing rates being unreasonable.

The council also approved waiving $700 in fees for Mothers Against Drunk Driving events later this year,such as a Victim Impact Panel that provides a platform for survivors to share their stories and help DUI/DWI offenders see the effects of impaired driving.

The council approved waiving $9,097 in fees for the use of Railroad Park by CASA to run its Tri-IT for CASA Triathlon on June 11.

Editor’s note: This story has been supplemented to include details about items passed at the council meeting.