We made it! Despite the worst winter weather in decades for Denton County, we made it through, and spring is definitely on the horizon for us here at Robson Ranch!
Among other things, the storm also was the cause for one week’s cancellation of our County’s COVID vaccination clinic. As you probably know, the Denton County Health Department vaccination clinics at the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) have been the poster child for the entire country on how to efficiently and effectively run a mega vaccination site. We commissioners are so proud of that plan, which has been very effectively and efficiently executed.
So, good news! We were delighted to open the clinic again at TMS the very next week to begin administering the second shots to hundreds of folks, including many Robson Ranchers. We have reserved TMS through the month of March to accommodate future clinics, as ultimately Tier C (content still undetermined by the State Health Department) and the general public will also need vaccinations. We will be vaccinating for some time yet.
Thanks so much to all of you who have been volunteering to help out at the COVID Vaccination Clinic that the Denton County Health Department has been holding at the Texas Motor Speedway. It takes about 600 personnel to run one of our clinics, and the volunteers are a huge part of that as they help set up the tents, check people in for their appointments, direct traffic, and then help observe those who were vaccinated for any possible side effects. If you are interested in becoming one of these crucial volunteers, please call 972-434-7400 to sign up.
More good news! Very soon, emergency vehicles, such as firetrucks and ambulances coming from the station at Harvest will have their average travel time to Robson Ranch cut by 60%! I have negotiated a plan with the developers of Harvest (south of Robson Ranch about 1 mile) and The Ridge at Northlake (directly across Robson Ranch Road on the south side) to pave a special road which is a continuation of Harvest Way, across Old Justin Road and into The Ridge at Northlake’s Briarwood. The Emergency Services District Fire Chief tells me that each minute saved in administering CPR increases survival chances by 10% for heart attack victims, so cutting that travel time from 8 minutes to 3.5 minutes increases a heart attack victim’s survival by a life-saving 35%!
The Emergency Services District’s EMTs are called to Robson virtually every day, so this shortcut is really a blessing for our residents. Once the paving begins, Hillwood estimates about 90 days for completion of the new street. The county is in negotiations now with the property owner to obtain an easement for the road construction, and we expect the project to commence shortly. We are fortunate to have these caring ESD personnel, as well as the Denton Fire Station number 7 personnel, available and ready to take care of us here in The Ranch!