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March 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE WHETSTONE FIRE DISTRICT

BOARD MEETING, March 25, 2014

Call to Order/Roll Call/Affirmation of Quorum

Chairman, Rick Evans, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. The meeting was held in the Whetstone Fire District station classroom, 2422 N Firehouse Lane, Huachuca City, Arizona.

Present:

Rick Evans, Chairman
Ken Leffler, Clerk
Jerry Hopper, Board member
Mary Foote, Board member
Wayne Lewis, Board member
Peter Bidon, Fire Chief

Absent:

It was determined a quorum existed with all board members present.

Review, Amendment and Possible Approval of Public Session Minutes for February 25th, 2014

No minutes were available for review.

Call to the Public

No members of the public wished to address the board.

Executive Session (Employee Issues)

Ken Leffler moved to go into executive session for informational purposes, seconded by Wayne Lewis and approved all in favor none opposed. No official board business required.

Executive Session (Fire Chief Contract)

Ken Leffler made the following motion, seconded by Mary Foote and approved all in favor none opposed:

Move to table Chief Bidon’s contract until next board meeting.

Vehicle Status (Ambulance, Engine 321)

Engine 321 has a packing issue not a cracked pump. The City of Sierra Vista – the only place that can repair the pump packing – doesn’t have an opening until the 14th of April. The truck is still usable it just has a leak.

Ambulance 323’s AC unit did not have a leak but may have come from the factory with a low Freon level.

Review, Discussion and Possible Approval of the Financial Reports for February, 2014

Chief Bidon stated we in the black and will finish the year within budget even though we lost almost 3,000,000 in value. We still have in budget $268,073.29 to spend but we won’t be spending all of it so there will be some rolled over. Next year’s budget will be without the payment for the fire station as it has been paid off.

Wayne Lewis made the following motion, seconded by Ken Leffler and approved all in favor none opposed:

Move to approve the financial reports as presented.

Chief’s Report

Chief Bidon said for the month of February we ran 63 calls – 3 fire calls, 38 EMS, 20 controlled burns and 2 mutual aid calls with Huachuca City – year to date 206. There was a multiple patient incident at the Border Patrol check point; 4 patients were flown and 2 were taken by ground ambulance. Huachuca City was there to assist us.

The firefighter 1 & 2 academy is going strong with all 15 students.

There is a full-time opening with the District.

We will be carrying 2 new medications in the drug boxes on the ambulances starting in April.

We have 100% pass rate with the EMT class compared to a very low pass rate at the community college. Huachuca City obtained 3 EMT’s from the class.

Ken Leffler made the following motion, seconded by Wayne Lewis and approved all in favor none opposed:

Move to accept the Chief’s Report as presented.

Board Member Comments

Ken Leffler asked what is happening with the PBW consolidation. Chief Bidon stated he is going to recommend to the PBW board to abolish their district and annex into our district. His concern is that the PBW fire district will have to sell the fire stations. Chief Bidon is trying to get the county to purchase the fire stations for $1.00 then sell them to Whetstone Fire District for $1.00.

Jerry Hopper asked where PBW taxes are currently going. Chief Bidon stated Cathy is keeping track of PBW’s finances.

Adjournment.

Ken Leffler made the following motion, seconded by Mary Foote and approved all in favor none opposed:

Adjourn the meeting.

Chairman Rick Evans
Diana Jones, Administration

AGENDA March 2014

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SESSION
FOR THE WHETSTONE FIRE DISTRICT
Pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02

DATE:                                                   Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
TIME:                                                   6:00 P.M.
PLACE OF MEETING:

Whetstone Fire District
2422 N Firehouse Lane
Whetstone, AZ 85616

AGENDA:

1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Roll Call and Affirmation of Quorum
3. Review, Amendment and Possible Approval of Public Session Minutes for February 2014
1.  4. Call to the Public
2.  5. Executive Session (Employee Issue)
3.  6. Executive Session (Fire Chief’s Contract)
4.  7. Vehicle Status (Ambulance, Engine-321)
5.  8. Review, Discussion and Possible Approval of the Financial Reports for February 2014
6.  9. Chief’s Report
7.  10. Board Members Comments
11. Adjournment

DATED THIS 24th DAY OF MARCH 2014
PLACE POSTED:  Website

The Whetstone Fire District Board may vote to go into Executive Session on any agenda item pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(3) for discussion and consultation for legal advice with the governing Board Attorney on the matter(s) as set forth in the agenda item. The order of the Agenda may be altered or changed by order of the Board. Copies of the Agenda are  available upon request at Administration 2422 N. Firehouse Lane Whetstone, AZ. 85616. Call to the Public – According to  the Arizona Open Meeting Law, the District Board can only discuss matters listed on the meeting agenda. At the  conclusion of the open call to the public, individual Board Members may respond to criticism made by those individuals who have addressed the Board, may ask staff to review a matter or may ask that a matter be placed on a future agenda. However the Board will not discuss or take action on any matter rose during a Call to the Public unless the matter has been properly noticed on the agenda. Please step forward or otherwise identify yourself when the Chair announces the item(s) on the agenda which you are interested in addressing.
1. Please state your name and address for the record.
2. Speak only on the issue currently being discussed by the Board.
3. Please limit your comments to 5 minutes.
4. During “Call to the Public” you may address the Board on any issue within the jurisdiction of the Fire Board.
5. Any member of the public speaking must speak in a courteous and respectful manner to those present.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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