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May 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE WHETSTONE FIRE DISTRICT

BOARD MEETING, May 31, 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
Mary Foote, Board member
Peter Bidon, Fire Chief

Absent:

Jerry Hopper, Board member and Wayne Lewis, Board member

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

Review, Amendment and Possible Approval of Public Session Minutes for April, 2014

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

Move to accept the public session minutes for April as presented.

Call to the Public

No members of the public wished to address the board.

Adopt Tentative Budget for 2014/2015 (Posting)

Ken Leffler asked why there is a reduction in fire protection revenue. Chief Bidon stated the airstrip is no longer used and In Balance Ranch annexed into the district eliminating two contracts. Also, Ken Leffler asked why the personnel services went down by half from last year. Chief Bidon said more of our volunteers are covering, many of them are EMT’s, and Chief often steps in when a paramedic is needed to help reduce overtime costs. The budget is set at 54,000 less than last year and our taxes will stay the same.

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

Move to adopt tentative budget for posting.

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

Chief stated we are starting to get taxes in; our bank is building up so we won’t be dipping into the credit line anymore. We won’t be able to roll over as much as in the last couple years. What is helping us is having the station paid off and paying off the brush and rescue; so the $54,000 hit we took is our lease payments.

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

Move to approve the financial reports as presented.

Chief’s Report

We did 71 calls for the month of April; 35 EMS ALS transports. We have been getting more mutual aid calls. We’ve been in Sierra Vista a couple times, again, doing ambulance transports because they are overloaded. We assisted Huachuca City Fire with a HazMat call at the landfill. We had a five vehicle accident on Highway 82 with a fatality – five patients; one flown out, one transported by ground, three refusals.

All of our stuff is up in the auction except a few small items.

Have a copy of an impact statement; it is done, for the consolidation for the PBW.

Worked on our budget, PBW’s budget – their tax rate is going to $2.10.

We had a 9-year old boy die last week from an asthma attack off Ash Street; it was in the paper. His organs were donated out.

We did extrication training.

Chief assisted Huachuca City with a head-on rollover. Their chief, Jon, is trying to get their people motivated more to call us out and not cancel us.

The guys are doing one inspection now for a business; it’s in-home care, for kids.

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

Move to accept the Chief’s Report as presented.

Board Member Comments

No board member comments.

Adjournment

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

Adjourn the meeting.

Rick Evans, Chairman
Diana Jones, Billing Administrator

AGENDA May 2014

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

DATE:                                                   Saturday, May 31st, 2014
TIME:                                                   11:00 A.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 April 2014
4. Call to the Public
1.  5. Adopt Tentative Budget for 2014/2015 (Posting)
2.  6. Review, Discussion and Possible Approval of the Financial Reports for April 2014
3.  7. Chief’s Report
4.  8. Board Members Comments
9. Adjournment

DATED THIS 30th DAY OF MAY 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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