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

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