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2014-01-16 Board Meeting Minutes

Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meeting Minutes
Jan 16, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm. Present were Dave Sturtz, Donal Maloney, Bobby Vrba, Rich Lopez & Chief Finn. Rick Geesaman’s absence was excused

Minutes were approved, 4-0.

Public Input: There was none as no members of the public were here.

Old Business: Donal in the past has indicated a desired to cease being President of the Board, and reiterated this desire. Rich Lopez indicated willingness to assume the job. Dave moved that we accept Donal’s resignation and elect Rich, effective immediately. Bobby seconded, and motion carried 4-0. Donal made a few parting remarks, concerning what we’ve accomplished during his tenure, at which point Rich assumed the duty of presiding over the meeting.

Rich thanked the Board, and asked if any other Board members had anything to say about 2013. Dave noted that we made it through without any injuries to firefighters despite the events of the year. Rich noted getting the subdivision cistern easement wrapped up, and mentioned that the Left Hand water supply is now on hold because of the flood.

Donal noted that the FEMA reimbursement of about $4200 is forthcoming, and Chris will get him the info necessary for the deposit. Dave asked if the signatures have been changed on the bank account, and Chris said that he will be getting it done soon.

New Business: Some discussion happened about the DOLA deadlines and filing requirements. Rich asked about recruitment, and Chris said that we’re always recruiting. Donal discussed several aspects of recruiting; noting that there continues to be change in the District, with people moving out and in, and so on. Rich emphasized the need to continue. More discussion ensued about recruitment and turnover. Chris mentioned our desire to recruit some people from Left Hand, and Rich said he’d put out the word on a Left Hand email list that they have. Dave said that he will be absent from the March meeting due to vacation.

Chief’s Report: Chris summarized the call report – there were 28 calls. He mentioned that attendance at training has lagged in recent times. Some discussion happened about training schedule and communications. Chris is getting us signed up for Everbridge, which is a means of communication with firefighters. Chris is working on getting pictures at trainings for new firefighter ID’s. He is about half way through inventorying trucks. He now has the parts to set up the other brush truck as a Med/Brush truck. He’s also getting some quotes on some voice pagers.

Donal expressed some concern about all the trainings being joint trainings, and said that he thinks we need to have some trainings on our own. Chris thinks that we need to continue with the joint trainings, and may need to add some trainings of our own just for our department.

Donal mentioned some of the long term goals that he has, like 2, 5, and 10 year plans, and assigning individual Board members to oversee different things. He also noted that so far it’s been a fairly dry winter and we could be looking at a dry fire season.

Dave asked is Chris is still looking for a newer truck, and he said he has people looking.

Chris asked about the grant-writing process, and what we want to apply for and then. He thinks we should emphasize the AFG (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) as that is the most important one, where we’ve gotten the bunker gear and SCBA grants in the past.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:16 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dave Sturtz, Sec’y