January Fire Board Meeting Minutes

Garden City Fire District

Board Meeting

January 16, 2014

Board Members in Attendance:  Terry Allen (acting as chairman until new board members were voted in), Perry Wakefield, Randall Knight, Christina Gracie, Brian House

Others in Attendance:  Mike Wahlberg, Tiffany Wahlberg, Anita Weston, Chris Coray, Andy Stokes, Ben Negus, Tom Weston

 Welcome to new board members:  Brian House and Howard Pope.  Motion to accept new members by Perry Wakefield, 2nd by Christina, vote was unanimous.  Howard Pope was unable to attend the meeting.  Brian House joined the board at this time.  Chris Coray asked what happened with the elected official issue.  The commissioner, the city, and the fire board looked into the issue, however, they learned that while the state recommend there be an elected official, it is not required.  The county commissioners voted to put Tom Weston on the board, however, they will be undoing that at their next meeting to put Brian House on instead.

Christina nominated Perry Wakefield as chairman, 2nd by Brian.  No other nominations were put forward.  Vote was unanimous to accept Perry as the chairman.

Terry stepped down from the board at this time and Perry took over as chairman.  Tom Weston stated he would like to thank Terry for his service on the board and as chairman.  He was a great asset to the fire district.

Brian nominated Randall for secretary, 2nd by Christina, vote was unanimous.
Approval of Past Minutes:  Motion to approve the past minutes with one change-Christina abstained from the vote to accept Randall as the new member by Randall,  2nd by Brian, vote was unanimous.

Items for Follow-Up:

New Fire Board members:  see above

Policies and procedures manual revision:  Randall suggested he take on revising the manual.  Tiffany suggested that the board take sections and revise it a section at a time so that it wouldn’t be such a large project.  The issues Randall would like to look at soon would be the leave sections, the per diem rates, and the holidays.  Randall will look at those for the next meeting and will email the suggested revisions to the board.

Tower for fireboat:  Mike stated that the fire boat is winterized.  He would like to hold off on this until April.  The board agreed.  Tiffany stated she would continue to put it in items for follow-up, but it could just be skipped each month.

Fire Chief employment contract, 90 day probation:  Randall asked that this be discussed since there were new board members.  Randall asked if Mike had a written contract and when the 90 days would be up.  Mike was hired on December 4 and has no written contract.  Tiffany will email the contract that was used with Dan to the board and Mike.  After the board makes changes, they should get it reviewed by the county attorney.  Brian asked Tom Weston if there was a new county attorney.  Tom stated that Gary was hired from Weber County for 1 year to fill the position temporarily.  Tom could not remember his last name or contact information, but would get the information to the board.

Voting for Officers:  see above

Rain gutters:  The rain gutters arrived yesterday.  They will be installed as weather permits.  Brandon and Mike will put baffles above the gutters to try to keep the snow from curling over and will also install heat tape.  The rain gutters were right around $900, so it will it will come in under budget.

Financial statements and agreed upon procedures:  Tiffany stated that since the review has changed this year and will be an Agreed Upon Procedures review, the board needs to make a few decisions.  They need to decide whether to have the same firm handle it or put it out for bid, and whether to have Tiffany prepare the financial statements or have the firm do so.  Motion to have Woods Richards handle the procedure review have Tiffany prepare the financial statements by Christina, 2nd by Brian, vote was unanimous.

 Items for discussion:

Employee contract and benefit finalization status:  see above

Clarify the work relationship of the CPA with the fire district:  Randall stated he had asked Tiffany to cover this since there were new board members and they were not all familiar with the agreement.  Tiffany stated that Randall had asked he to cover two items-her contract, and her relationship with the fire chief.  Tiffany is a subcontractor hired and supervised by the fire board.  She is paid $60 per hour plus direct expenses.  For example, there is a training she attends every year that relates specifically to the fire district that the fire district pays for.  She also stated that when she prepared the financial statements in the past she was paid $1,000 for doing so, but that could be worked out at a later meeting.  As for the relationship between Tiffany and the fire chief, Tiffany stated that some citizens in the community had expressed concern over the relationship and the way it relates to the state’s nepotism laws.  She stated that since she is a subcontractor hired and supervised by the board there was no issue here.  Mike is also hired and supervised by the board.  Tiffany did not hire Mike and Mike did not hire Tiffany.  They are both supervised by the board, and not by each other.  Also, Tiffany does not sign Mike’s check and Mike does not sign Tiffany’s check.  Therefore, there is no issue.  Tiffany also stated that if there was an issue, that she would be the one to step down.  She feels that the board made the right decision in hiring Mike and that he will be a great asset to the fire district.  Therefore, she would step down before she would allow Mike’s position to be compromised.  She then reaffirmed that there is no issue and anyone who has concerns is welcome to talk to her, the board, or the state.

Leadership positions filled:  see above

New tech rescue squad proposal:  Mike has appointed Travis Hobbs as a captain.  He is a good fire fighter.  He is a wildland engine boss, which is quite a lofty achievement.  The guys all like him.  Mike has also created a Lieutenant position, for which he has appointed Brandon Weatherston.  His job is to fill in for captains who are not available.  He would also be expected to fill a vacant captain position.  Mike stated he may appoint another Lieutenant.  He has not appointed an assistant chief at this time, as he would like to take the time to view how the individuals work together.

Mike will be forming a tech rescue squad.  His intention is to offer this to all of the agencies in the county.  This would fill the niche between the search & rescue and fire district.  This would cover rope rescues, extrication, structure collapse, and trench rescue.  The trainings would be held with Cache and Box Elder.  There is a joint monthly tech rescue drill in Cache County.  Mike has worked with Chief Hammer on this and will set up a mutual aid agreement once the training has been completed.  Mike would like to fill the position with members of search & rescue, EMS and fire.  Mike stated that in his assessment of the district’s weakness, the rescue area is the the biggest weakness.  The district has most of the equipment already in place.  However, there may be a few items needed to outfit the other areas of the county.  Randall asked how many members there would be.  Mike would like to have 8.  Mike stated that Andy and Ben took some rope rescue courses at winter fire school, so they would likely be the first two members.

Increased firefighter numbers and impact:  There has been over a 50% increase in fire fighters since the last board meeting, from 17-26, and there is at least one other individual who is interested.  The district is now stretched on resources to cover new firefighters.  This allows the district to be more selective on new volunteers.  The district is now able to do different levels of training each month, so that there is a beginning group and a more advanced group.  The goal is that by April, the new firefighters will be brought up to a Fire I proficiency.  They will not have the course at that point, since it requires a lot of hours.  Ben stated that his last training was the best one he had been to.  He has been on the district through a few chiefs.  Randall asked if the course was held regularly.  Mike stated that the district had put that together.  If there were only a few that needed it, he would send them to Bridgerland, however, where there are so many, the district will need to put together a course.  He will need to schedule it so that the whole county would be able to participate in that course, so it will most likely be next winter.  Randall asked if the PPE was given to Laketown as discussed in November.  Mike stated that he was able to give those over, and still outfit everyone.  He will need to purchase a couple helmets and shoes for individuals with special sizing needs.  Mike stated that he spoke with North Logan and found that we are outfitted very similarly to that district.  The area covered by both districts are very similar as well.

Winter fire school report-There were 5 guys who went to winter fire school.  All took courses which should greatly benefit the fire district.

Building interior remodel:  Mike would like to start this now so that the building can be ready for spring.  He would like to put tile in the entry way, carpet the meeting area and offices.  He will add a small kitchenette and change the bathroom access.  This will help make the building ready to be an EOC shelter with sleeping quarters, bathroom facilities, office, etc.  Chris Coray asked if there is a generator.  Mike stated there is one, and there is also a battery backup.  He is working on setting up the wiring for it.  Christina asked if the EOC program would cover some of the cost.  Mike stated he had looked into that, but Bryce Nielsen did not think it was an option.  Bryce asked him to also move some of the electronics so that they would be accessible in a private office.  Brian asked Mike to look into getting a large enough generator to run the whole building and see if Bryce could assist with some funding.  Chris asked if this was needed, would it work as is.  Mike stated that yes it would work, however, these items would help make it run better.  Brian asked if there were MREs.  Mike stated that there are some on the trucks.  There is also a refrigerator with water and Gatorade.

Chris Coray asked if the website was up and running.  He stated that the information was all from last month.  He asked if the district was moving ahead with the contract with the Stockings.  Mike stated that some of this was probably his issue, since he had not gotten the agenda to Joey.  Also, some of this will be put off until the volunteers and officers are decided.  Joey is also showing Mike how to do some of the updating.  Mike will be adding Joey to all of the emails of the district.

Vehicle/Equipment/Station Service Requests:  Mike just put one in for the light bar on the IC truck, which went out during an incident.  Mike will look into it and get assistance from the sheriff’s office as needed.  Also, the brakes on IC need to be replaced and Mike will take care of that hopefully tomorrow.  No other issues.

Purchase Requisitions:  None this month

Equipment Status:  Everything is up and running

Responses:  2 accidents, 1 traffic assist, 1 mutual aid for a structure fire in Woodruff, 1 propane leak, 1 burn permit, 5 medical assists

New or Miscellaneous Business:  Randall asked about advertisements for the Cisco Disco and Polar Plunge.  Mike stated that the first polar plunge was put on by the district, however, the Chamber quickly took it over.  Mike has helped them put it together, however, has backed off a little on the hours spent.  With all of the issues the district is now dealing with, he is letting them handle the majority of it.  The district will pay the fee for the guys and will donate the one hour pay for the guys who jump in to be given to the charity.  The Cisco Disco will not involve the district.  They had asked if the district would be willing to donate the cooking equipment so that Laketown could do a fundraising meal, however Laketown did not feel they could get the participation this year.  The fry will still take place on Cisco Beach at 9 on the 25th, but will handled by Scott Tolentino.

Northern Region Rapid Response Team is requesting that the county put two individual through Hazmat Technician training.  This will be done with grant funding.  There is a time deadline for the funds.  They are offering a 2 week, 120 hours training course, probably in Ogden.  The individuals must be available for the region team.  After the techs are trained, the grants would also provide the equipment.  Mike would like to do the training or find two other individuals.  Those individuals could be called if there is an incident in the northern region.  They would not pay time, lodging, meals, etc during that training.  Mike would like to find some funding, since the guys would be taking time off work to do the training.  The first set of funding would expire March 31, the second by April or May, the third by August.  The training would most likely be in April.  Mike asked that if anyone was interested, they contact him.  Tom Weston asked if Bryce had any funds available.  Mike stated that Bryce was not able to attend the meeting and Mike has been unable to reach him, but will continue.  The city has done an annual grant for emergency responders, and Mike will look to see if some of those funds might be available.  The grant will pay for backfill, meaning someone to cover Mike if he went, but it doesn’t pay the individual going to the training.  Ben Negus stated that since the other trailer is in Randolph, it would be great to get someone from that area.  Mike stated that would be his preference as well, however, if there is not an individual available, then he will send whomever is available.  Mike also asked that he be approved to take that training if he does not find another individual.  The board all agreed.

Review and Approval of Current Expense Invoices

Items for follow-up: 

Policies and Procedures-Leave, per diem, and holiday-Randall

Tower for Fire Boat-table until April-Mike

Fire Chief Contract/90 day probation-Randall

Building Interior Remodel-Mike

Website-Mike

Northern Region Rapid Response Team-Mike

 

December Board Meeting & Budget Hearing Agenda

Fireboard meeting/ Budget Hearing

The November meeting of the Garden City Fire District Board is scheduled for 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 in the training room at the Garden City Fire Station located at 145 West Logan Road.

Approval of Past Minutes

Items for Follow-Up:

  •             Policies and procedures
  •             Tower for the fire boat
  •             Fire Chief employment
  •             New Board Members

Items for discussion:

  •             2014 Budget

Vehicle/Equipment/Station Service Requests

Purchase Requisitions

 Equipment Status

Responses

 New or Miscellaneous Business

Review and Approval of Current Expense Invoices

NOTE: The Fire Board may vote to go into closed session pursuant to Utah Code 52-4-5.

 Notice of Special Accommodations: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communication aids and services) during this meeting should notify Mike Wahlberg at the Garden City Fire District (435) 994-2460 at least (1) day prior to the meeting and please leave a message.

 

October Fire Board minutes

Garden City Fire District

Board Meeting

October 17, 2013

 Board members in Attendance:  Terry Allen, Randall Knight, Perry Wakefield, Christina Gracey, Travis Hobbs

Others in Attendance:  See roll

Approval of Past Minutes:  Motion to approve September 23 special meeting minutes by Christina, 2nd by Randall, vote was unanimous.  Motion to approve September 19 board meeting minutes with Randall’s changes by Perry, 2nd by Christina, vote was unanimous.  Motion to approve the September 30 special meeting minutes with Randall’s changes by Randall, 2nd by Perry.  Motion to approve the September 23 closed session minutes by Travis, 2nd by Randall, vote was unanimous.

Items for Follow-Up:

Wildland Grant:  There will be four sets of turnouts ordered, 2 of them will be generic sizes.  There will also be 6 shelters, 6 sets of Wildland gear ordered.

Funds from Propane Tanker, Car Hauler, Breakfast:  The fire fighters are still deciding what they want to purchase with these funds.  This will be discussed again at a future meeting.

Electronic Meetings:  There was some confusion on the electronic meetings as to whether they would count as attendance at a meeting.  The decision has been made that there need to be at least 3 board members in the building in order to have the meeting.  The policy will be re-written to make this clear and attendance will only be counted if the board member is physically in attendance.  Special meetings will not count toward attendance.

DMV Records:  Dan was under the impression that the district could get the records, however research has revealed that the fire fighters would need to get it personally and bring it back to the district.  The district will then reimburse any cost with a receipt.  Dan asked how the district can make it happen.  He has stated that there are requirements and the fire fighters don’t always keep up on that.  Mike mentioned that it is important and they should monitor it and then give the fire fighters 30 days to get the report turned in.  Travis asked what the regulations would be.  Mike stated that the regulations will be in the drug testing policy.  Travis stated that he is opposed to requiring it until the board has seen the actually policies.  Mike stated that the policies are still a work in progress.  Terry stated that the board had already voted previously to make this part of the policy.  Dan stated that the substance abuse policy has been written up.  He gave a draft copy to the members of the board.  The motor vehicle one will be written up next.  The records won’t be required until the policy is actually in force.  Terry asked the board members to read the draft drug testing policy and then the board will discuss it in November.  He also asked Mike to have a draft of the DMV policy emailed to the board before the next meeting.

Drug Testing:  See DMV Records

Budget Hearing and Amendment:  Put off for next meeting

Website Update:  Joey has been working on the new website.  Dan stated the pictures aren’t coming up clearly.  The new website address is www.gardencityfire.us.

Fire Chief Employment:  Has been posted in 3 newspapers, the post office, city office and website, and the fire district office and website.  It will be posted for 30 days and then the board will proceed with the decision.  Dan’s last day is Friday and Mike will take over as interim chief at that time.

Christmas Party (Action Item):  The opportunity to bid was given to Coopers, Jim McLaughlin, Paris Cafe, and Bear Trapper.  The budget hearing will be held at 5 pm on December 4, and the party will be held at 7pm.  Perry stated that the Bear Trapper was the cheapest and the only complaint he heard was that the booths would not work very well. He would like to go there.  In the past the dinner was actually held in the pizza building to make room for tables.  Christina stated that the board had discussed alternating to be fair.  Even though they are a little cheaper, it might be better to alternate.  Randall stated that he would have a hard time justifying going anywhere else when the price was much lower at the Bear Trapper.  Last year the cheapest bid was not taken.  Rather, they tried to move it around.  However, there is a large difference in prices this year.  Terry stated that they have not been to the Paris Grill before, and their price was about mid-range, comparable to the others.  They also have plenty of room for everyone.  Travis stated he does feel it should move around, provided the bids are close.  Unfortunately Coopers is quite a bit more.  Travis wanted to make sure they were bidding similar menus.  Terry stated that he did ask them to bid the same and even told them about what was paid last year.  Motion to have the Christmas Party at the Paris Grill by Christina, 2nd by Travis, vote was unanimous.  Terry will contact them.

Homeland Security (discussion):  Terry had a short meeting with Bryce Nielsen.  He wants to make sure that with the changes in Fire Chief that the district continues to have a good relationship with the Homeland Security.  He also wanted to make sure that the building arrangements would remain the same.  Bryce does bring a lot of money into the county, so the board would like to continue working with him.  The board was all in agreement.

Secretarial Duties (Action Item):  Randall is the new secretary and wanted to make sure his duties were clear.  He has taken the GRAMA certification training and has received the certification.  The board had asked previously whether the secretarial duties that Dan has been handling should be moved back to the secretary.  Randall stated that he had been working with Dan and Mike already.  Randall will check with the board members to see if they need to add anything to the agenda and then work with the chief to get the agenda typed up and posted.

Lockable Secretary File Cabinet (Action Item):  This was discussed at a previous meeting and the board all felt it was necessary.  Chris Coray mentioned that the University has surplus sales all the time and this could be purchased by public entities.  Randall will be going to Logan tomorrow and will stop by to look.

Draft Budget (Review):  Dan, Mike, Tiffany, and Christina met and put together a draft budget based on the 2013 actual and recommendations by Dan and Mike as to items they would like to see accomplished.

Building Repairs-budgeted for carpet, windows and a little paint

Communications-this has been the same for the last several years

Retirement Expense-bumped up a little for the increase rates

Equipment Repairs-has been at this cost each of the last 3 years

Equipment replacement-

Fire Chief Salary-matches the posting

Insurance-bumped up a little for increased rates

Miscellanous-plug figure to balance the budget

PPE-planned to purchase 2 SCBAs each year, will need at least 4 to outfit a team, there are 10 that will eventually need to be replaced

Winter Fire School-budgeted for 6 guys, with each one having a fuel card

Training-bumped up a little to allow sending guys to Bridgerland if there are only 1 or 2 who want the training

CPA fees-same as 2013

Utilities-bumped a little based on the 2013 actual

Vehicle Fuel-lowered based on 2013 actual, Randall asked why this would be lower when prices have gone up.  The 2013 was only $4200 and the budget was $8000.  There is still a cushion.

Randall asked about budgeting for the grants and compensation for fires.  Travis asked about putting money into the vehicle funds.  There is $27,000 budgeted for equipment replacement and if this was not spent, then the remaining amount could be put into that PTIF.  Also,

Web site (Input):  Joe Stocking asked if the board would like to get their own hosting, which would cost about $5 per month, or he could handle the hosting for about $6 per month.  Also, Joe has built the website.  If they want him to maintain it would be $24 per month, which would give about 2 hours.  Any additional would be at $30/hour.  He would also do it on an as needed basis for the $30 per hour instead.  Joe can create login credentials for others to add photos, etc.  Mike and Dan mentioned that the photos would need to be approved prior, and then they could be emailed to Joe to add it.  Motion by Perry to have Joe do the hosting and continue the monthly maintenance for $30 per month.  The total bill so far was $650.  He will send an invoice over.  Joe will work with Mike and will train on how to add minutes and do some general updating.

Grama Cert. Status:  Randall has done the certification.

Department Operational Data Transfer:  Randall wanted to know how the transition is going and whether Dan has given the important information.  He has also changed the password.

Fireman of the Year:  Perry wanted to know what the qualifications were.  The fire chief, assistant chief, and captains make this decision based on attendance, commitment, attitude, etc.  They will receive a

Vehicle/Equipment/Station Service Requests:  Clutch fluid was low on Ladder 40.  It has been filled. Engine is down in Salt Lake getting the transmission fixed.  It keeps popping out of gear.  Freightliner fixed a few items, but it continued to do it.  It is now at a specialist, who has done some major repairs and will be test driving it tomorrow.  Laketown has been bringing their engine on calls lately.  The backup has worked well.

Purchase Requisitions:  None this time.  Reimbursements for wildland boots were paid to 2 fire fighters.

Equipment Status:  See above.  Also, ladder 40 battery was dead.  Mike found a faulty switch on the battery bank and he was able to fix it.

Responses:  2 structure fires, 1 false alarm, 1 CO call, burn permits-3 received and 1 denied, 1 fire pit inspection, 6 medical assists

 New or Miscellaneous Business:  Randall has received 1 application for Fire Chief.  The board asked Randall to hold onto all of them until they have all been received.

Terry stated that his term is up in January.  He wondered if the board wanted to post it in November so that the decision can be made in December.  Randall, Travis and Terry would all be up in December.  Randall asked if he would need to reapply.  The position would still be posted, he would apply and go through the same application.  Randall asked Tom if they would be too busy to make a decision in December.  Tom stated that they would like to get all the letters and a recommendation.  Travis stated that the city had approached him about whether they would be able to appoint someone.  Dan and Tiffany stated that their understanding is that any municipality lying within the district has the right to appoint one member.  Tom Weston stated that his understanding is that the county appoints it.  Tom Weston will contact the county attorney for clarification.  The city was given the chance a few years ago and they refused.  Travis would like to assign that appointment to a specific board member, whose term would be 4 years.  They would not have the choice every time a position opens up.  They were given the chance to appoint when Christina was appointed and they deferred to the county.  Tom Weston will look into it.  The board will post it on November 1.

Review and Approval of Current Expense Invoices

Motion to close the meeting by Perry, 2nd by Randall, vote was unanimous

Items for follow-up: 

            Wildland Grant

Funds from Propane Tanker, Car Hauler, Breakfast

Electronic Meeting (Policy rewritten and voted on)

Drug Testing

DMV Records

2013 Budget Amendment (Needs to be posted 7 days in advance)

Fire Chief Employment

2014 Draft Budget Approval

Board Member Positions (3 openings)

October Board Meeting Agenda

Fire Board Meeting Notice

The October meeting of the Garden City Fire District Board is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in the training room at the Garden City Fire Station located at 145 West Logan Road.

Approval of Past Minutes

Items for Follow-Up:

Wildland Grant

Funds from Propane Tanker, Car Hauler, Breakfast

Electronic Meetings

DMV Records

Drug Testing

Budget Hearing and Amendment

Website Update

Fire Chief Employment

Christmas Party (Action Item)

Homeland Security (discussion)

Secretarial Duties (Action Item)

Lockable Secretary File Cabinet (Action Item)

Draft Budget (Review)

Web site (Input)

Grama Cert. Status

Department Operational Data Transfer

Fireman of the Year 

Vehicle/Equipment/Station Service Request’s

Purchase Requisition’s

Equipment Status

Responses

New or Miscellaneous Business                           

Review and Approval of Current Expense Invoices

NOTE: The Fire Board may vote to go into closed session pursuant to Utah Code 52-4-5.

Notice of Special Accommodations: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communication aids and services) during this meeting should notify Dan L. Kurek at the Garden City Fire District (435) 764-1206 at least (1) day prior to the meeting and please leave a message.