Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson
Mr. Charles Prince, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Weekly, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member
Mr. Clifford Mason, Fire Chief
Ms. Amanda Perkowski, Fiscal Officer
Present from the Public: Meeting was made public electronically via Facebook; there were sixteen listeners.
Location: Refugee-Canyon Fire District, 111 Basin Street, Hebron, OH
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chairperson Forshey who led the Pledge of Allegiance. In the absence of the Fiscal Officer, Chief Mason called the roll. All members were present for roll call.
Chairperson Forshey invited listeners to submit public comments via email if they wished to do so. None were received. The minutes from the previous meeting held 26 March 2020 were presented for review. Mr. Weekly moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Prince seconded the motion. All members voted in favor of approving the minutes of the 26 March 2020 meeting. Motion carried 5-0.
Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:
Ms. Perkowski was excused from the meeting, therefore no report.
Chief Mason presented fire and EMS activity report for the month of March 2020 as received from the Licking County Regional Communications Center: 21 fire runs and 73 EMS runs, totaling 94 runs. This is a decrease of 11 runs from February 2020 which had 105 runs.
Chief Mason reported on the delivery of the new fire engine. The team that was scheduled to go to Breda, IA to inspect the apparatus prior to accepting the truck was not able to complete the visit due to government restrictions in place relative to the coronavirus pandemic. The truck is scheduled to be delivered by Toyne, Inc. on Saturday, 11 April 2020. The truck was 100% paid for with EMS billing revenue funds generated by EMS transports from Hebron and Union Township. No taxpayer funds were used to purchase this $554,000.00 apparatus. The installation of the equipment will follow and take approximately 2-3 weeks and the truck will then be placed in service after proper training is received.
Chief Mason reported there have been a couple of shifts where we had 8 employees on duty which allowed for an engine and medic to operate at 6265 Lancaster Rd.
Chief Mason presented a document that identified response times for calls being taken from 6265 Lancaster Rd. since the station has been staffed regularly. There was a general discussion about the positive impact being realized by having additional staff on duty and in the central area of the township.
The update on Station 2 at 6265 Lancaster Rd. was given by Mr. Prince: At the last Trustee meeting, they rejected the bids for the concrete work for the new apparatus bay. They will be rebidding same. They did award the steel structure bid to Solid Steel Buildings of Pittsburg, PA in the amount of $38,940.00. Solid Steel was also awarded the bid to erect the structure for $36,950.00 which is at prevailing wage rates. Contract should be completed this week to include language from Licking County Prosecutor regarding prevailing wage. Drawings should be done in 2-4 weeks, but their staffing levels are currently reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last Thursday, the concrete blocks for the base of the temporary structure were ordered and will be delivered as soon as possible. The product is limited due to the number of concrete blocks available; presumably being used for temporary shelters, temporary hospitals, etc. across the country. Mr. Prince negotiated a price reduction as the supplier recognized the intention of the fire district in erecting a temporary building to serve the community. Mr. Weekly advised that the permit process for the steel structure is in the final stages and moving forward. The township staff will be preparing the site work and footer as the construction progresses.
The board was informed of the termination of part-time firefighter, Aaron Webb. Mr. Webb took a personal leave of absence some time ago, and has not responded with any indication of when he might be returning to work. Several attempts were made to contact him, and with no response, we have terminated his employment.
Dr. Forshey introduced an amendment to resolution #04-2020. Mr. Moore moved to amend resolution #04-2020 by correcting two incorrect dates as listed in the resolution. Motion was seconded by Mr. Prince, all present voted in favor of amending resolution #04-2020.
Mr. Moore advised that the Mayor of Hebron will be seeking legislation to support the fire district and denounce the proposed de-annexation of Union Township property into Granville Township. Mr. Moore also inquired about the status of equipment on hand to address the pandemic. At this time, there is adequate emergency equipment on hand. Chief Mason advised RCFD has worked closely with LCEMA/HS and have received equipment/support from them.
Mr. Prince acknowledged he was the recipient of quick response from M-352 due to a medical emergency. He was pleased with the response and especially appreciative of the willingness to be transported to the medical facility of his choice in Franklin County. There was discussion about some residents being told that RCFD would not transport to any other facility than Licking Memorial Hospital. Chief Mason informed everyone present that we will transport to the hospital of the patients choice as long as it is appropriate for the care of the patient.
The next meeting will be April 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.
Mr. Moore moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 PM, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.