Present Members:

Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson
Mr. Charles Prince, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Weekly, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member

Present Staff:

Mr. Clifford Mason, Fire Chief
Ms. Amanda Perkowski, Fiscal Officer

Present from the Public:

Present from the Public:  The meeting was made public via live stream on RCFD’s Facebook page. There were forty-seven (47) live viewers.

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.


Public Comment:

Comments from live-stream listeners were directed to be sent by email to None were received.

The minutes from the previous regular meeting held 25 June 2020 were reviewed. Mr. Moore moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Prince seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Mr. Weekly made a motion to appoint Ethan Walker (FF-EMT) to a part-time position effective 11 July 2020. Mr. Prince seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.  Mr. Walker was unable to attend the meeting and will be sworn-in at a later date.


Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:

Ms. Perkowski presented the June 2020 reconciliation report. Mr. Weekly moved to approve the report as submitted, and Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

For the Uniform Accounting Network (UAN) update, Ms. Perkowski reported that she had resubmitted the conversion data to UAN with a June 30 transition date and is waiting to get a response and approval for training expected to be late July.

The board was informed that the fire district has been awarded the 2020-2021 Training & Equipment Grant from the Ohio Division of EMS in the amount of $3,093.88.


Chief’s Report:

(Skipped report until Chief Mason returned from run; returned after New Business)

For June’s activity report, there were a total of 113 runs (Hebron 44, Union Township 45, and 24 were mutual aid to a variety of departments). Runs are down year-to-date compared to previous years.

Chief Mason handed out a document prepared by Captain Wyse comparing runs from Station 352 in April and May to previous years; statistics are impressive. Data from April and May was also analyzed for transports; 44% of 18 transports were taken to hospitals other than Licking Memorial.

The board was informed that Brian Neighbor (part-time firefighter) has resigned. Also, the fire district recently advertised part-time openings via the RCFD Facebook page, and several applicants are being processed.

Chief Mason expressed an interest in pursuing additional revenue by utilizing Motor Vehicle Accident billing much like EMS billing and is continuing to collect data and work with PMMG (EMS billing vendor). He intends to present a resolution in the near future.

In response to Mr. Moore’s question, Chief Mason reported there are six confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the district.

Chief Mason shared that he just observed dirt being moved at Station 352 presuming Mr. Slater has started the excavation work and expressed gratitude.


Old Business:

Update on Station 352: Mr. Prince reported that the public notice for requesting bids was not published by the Union Township Administrator when it was supposed to be which forced a re-bid. Bids are now due July 20. Bids that have already been received have not been opened and will be eligible.  Mr. Weekly indicated that Union Township Trustee Slater has agreed to complete the excavation work for the apparatus bay location. Mr. Prince also mentioned that Menard’s is offering a discount on paint July 6-11 and he would purchase five (5) gallons.


New Business:

Mr. Moore moved to approve Resolution #07-2020 for the purchase of turnout gear. Mr. Wolf seconded, and the motion carried 5-0.

Mr. Weekly moved to approve Resolution #08-2020 to enter into agreement for the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program.  Mr. Prince seconded, and the motion carried 5-0.

A list of fifty-four (54) inventory items was presented. Mr. Moore moved to declare the items as surplus. Mr. Prince seconded the motion, and the motion carried 5-0.

Mr. Prince moved to approve Resolution #09-2020 declaring surplus items and authorizing an auction via GovDeals. Mr. Moore seconded the motion, and the motion carried 5-0.

Chief Mason recognized and thanked Lt. Woods for cataloging the items and preparing them for auction.


Members’ Minute:

Mr. Moore reported the Village of Hebron has hired a part-time Administrator. The Village is in the process of identifying fire hydrants that need repair. Chief Mason added that the fire district would work with the Village Water Department when flushing the hydrants.

Chief Mason shared that a boat lift and dock have been donated to the fire district and the fire district’s boat is now at the lake.

Mr. Prince thanked Mr. Slater for the excavation work at Station 352.


The next meeting will be July 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.

Mr. Weekly moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 PM, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.




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