Present Members:

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

Present Staff:

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

Excused:

Mr. Charles Prince, Member

 

Present from the Public: The meeting was made public via live stream on RCFD’s YouTube channel. There were twenty-five (25) viewers. Travis Colley and Tyler Vorhees attended in-person.

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 station350@rcfiredistrict.org. None were received.

 

Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:

The minutes from the previous regular meeting held 28 January 2021 were reviewed. Revisions were noted to correctly identify Mr. Randy Weekly as Vice Chair instead of Mr. Randy Wolf.  Mr. Moore moved to approve the minutes as revised, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the two surplus items auctioned on GovDeals, the copier was sold and has been picked up by the buyer. The temporary structure was sold but the buyer is refusing payment. The account manager with GovDeals confirmed the buyer’s winning bid is a binding agreement. Our legal counsel is writing a letter to the buyer.  Mr. Moore moved to rebid the temporary structure if the buyer does not provide payment after receiving the letter. Dr. Forshey seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor.

Ms. Perkowski presented additional revisions to the purchasing policy from legal counsel.  Dr. Forshey moved to approve the revisions to Policy 313 Purchasing. Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

The healthcare renewal for medical, dental and vision insurance was presented. The rate for the medical insurance is changing from an age/gender rate to a composite rate, and the rate is increasing by approximately 17%. The benefit consultant explained that the group’s loss ratio is over 100% and is expected to increase due to pending claims. The benefit consultant apologized for not getting the information sent sooner. There are currently no budget concerns. Chief Mason stated RCFD will receive other quotes well before the renewal for 2022.  Mr. Wolf moved to approve the healthcare renewal. Mr. Moore seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor.

 

Chief’s Report:

Chief Mason informed the board that RCFD has been awarded a grant from ODNR, up to $9,000, for the purchase of a UTV and slip-in unit.

The January 2021 fire/EMS activity report was presented to the board.

Chief Mason gave an update on the full-time firefighter vacancy. Interviews have been completed and he recommended to the board that part-time firefighter, Mr. Cody Skeese, be appointed to fill the vacancy. Mr. Moore asked if RCFD requires drug-testing. Chief Mason explained that drug testing is included in the OP&F physical, but that RCFD does not conduct random drug testing of employees. Dr. Forshey moved to appoint Mr. Cody Skeese to a full-time firefighter/EMT position effective 2/20/2021 contingent upon successfully completing paramedic school, attaining paramedic certification by August 1, 2021, and successfully completing an OP&F firefighter physical. Mr. Weekly seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor.

The RCFD crew cleared snow from approximately 35 hydrants today. The crew tomorrow will continue to clear hydrants.

RCFD has been awarded training through the Ohio Fire Academy. A driving simulator is scheduled for March 8-10, 2021. Also, a search and rescue training is scheduled for March 16-18, 2021.

Old Business:

Update on Station 352: There was nothing new to report.

 

New Business:

An email from Mr. Prince with a resignation letter was presented to the board. Dr. Forshey moved to accept the resignation. Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. In further discussion, Mr. Weekly expressed gratitude for Mr. Prince’s instrumental involvement in starting the fire district and also his work at Station 352. Mr. Weekly is grateful for having served on the board with him and believes Mr. Prince could not be repaid enough for his contributions to the district. All members present voted in favor.

 

Organizational Items:

Mr. Weekly reported that Union Township has not yet received any letters of interest to serve on the RCFD board.

Members’ Minute:

Dr. Forshey shared that he will begin radiation and chemotherapy treatment on February 24, 2021 for eight weeks. He intends to continue to attend the board meetings but will likely have to do so virtually.

Mr. Weekly suggested to Chief Mason that the committee for the UTV consider purchasing one capable of having a snow blade on the front.

 

The next regular meeting will be February 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.

Mr. Moore moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 PM, and Dr. Forshey seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

 

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