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 thirty-five (35) 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 23 July 2020 and special meeting held 28 July 2020 were reviewed. Mr. Moore moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.


Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:

Uniform Accounting Network (UAN) virtual training was completed July 30-31, 2020. The data conversion was completed and reconciled through 31 July 2020.

Ms. Perkowski presented the July 2020 bank reconciliation report for review. Mr. Prince moved to approve the report as submitted, and Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Per the meeting held 23 July 2020, Ms. Perkowski sent a thank you letter to Union Township Trustee, John Slater, for the excavation work he had done at Station 352.


Chief’s Report:

Chief Mason informed the board of two Ohio BWC claims resulting from a response to a vehicle accident requiring extrication.

The July 2020 activity was presented. There were 142 responses (28 fire and 114 EMS): Hebron 50, Union Township 52, and Mutual Aid 40.

Chief Mason requested permission from the board to purchase helmet shields, from Redd Public Safety, as part of the transition from the Village of Hebron to Refugee-Canyon Fire District. The helmet shields will properly identify the firefighters on scenes. Mr. Moore moved to purchase 50 helmet shields and 20 removable passports from Redd Public Safety for $2,410.00, and Mr. Weekly seconded the motion. It was clarified that three quotes were received: one incomplete quote for approximately $2,700.00, and another for $2,900.00. All members present voted in favor.

The board was informed that two part-time firefighters, who have been in paramedic school, have recently passed the written portion of the exam, and one has also passed the practical exam.

Chief Mason requested, and the board granted, permission to take a week vacation beginning August 17.


Old Business:

Update on Station 352:  Mr. Prince informed the board that Union Township Trustee, John Slater, has completed the site prep work and the Township Road supervisor will dig the footers.  The footers are anticipated to be inspected on Tuesday the 18th, and the contractor expects to start pouring the floor Thursday. The building is expected to be delivered the week of August 31. There was discussion on whether or not the anchor bolts were part of the package.  Mr. Prince stated he would follow up with the vendor on the matter.  Also, The Energy Cooperative installed a pole within the easement on the property. There was no update on the paint except that the Union Township Trustees had a discussion concerning the quality of paint to purchase rather than the cheapest.

Regarding the sale of surplus items, the fire district has not yet received payment for eight items. The total amount to be collected for all items is $3,877.54.

Chief Mason reported that the medic placed in service for COVID-19 responses was in an accident while returning from a transport to St. Ann’s Hospital. The medic was struck by another vehicle that fled. No one was hurt and a report was filed with Westerville Police. After getting back onto the interstate, a tire blew. The medic was towed and the incident will be reported to the insurance company.


New Business:

Ms. Perkowski presented a budget modification to cover anticipated expenses. Mr. Weekly moved to approve Resolution #12-2020 in the matter of transferring intra-fund appropriations.  Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.


Members’ Minute:

Mr. Prince recognized and congratulated Dr. Forshey for his induction to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Mr. Moore shared that the village received approximately $56,000 of CARES Act funds (referred to during the meeting as EMS grants) and that the fire district could request $3,200 of those funds for eligible expenses. The village is also in the process of interviewing for the Administrator position.


The next regular meeting will be August 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.

Mr. Weekly moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 PM, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.



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