Present Members:

Mr. Randy Weekly, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Jeff Sharps, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member

Excused Members:

Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson

Present Staff:

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

Present from the Public: The meeting was made public via live stream on RCFD’s YouTube channel. There were forty-eight (48) views. Also, there were four (4) attendees in-person (refer to sign-in sheet).

Location: Refugee-Canyon Fire District, 111 Basin Street, Hebron, OH

Opening:

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Vice Chairperson Weekly who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chief Mason presented a proclamation recognizing EMS Week.  Mr. Wolf moved to approve the proclamation, and Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

Public Comment:

Comments from live-stream listeners were directed to be sent by email to station350@rcfiredistrict.org.

Leslee Herro asked the board to speak about their strategy for a levy this November and how the recent defeat of the 1.8 Union Township replacement levy will play into their thinking. Mr. Weekly stated he is disappointed that the Union Township levy didn’t pass and that a work session is needed to discuss future finances. Leslee further asked when the board will review what will be placed on the November ballot.  Mr. Weekly said he believed it would need to be done in July to meet required deadlines. Further discussion clarified that RCFD is not required to place a levy on the ballot in November and a work session will be held with RCFD and Union Township representatives to discuss finance strategies.

Comments received from Patty Costello by email were provided to Mr. Weekly. He stated that he believed her comments regarding the defeat of the Union Township levy and plans for a future fire district levy had been addressed in the previous discussion.

Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:

The minutes from the previous regular meeting held 22 April 2021 were reviewed.  Mr. Wolf moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Sharps seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0-1 (Mr. Moore abstained).

The April 2021 bank reconciliation and bills were reviewed.  Mr. Moore moved to approve the bank reconciliation as submitted, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

Chief’s Report:

Chief Mason informed the board that all five of the newly appointed part-time firefighters successfully completed all the contingent requirements and have been assigned to work.

The Licking County Regional Communications Center is updating technology in August 2021 which may require RCFD to upgrade its Emergency Reporting software for a fee.  Chief Mason will meet with a representative of ESO and determine if switching to a new software is more suitable rather than upgrading the current software.

ISO will begin the audit for RCFD’s ISO rating on May 25, 2021.

Confined space training has been rescheduled for June 29-30, 2021.

The April 2021 fire/EMS activity report was presented.

Chief Mason is working with Sunfield Corp. to offer fire extinguisher training to their staff.

Multiple pre-construction plans have been reviewed for warehouse projects in the village.

The PR event with the Salvation Army for donations to Hebron Elementary did not take place; the Salvation Army representative did not show up.

Engine 351 has been serviced and the generator repaired.

Shackleford delivered the new dumpster to Station 352.

A new dishwasher was purchased and installed at Station 352.

Staff continues working towards purchasing a UTV per the ODNR grant requirements.

Also, Lt. Woods is working towards improving the water quality at Station 352 by purchasing a water softener.

Old Business:

Regarding the MOU/lease agreement, legal counsel provided a memo to the board with updates on all outstanding legal issues including the lease agreement. He summarized some outstanding issues that he is working on with Ms. Carnes, but is in agreement with approximately 95% of the document and has a positive outlook. He offered the board members to contact him directly with any questions, comments, or concerns.

The temporary building at Station 352 sold at auction on GovDeals for $15,201 to a buyer in Baltimore, Ohio.

New Business:

Ms. Perkowski presented Resolution #12-2021 (Budget modification). Mr. Moore moved to approve the resolution, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

Executive Session:

At 7:48 P.M., Mr. Moore moved to enter into executive session pursuant to O.R.C. 121.22(G)(1) to consider the discipline of a public employee(s). Mr. Sharps seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

At 8:13 P.M., Mr. Weekly moved to return from executive session, and Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.  No action was taken.

Members’ Minute:

Mr. Wolf asked Chief Mason about the Pulte development progress. Chief Mason stated they are building roads and installing utilities (including hydrants) to S.R. 79.

Mr. Moore brought attention to the traffic problems associated with I.R. 70 being closed down and vehicles blocking the fire station in the village. Chief Mason contacted village officials who made contact with ODOT to address the issue. Mr. Moore also thanked RCFD first responders for responding to his recent medical emergencies.

Mr. Weekly committed to scheduling a work session with Union Township.

Closing:

The next regular meeting will be May 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.

Mr. Sharps moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:19 PM, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

 

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