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: Due to unexpected technical difficulty, the meeting was made public electronically via Chief Mason’s phone/Facebook account and was subsequently posted to RCFD’s Facebook page. There were twenty-six (26) live viewers.
Location: Refugee-Canyon Fire District, 111 Basin Street, Hebron, OH
Meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM by Chairperson Forshey who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
For EMS Week, the board members signed and Dr. Forshey read a proclamation to recognize and celebrate all Fire District EMS employees for their service to this community.
Chairperson Forshey invited listeners to submit public comments via email or the RCFD website if they wished to do so. None were received.
Dr. Forshey swore-in the following full-time and part-time new hires:
- Full-time – Carter Sherburne, Ethan Jolliff, and Cristian Santiago.
- Part-time – Anthony Walsh, Garret Beauchamp, and Justin Osborne.
Mr. Prince moved to appoint Jeremiah Weekly, Firefighter/Paramedic, to a part-time position with RCFD, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0 (Mr. Weekly and Mr. Moore abstained).
The minutes from the previous regular meeting held April 23, 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:
Chief Mason reported the new engine (Engine-351) has been in service for approximately ten days. Since then, Engine-352 and Medic-352 have been operating from Station 2 which is being staffed with at least two, most days three, firefighters.
April 2020 fire/EMS activity was down. There were 41 calls for service in the township, 35 calls in the village, and a total of 90 calls; the remaining calls were automatic responses split between West Licking, Licking Twp., Heath, Buckeye Lake, and Millersport.
Update on Station 2: Work with the architect (JBA Architects) has been finalized. The down payment for the building kit was sent to Solid Steel Buildings early last week, and the building should be delivered within 9-10 weeks. Due to the social distancing guidance, painting at Station 2 has not yet been scheduled; once restrictions are lifted, a date will be scheduled. Then, the trim can be installed. Mr. Prince indicated Union Township is working on getting the paint donated rather than purchasing it.
Regarding revisions to the payroll policy and step increases, we are waiting on information to be received from an attorney and hope to have a revised policy to be presented to the board at the next meeting.
Mr. Weekly moved to approve Resolution 05-2020 approving the additional cost of $441.00 for the purchase of the temporary structure. Mr. Wolf seconded the motion and all present members voted in favor.
Mr. Moore passed on information from the last Village of Hebron Council meeting that tax revenue for the village is down and advised the RCFD Fiscal Officer to take it into consideration for the fire district when planning for next year.
Mr. Prince shared that he intends to have a resolution for the next Union Township meeting opposing the effort to conform boundaries of Granville Township. Mr. Moore added that the Village of Hebron passed a similar resolution last night.
Mr. Prince discussed the impact on traffic patterns due to the bridge project on SR 16 and stated that Station 2 will be a benefit to those Granville Township residents if RCFD is called for automatic response to that area.
Mr. Weekly noted that Granville Township had requested payment from both Union Township and RCFD for fire/EMS service. The payment from RCFD was reported to have already been mailed.
The next meeting will be May 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.
Mr. Prince moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 PM, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.