Present Members:

Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Weekly, Vice Chair
Mr. Jeff Sharps, Member

Excused Members:

Dr. Tony Forshey, Chair
Mr. Randy Wolf

Present Staff:

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 no in-person attendees.

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

Opening:

Meeting was called to order at 1900 hours by Vice Chair, Randy Weekly who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Comment:

No public comments were received via station350@rcfiredistrict.org.  There were thirty-three views.

 

Mr. Weekly began by addressing the first item on the agenda which was to consider the appointment of part-time FF/EMT-P Jerry Brooks.  Chief Mason suggested that no action be taken on this at this time.  The discussion was tabled.  No further action by the board on this agenda item.

 

Fiscal Officer’s Report:

In the absence of the fiscal officer, Chief Mason presented the minutes from the October 28, 2021 special meeting and the November 8, 2021 regular scheduled meeting.  Mr. Moore made a motion to approve the meeting minutes as presented.  Mr. Sharps seconded the motion.  All members present voted in favor of the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Fire Chief’s Report:

Chief Mason presented the board with a letter of resignation from full-time FF/EMT-P Cody Skeese who has accepted a position with the City of Newark, OH Fire Department.  His resignation is effective. 11/27/2021.  Chief Mason also presented a letter of resignation from full-time employee Cristian Santiago who has accepted a position with Franklin Township Fire Department in Franklin County.  His resignation is effective 12/11/2021.  Mr. Sharps moved to accept the resignations as presented.  Mr. Moore seconded the motion.  All presented voted in favor of the motion.  Motion carried.

Chief Mason requested the board appoint part-time FF/EMT-P Lawrence Tittle to full-time status effective 12/11/2021, and part-time FF/EMT-P Matthew McQuesten to full-time status effective 12/12/2021 contingent upon successful completion of the required Ohio Police and Fire Disability Pension Fund physical exam.  Mr. Moore moved to appoint FF/EMT-P Tittle and McQuesten to full-time status as requested upon successful completion of Ohio Police and Fire Disability Pension Fund physical exam(s).  Mr. Sharps seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor of the motion.  Motion carried.

Chief Mason provided an update on the status of E-351 brake issue.  The truck is back in service at this time.

Chief Mason reported that the 2001 Pierce apparatus failed the pump test and it is out-of-service due to not being able to pull prime.  Follow-up with Atlantic Emergency Solutions will occur.

 

Old Business:

Discussion on Records Commission and Volunteer Fire Firefighters Dependency Fund boards meeting prior to the next regular scheduled meeting which is 12/09/2021.  Mr. Moore moved to schedule the Records Commission meeting for 1800 hours and the VFDF meeting at 1830 hours on 12/09/2021.  Mr. Sharps seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor of the motion.  Motion carried.

The UTV has been received.  This was purchased through an ODNR grant.  FF/EMT-P Blamey will be conducting orientation into the operation of the unit.

 

New Business:

Mr. Weekly advised that Stacie Mercer has declined the offer to serve as RCFD Fiscal Officer.  Chief has received four applications through Ohio Means Jobs.  Chief Mason will reach out to the interested applicants for follow-up.

Mr. Weekly advised Amanda Perkowski has been in and paid the bills and processed payroll.

 

Members Minute:

Mr. Moore expressed concern on behalf of Mayor Layton regarding the future plan for the fire district given the recent levy failure.   Discussion regarding the impact on the budget and the effect on the operations.  Mr. Sharps expressed a sense of urgency moving forward.  Mr. Sharps recommends the RCFD Board to meet and discuss the budget internally.  Mr. Moore moved to schedule a meeting on 11/29/2021 at 1400 hours to review the 2022 proposed budget.  Mr. Weekly seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor of the motion.  Motion carried.

There was discussion about the Village of Hebron providing support if/as needed with respect to the fiscal officer vacancy.  It was stated that the village fiscal officer has been supportive and Mr. Moore believed she would continue to support the needs.

Motion by Mr. Sharps to adjourn the meeting at 1935 hours.  Mr. Moore seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor of the motion.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned.

 

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