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: Meeting was made public electronically via Facebook; there were sixteen listeners.

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:

Chairperson Forshey invited listeners to submit public comments via email or the RCFD website if they wished to do so. None were received.

The minutes from the previous regular meeting held April 9, 2020 were reviewed. Mr. Moore moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Weekly seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:

Ms. Perkowski presented the March 2020 bank reconciliation report. Mr. Weekly moved to approve the reconciliation as submitted. Mr. Prince seconded the motion, and all present members voted in favor.

Chief’s Report:

Chief Mason shared that E-351 was delivered April 11, 2020. Mounting hardware and equipment will be installed next week, and training will be provided to staff before the engine can go into service, hopefully within the next ten days.

Five more candidates for part-time employment are being processed. We are currently not able to get background checks and drivers’ abstracts due to COVID-19. If the candidates are brought before the board at the next meeting, the board would be asked to make the hires contingent upon getting and reviewing those reports.

Old Business:

Update on Station 2: The temporary building [occupancy permit] was finalized last week. Mr. Weekly and Mr. Slater (Union Township Trustee) did some survey work for the new building and identified water run-off concerns. Will likely set the building back further on the property for grading purposes. During the onsite visit, Mr. Slater indicated he would be able to do some work himself to get the ground prepared for construction. Mr. Weekly discussed the possibility of seeding a portion of the six-acre lot to prevent erosion. There was further discussion on having the property farmed for hay (or other grass) by a third-party; Chief Mason suggested that legal counsel review the topic for bidding requirements. Since Union Township awarded the contract for the construction of the permanent building to Solid Steel Buildings, Mr. Prince is reviewing some details of the contract and has not yet been executed. The proposal from Solid Steel Buildings states that the building will be delivered within nine weeks after receipt of down payment check.

New Business:

Ohio Deferred Compensation representative provided a resolution and agreement for the board to execute. Ms. Perkowski asked the board to grant the Fiscal Officer permission within the resolution to execute the agreement. Mr. Prince moved to adopt the resolution, with edits made to the entity name (from “Refugee Canyon Fire District” to “Refugee-Canyon Joint Fire District”), to name the Fiscal Officer as the authorized representative to execute the agreement. Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Members’ Minute:

Mr. Moore shared that at the last Village of Hebron Council meeting there was discussion the State of Ohio gave notice that revenues to local governments are expected to be reduced by approximately 20% for 2021 and advised the board to be aware and consider it in financial planning.

Mr. Prince shared that runs are currently down state-wide.

The next meeting will be May 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.

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


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