Mr. James Layton, Chairperson
Mr. Charles Prince, Vice Chairperson
Dr. Tony Forshey, Member
Mr. Randy Weekly, Member
Mr. Clifford Mason, Fire Chief
Ms. Amanda Perkowski, Fiscal Officer
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Present from the Public: Refer to sign-in sheet
Location: Hebron Municipal Complex, 934 W. Main St. Hebron, OH
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chairperson Layton who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes from the previous meeting held on January 16, 2020 were reviewed. Mr. Weekly moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Prince seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0.
The Village of Hebron has appointed Mr. Moore as their council representative, and they have also appointed Mr. Wolf as representative. Mr. Moore is excused and will take his oath of office at a later date. Chairperson Layton administered the oath of office to Mr. Wolf.
Mr. Prince and Mr. Weekly, who were appointed by the Union Township Board of Trustees, were also sworn in by Chairperson Layton.
Mr. Prince moved to appoint Dr. Forshey as the new chairperson. No other nominations were given. Mr. Weekly moved to close the nominations, seconded by Mr. Wolf. All current, present members voted in favor, 5-0. Chairperson Layton administered the oath of office to Dr. Forshey.
Mr. Layton resigned from the board due to taking office as Mayor of the Village of Hebron.
Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:
The UAN agreement is still being held by UAN pending the return of a UAN employee, at which time he should confirm the fire district is on the waiting list for training in the spring. The fire district intends to use Quickbooks for accounting during the interim.
No progress has been made on developing Records Retention Board and Policy.
Chief Mason informed the board that he, Mr. Prince, Granville Township Trustee Schaadt, and Chief Curtis met earlier in the day to discuss an agreement. Further details under new business.
In regard to establishing the Volunteer Firefighter Dependent Fund, the Division of State Fire Marshal has accepted the entity changes and updated the fire district’s account profile.
Chief Mason reported he is waiting on two health insurance quotes.
The update on Station 2 at 6265 Lancaster Rd was given by Mr. Prince. The plumbing work is pending delivery of the ADA shower stall. The electrical inspection is scheduled for Monday morning, after which the drywall work can be completed. The interior doors are expected to be delivered next Wednesday. He intends to get approval for temporary occupancy by February 6.
Mr. Layton informed the board that he, Mr. Prince and Chief Mason met with Licking County Emergency Management Director Sean Grady at the new 911 center and took a tour. He expressed the fire district’s position that the proposed fee is unfair and inequitable. Mr. Grady shared that if a levy does get passed, that the fee would be void. Furthermore, if the levy fails, the fee could be applied county-wide.
Chief Mason and Mr. Prince met with Granville Trustee Schaadt and Chief Curtis. The Granville Township Trustees will not provide service into Union Township after February 6, 2020 without compensation. Chief Mason and Chief Curtis will re-draw the boundaries to determine what the best primary response area is, and the RCFD Board would be responsible for deciding if there would be financial compensation to Granville Township to respond in that area. Area chiefs have verbally agreed to Chief Mason that they will provide services when needed. Mr. Prince moved to send the proposed agreement for automatic aid at no compensation to Granville Township for decision. Chairperson Forshey seconded the motion, and all present members voted in favor.
Ms. Leslee Herro, of Union Twp., Ohio asked the board what is going to happen after February 6 when the Granville/Union Township agreement expires and stated the board did not need to respond to the question.
The next meeting will be January 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Hebron Municipal Complex.
Both Mr. Wolf and Chairperson Forshey gave brief introduction speeches to the public in attendance.
Mr. Prince moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 PM and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. All present members voted in favor of the motion.