Present Members:

Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson (called in late)
Mr. Randy Weekly, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member

Present Staff:

Ms. Amanda N. Perkowski, Fiscal Officer

Excused 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 fifty-two (52) views. Cody Skeese and Chris Tucker attended in-person.

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

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

Public Comment:

Comments from live-stream listeners were directed to be sent by email to station350@rcfiredistrict.org. The following comments/questions were received from Patty Costello by email on 2/25/2021, and responses were provided for each:

  • Please ask the members of the board why there has been no discussion of the levy’s defeat during any fire district meetings other than two comments from the general public.
    Response: There has been brief discussion on the topic during previous meetings. Further discussion hasn’t been found to be necessary.

 

  • Are there any plans to discuss the defeat and the need for another levy.  I would like to hear from the board members on this subject.
    Response: There are no specific plans scheduled to discuss the defeat of the previous levy or the need for another levy at this time.

 

  • This question is for each of the board members individually.  Have you discussed the defeated levy or whether another levy should be proposed with any other member of the fire district board outside of the public meetings.
    No response was given as RCFD’s public participation policy specifically states “no person may address or question Board members individually”.

 

  • This question is for Ms. Perkowski.  You have indicated that there have been “no documented discussions” of the defeat of the levy or of a potential levy.  This implies that there may have been undocumented discussions.  Please elaborate.
    Response: Amanda Perkowski was responding to a public records request and was only obligated to provide documented discussions.  

 

  • Ms. Perkowski indicates that the RCFD does not have to create a document that doesn’t exist.  This was in regards to my question regarding run times.  It is my understanding that the fire district is required to keep records of all run times.  Therefore, most of this information should be readily available.  Chief Mason and Mr. Prince often talk about average run times in trying to convince the public about the efficiency of the fire district.  I would think, if this information is available and favorable, sharing it would only work to the district’s advantage.
    Response: Her questions regarding run times have been forwarded to appropriate staff for response. However, she asked for summarized information and comparisons of specific data to which Patty was simply informed that RCFD is not obligated to create documents that do not exist. The information on run times is produced by Licking County, not RCFD.
    [Captain Wyse responded to the request and sent an assessment of run times to Patty Costello on 2/25/2021.]

 

  • Chief Mason and Mr. Prince have often spoken of the decrease in run times in the south/southwest portion of the township.  I do not recall ever hearing about the run times in the northern part of the township previously served Granville Township.  Please ask the board to discuss how run times in the northern portion of the township compare with the run times since the fire district took over the coverage.
    Response: Her questions regarding runs times have been forwarded to appropriate staff for response and will not be discussed during tonight’s meeting.
    [Captain Wyse responded to the request and sent an assessment of run times to Patty Costello on 2/25/2021.]

Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:

The minutes from the previous regular meeting held 11 February 2021 were reviewed.  Mr. Wolf moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0 (Dr. Forshey had not yet called into the meeting).

At this time, Dr. Forshey called into the meeting.

The January 2021 bank reconciliation was reviewed. Mr. Moore moved to approve the bank reconciliation report as submitted, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Ms. Perkowski informed the board that the 2020 Annual Financial Report had been completed and asked the board for authorization to publish a public notice in the Newark Advocate. Mr. Moore moved to give the Fiscal Officer authorization to publish the public notice. Mr. Weekly seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

The 2021 certificate of revenue provided by the Licking County Auditor’s Office was presented to the board.

Chief’s Report:

No report; Chief Mason was excused.

Old Business:

Vice Chairperson Weekly shared that he had not yet received any letters of interest to serve on the RCFD board as a Union Township representative.  The letters were requested to be submitted by February 26, 2021.

New Business:

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was presented to the board. It outlines the responsibilities of Station 352 for an interim period while a lease agreement is negotiated. The issue is that there is debate over which entity is responsible for paying utilities at Station 352. RCFD has two legal opinions advising RCFD does not have the authority to pay utilities at Station 352. Union Township’s legal representation disagrees. RCFD is respectfully agreeing to disagree, and is offering this MOU in an effort to move forward and address utility expenses that have already been incurred. Mr. Wolf moved to execute the MOU, and Dr. Forshey seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Members’ Minute:

Mr. Moore said he is thankful that we got through this bout of winter weather and snow without any major accidents.

 

The next regular meeting will be March 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.

Mr. Moore moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 PM, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

 

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