Present Members:

Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson
Mr. Randy Weekly, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member

Present Staff:

Ms. Amanda N. Perkowski, Fiscal Officer
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 thirty-five (35) views. Attending in-person were: Brandon Morgan, Travis Colley, Ryan Crabill, Lawrence Tittle, Tyler Vorhees, Jill Forshey, and Mayor Jim Layton.

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.

[NOTE: Dr. Forshey attended the meeting in-person, but participated in a limited speaking role and communicated using a white-board when appropriate.]

Public Comment:

Comments from live-stream listeners were directed to be sent by email to station350@rcfiredistrict.org. None were received.

Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:

The minutes from the previous regular meeting held 11 March 2021 were reviewed.  Mr. Wolf moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0-1 (Dr. Forshey – Abstain; Mr. Weekly – Yes; Mr. Moore – Yes; Mr. Wolf – Yes).

Resolution #08-2021 Final Appropriations was reviewed. Mr. Moore moved to approve Resolution #08-2021. Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

Chief’s Report:

Chief Mason informed the board of a fire at Greenbriar, and he is working with the Licking County Fire Investigation team and Hebron Police Department.

RCFD has received the executed agreement from ODNR for a grant and will be moving forward to purchase a UTV.

One of the personnel investigations approved at the last meeting is complete and expects to have a written report ready next week.

A life safety inspection was completed for a foster-care home in the village.

There is an issue with the generator on Engine-351. Chief Mason is working to get repairs completed under warranty.

Old Business:

Mr. Weekly shared that Union Township has appointed Jeff Sharps as their representative on the RCFD Board of Trustees.  He is expected to be sworn-in at the next meeting. Mr. Moore expressed concern with Mr. Sharps’ previous public display of his position regarding the formation of the fire district and asked Mr. Weekly if Mr. Sharps had changed his mind.  Mr. Weekly stated he believes Mr. Sharps was sincere in the interview when Mr. Sharps said that this was his fire department and wants to work towards making it a better fire department.

Union Township met in special session this morning and executed a revised Memorandum of Understanding regarding Station 352.  Mr. Weekly delivered the MOU earlier and copies were presented to the remaining board members for review.  Mr. Wolf moved to approve the MOU, and Dr. Forshey seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0-1 (Dr. Forshey – Yes; Mr. Weekly – Abstain; Mr. Moore – Yes; Mr. Wolf – Yes).

Executive Session:

At 7:09 P.M., Mr. Moore moved to enter into executive session pursuant to O.R.C. 121.22(G)(3) to consult with an attorney (via phone) concerning imminent court action. Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0. At 7:20 P.M., Mr. Moore moved to return from executive session, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

New Business:

Mr. Wolf moved to authorize the attorney to file the prepared complaint with the Licking County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Weekly seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.

Members’ Minute:

Mr. Moore shared, for those livestreaming the meeting, Mayor Layton had joined the meeting in-person and asked about the road closure due to the culvert on U.S. Route 40. Mayor Layton said the closure is scheduled for the month of June, but wasn’t sure about the exact duration. The closure will be advertised by the Village of Hebron.

Mayor Layton shared that there is a lot of interest in bringing manufacturing and warehousing to the area through agencies like Grow Licking County and the Port Authority and hopes that it works out for the local economy.

 

The next regular meeting will be April 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.

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

 

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