Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson
Mr. Charles Prince, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member
Mr. Randy Weekly, Member
Mr. Clifford Mason, Fire Chief
Ms. Amanda Perkowski, Fiscal Officer
Present from the Public: Refer to sign-in sheet
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.
Leslee Herro (Union Township resident), noting that the public comment period is limited to comments as opposed to questions, asked the board what the forum is for getting answers to questions. Dr. Forshey instructed the public to meet with and/or send emails to the board. The board members stated they will get their email accounts set-up on their mobile devices. She also asked when the 2021 budget would be released. Ms. Perkowski stated she has not yet been instructed by the board to create a 2021 budget and the regulations do not require it at this time. Lastly, Ms. Herro commented that people are worried about what will happen when a levy doesn’t pass, to which Chief Mason said a levy can be voted on up to three times before the board is required to make some sort of change.
The minutes from the previous meeting held February 3, 2020 were reviewed. Mr. Moore moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. All present members voted in favor.
Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:
The health insurance policy is in process with an effective date of March 1, 2020.
The payroll servicer requested information for the transition by March 5. About 85% of that information has been collected thus far.
Chief Mason reported three part-time employees will be starting full-time with the City of Newark March 9, though they have pledged to remain with the fire district in a part-time capacity. Four to five applicants are currently in the hiring process.
Licking Memorial Hospital sent a letter to the fire district commending the medic staff for their response to a heart attack.
The update on Station 2 at 6265 Lancaster Rd was given by Mr. Prince. The ADA sink was delivered. Plumbing work should be done next week. The project is ready for the final electrical inspection. All work for the building should be finished next week. For the new construction portion, Mr. Prince is proposing two bids: one for the building and another for the installation. He is waiting on a response from the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if the project will trigger prevailing wage.
Granville Township provided a response to the RCFD’s proposal to extend Granville Township Fire Department fire and EMS coverage dated February 20, 2020. The board has forwarded Granville Township’s proposal to the fire district’s legal counsel for review and comment. Mr. Prince provided a document outlining his concerns with the proposal; however, it was not reviewed. Further discussion was postponed until the next meeting.
Ms. Perkowski will contact the fiscal officers for both the Village of Hebron and Union Township to discuss getting the carry-over funds. The joint resolution establishing the fire district clearly outlines each party’s responsibilities and an additional contract is not necessary.
Chief Mason requested the board provide some dates for swearing-in firefighters. Mr. Prince offered to set the first date for the next meeting, March 5.
Mr. Prince is optimistic that the fire district will reach some agreement with Granville Township. He also congratulated the fire district employees and commended especially those who responded to the heart attack run recognized by Licking Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Moore reported the new fire engine should be here April 9 or 10.
Chairperson Forshey expressed he thinks the board is getting closer and closer to reaching an agreement with Granville Township.
The next meeting will be March 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.
After the March 5 meeting, the board will have regular meetings every second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Mr. Moore moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:36 PM, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. All present members voted in favor of the motion.