Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson
Mr. Charles Prince, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Weekly, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member
Mr. Clifford Mason, Fire Chief
Ms. Amanda Perkowski, Fiscal Officer
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 7:31 PM by Chairperson Forshey who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The special meeting was called to discuss potential compensation to Granville Township for fire and EMS service in Union Township. Mr. Prince provided an overview of the relevant events leading to date.
Brittany Smith (102 Yellow Stone) asked what were the terms of contract that Granville Township denied and how are the terms different than the contract in the past. Mr. Prince explained that the board hadn’t proposed a contract since the last Thursday meeting and further explained that Granville Township provided cancelation notice in November 2019 for a contract with Union Township based on revenue generated in a geographical location rather than demand for service. Mr. Prince stated that he has met with representatives of Granville Township numerous times over approximately a two-year period to discuss fire/EMS service to Union Township and how the funds were being allocated.
Ken Kurns expressed concern about the response time to his home once the contract with Granville Township ceases and asked when action will be taken. Mr. Prince stated that the RCFD has had conversations with fire departments of Newark, Heath, and West Licking and all of them are able and willing to respond to the area. The meeting tonight was specifically called to discuss potential terms the RCFD can propose to Granville Township to continue service to Union Township.
Discussions were held last Thursday with representatives of RCFD and Granville Township. During which, Granville Township stated they would not respond into a primary service area without compensation. RCFD gave an offer to Granville Township to extend the contract for service into Union Township until Station 2 is operational for the same price Granville Township receives from other communities (zero dollars); but Granville Township’s response was they will not consider any contract without compensation.
Michael (Mikey) Bishop (5849 Lancaster Rd.) provided statements regarding the definitions of automatic and mutual aid in relation to the City of Columbus. He further explained the requirements of the Federal Mandate for Mutual Aid and Automatic Response. He also inferred that the reason Granville Township does not charge other communities is because they have a better relationship with those communities than with Union Township due to lack of communication.
Other comments and discussion were related to services provided by and to other local communities for no compensation and without contract.
The remainder of the discussion pertinent to the topic on the agenda focused on the board’s intent to move forward with their contractual relationship with Granville Township and to discuss proposed terms for an agreement. Mr. Prince moved to have Dr. Forshey, Chief Mason, and Mr. Wolf meet with Granville Township to discuss a dollar value that would seem fair to all. Mr. Weekly seconded the motion. All present members voted in favor.
Mr. Prince moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:11 PM and Mr. Moore seconded. Motion carried 5-0.