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
Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson
Present from the Public: The meeting was made public via live stream on RCFD’s Facebook page. There were sixty-seven (67) live viewers. Also, Leslee Herro (Union Township resident) attended in-person. Total number of persons remained at ten (10) or less.
Location: Refugee-Canyon Fire District, 111 Basin Street, Hebron, OH
The meeting was made public via live stream on RCFD’s Facebook page. There were sixty-seven (67) live viewers. Also, Leslee Herro (Union Township resident) attended in-person. Total number of persons remained at ten (10) or less.
Comments from live-stream listeners were directed to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; none were received. Leslee Herro, who was in attendance, asked if a 2021 operating budget had been prepared and if it was available to view. Mr. Prince indicated it was his understanding that it was still a work in progress and redirected the question to the Fiscal Officer and Fire Chief. Ms. Perkowski stated that the next step in the process was to implement a revised payroll policy including step increases, which was on the agenda later in the meeting, in order to be able to project expenses for the remainder of the year. In further discussion, Ms. Herro asked when a 2021 operating budget would be ready in order to determine if a new levy is needed by early August (specifically 90 days before the election). Mr. Prince stated that he would expect to have a 2021 operating budget ready for discussion by the second meeting in July.
Mr. Prince welcomed Jeremiah Weekly, FF-EMT-P, who was appointed at the previous meeting to a part-time position. He was sworn-in by his father, Mr. Randy Weekly.
The minutes from the previous regular meeting held May 14, 2020 were reviewed. Mr. Moore moved to approve the minutes as submitted, and Mr. Wolf seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
Clerk/Fiscal Officer’s Report:
Ms. Perkowski reported the cable, gas, and electric accounts have been transferred from the Village of Hebron to RCFD. The internet account is pending information from the Village of Hebron in order to preserve the courtesy account discount.
Registration for Uniform Accounting Network (UAN) training is contingent upon submitting conversion data for review and approval by UAN and is intended to be submitted in June.
Chief Mason reported a part-time firefighter (Kyle Rehl) submitted his letter of resignation effective June 9, 2020. He just completed paramedic school and was recently hired full-time by West Licking Joint Fire District.
Had an issue with the brakes on the new engine. The issue involved an unprotected wire that was enduring friction. Spartan is taking accountability for the missing wire casing and is covering all associated costs.
There was a working fire on Lee’s Drive on Monday night. RCFD and Heath fire departments arrived to extinguish the fire. Newark, West Licking, Thorn, Licking Township, and Buckeye Lake fire departments also responded and arrived at the scene. Everybody worked together well.
Update on Station 2: The design of the apparatus bay has been completed by Solid Steel Buildings and expect to receive the building package closer to six-seven weeks. Union Township will put out a formal re-bid for the concrete foundation. Chief Mason is in the process of receiving quotes for the garage doors. The engine and medic are at Station 2 full-time. Since May, three staff have been working at Station 2 (with the exception of a few days). Run times have decreased and is a positive outcome by design.
Ms. Perkowski presented a revised payroll policy. With input from an attorney and after reviewing various local union contracts, the proposed policy includes a 21-day work period and details how overtime is calculated in compliance with FLSA. It also includes a table for step increases for firefighters. The policy is to take effect for the next pay period; however, Ms. Perkowski asked that the step increases be applicable to retroactively calculate backpay for a staff person what was eligible for a step increase in February. Mr. Weekly so moved, and Mr. Wolf seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Prince shared, and Chief Mason confirmed, that runs have increased in the last two weeks. Mr. Prince also expressed concern and wanted to correct a rumor that patients are only being taken to Licking Memorial Hospital; this is false. Patients are taken to the most appropriate facility including hospitals in Franklin and surrounding counties.
Mr. Moore reported he is taking two electric bills back to the village for tornado sirens that have been historically paid from the Fire/EMS fund to now be paid by the village.
The next meeting will be June 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.
Mr. Weekly moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:31 PM, and Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.