Dr. Tony Forshey, Chairperson
Mr. Charles Prince, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Richard Moore, Member
Mr. Randy Weekly, Member
Mr. Randy Wolf, Member
Mr. Clifford L. Mason, Fire Chief
Ms. Amanda N. 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 7:00 PM by Chairperson Forshey who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Village of Hebron has appointed Mr. Moore as one of their council representatives. Chairperson Forshey administered the oath of office to Mr. Moore. Nominations were opened for Vice Chairperson. Mr. Moore nominated Mr. Prince, and the motion was seconded by Mr. Weekly. No other nominations were received. Four members voted in favor (Mr. Prince abstained).
Mr. Prince and Mr. Weekly have already waived compensation from the RCFD board at the time they were appointed by Union Township. Chairperson Forshey moved for the remaining members of the board to also waive compensation. Motion was seconded by Mr. Moore and all members voted in favor.
Ms. Perkowski reviewed the proposed 2020 Fund Balance Summary. Revenue was sent to the County Auditor for certification this afternoon. After the revenue is certified, the board may adopt a budget and submit to the County for appropriations.
Clerk/ Fiscal Officer’s Report:
Communication from UAN confirms that the fire district is on the waiting list for training, hardware and software.
The fire district has applied for a credit card through Park National Bank and is pending approval.
Members discussed moving the meeting location from the Hebron Municipal Complex to the fire station. Mr. Moore moved to have future RCFD board meetings as 111 Basin Street. Mr. Prince seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
A brief description of the Community Paramedicine Program was provided, and the board was informed that two staff will be part of the program to provide these services to residents in the response area.
RCFD has contracted with a new vendor for EMS billing services and has been authorized for Medicare and Medicaid services through that vendor.
The board was informed that they have email addresses for the fire district, and they are now posted on the RCFD website.
The update on Station 2 at 6265 Lancaster Rd. was given by Mr. Prince. The “rough” electrical inspection was approved. The interior door package was received, and the drywall work should be completed mid-week. Also, the ADA shower stall is expected to be delivered within 2 weeks, after which the plumber can finish in a day or two.
Regarding health insurance, Chief Mason stated he is waiting on one more quote, for a total fo three quotes for review hopefully next week.
Chief Mason provided a draft agreement that was received from Licking County for emergency services dispatching and stated that it has been forwarded to the board’s legal counsel for comment before a decision is made. There was also discussion on the terms of the contract obligating three years of payment rather than having language allowing the board to establish fiscal impact annually.
Mr. Wolf state Chairperson Forshey, Chief mason, and he are scheduled to meet with Granville, Township tomorrow morning at 10:30 to discuss terms for an agreement. He would like to propose an agreement for the current services to be provided for 120 days at $275 per day ($33,000 total). Chairperson Forshey added that a long-term solution should be part of the discussion.
There was discussion on where to post meeting agendas and minutes. Mr. Prince moved to have the Fiscal Officer post agendas and minutes at the post office, Union Township building, Hebron Library, and RCFD website. Mr. Moore seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Leslee Herro, of Union Twp., addressed Ms. Perkowski and requested details of the budget presentation. Ms. Perkowski welcomed Ms. Herro to contact her via phone or email and the support documentation would be provided. She also asked the board what the plan is if an agreement isn’t reached at the meeting tomorrow with Granville. Chairperson Forshey conveyed that the goal is to reach an agreement.
Ms. Patty Costello (3982 Canyon Rd.) expressed her concern about being a Union Township resident but was not made aware, until recently, of the creation of the RCFD or the impact to service north of the railroad tracks. Mr. Prince explained that major discussions began about 18 months ago, and a consultant was hire to find a solution to response times in the northern area. The fire district was formed as a result of the consultant’s findings.
Mikey Bishop (5849 Lancaster Rd.) addressed Ms. Perkowski asking where the $35,000 was in the budget for the proposed contract with Granville Township. Ms. Perkowski identified the allocation was included in Other Contractual Services. He also questioned the comment of not needing a new levy, as he identified that tax revenues exceed operating expenses in the proposed 2020 Fund Balance Summary. Ms. Perkowski confirmed that a new levy is not proposed at this time and further stated that long-term projections have not been completed. He also requested to see support documentation for the budget and stated he would email Ms. Perkowski with that request.
Mr. Weekly complimented the Fiscal Officer on her work for the fire district thus far.
Mr. Prince gave well wishes for the meeting with Granville Township and expressed his hope to reach an agreement that works for both parties and improves service to everyone in Union Township.
The next meeting will be February 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the RCFD station.
Mr. Moore moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 PM and Mr. Weekly seconded the motion. All present members voted in favor of the motion.