IN THE MATTER OF employing fire district’s attorneys on an annual basis for the year 2022
WHEREAS: the Refuge-Canyon Joint Fire (“District”) is authorized by Section 309.09(B) of the Revised Code to employ attorneys on an annual basis other than the prosecuting attorney to represent the Joint Fire and its officers, boards and commissions in their official capacities and to advise them on legal matters; and
WHEREAS: Section 309.09(B) of the Revised Code provides that no such attorney may be employed except on the order of the District, duly entered upon its Journal, in which the compensation to be paid for the attorney’s legal services shall be fixed; and
WHEREAS: the District finds it necessary to appoint attorneys to counsel and represent the Joint Fire on an annual basis for calendar year 2022 in such matters as the District or its designee may refer to them; and
WHEREAS: the District has appropriated the sum of $1,500.00 for legal services for 2022;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Refuge-Canyon Joint Fire, Licking County, Ohio, that:
SECTION 1. Peter N. Griggs of Brosius, Johnson & Griggs, LLC and the law firm of Brosius, Johnson & Griggs, LLC, are hereby employed on an annual basis for calendar year 2022 as the Joint Fire’s legal counsel to represent the Joint Fire and its officers, boards and commissions in their official capacities and to advise them in connection with such matters as may be referred to said Counsel by or on behalf of the District or its designee.
SECTION 2. The compensation for such counsel during 2022 shall be paid as follows: $225.00 per hour partner attorney time; $205.00 per hour senior associate time; $180.00 per hour associate time; $120.00 per hour law clerk time; and $105.00 per hour legal assistant time; plus out-of-pocket expense reimbursements; provided that the total compensation shall not exceed $1,500.00 without further action by this District.
SECTION 3. The attorneys may be discharged at any time by majority vote of the District.
SECTION 4. The Joint Fire is directed to send a copy of this Resolution to the law firm.
SECTION 5. It is found and determined that all formal actions of this District concerning and relating to the passage of this Resolution were taken in an open meeting of this District, and that all deliberations of this District and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal actions were in meetings open to the public in compliance with all legal requirements including, without limitation, Section 121.22 of the Revised Code.
SECTION 6. This Resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after the date of its adoption.
Adopted: December 23, 2021