Fire District Commissioner Meeting
Opening Prayer: Gordon called the meeting to order at 8 pm. The opening prayer was offered by Nic. Those present were Commissioners Jim Deuel, Mike Miller, Gordon Ball, Dallin Gambles, and Roger Anderson; Fire Chief Carl Anderson with Assistant Fire Chief Nic White; and Battalion Chiefs Jim Kelly, Blaine Ker, Mitch Bingham, and Corey Albertson. CFD attorney, Dennis Wilkinson was present as well as Nile Hall. Melanie Sullivan recorded the minutes.
Budget Hearing with public input – DISCUSSION ITEM: The budget hearing was opened at 8:02. Nile asked if there was anyone who has anything to discuss concerning the budget that was printed in the newspaper. There was not.
Close Budget Hearing: The budget hearing was closed at 8:03.
Foregone Money Hearing with public input – DISCUSSION ITEM: In the paper, it was published that we would use $250,000 of foregone money for the following: $94,500 for radio replacement, $60,000 for station #1 living quarters, $20,000 for Menan lighting and generator upgrade, and $75,500 for Lewisville expansion. Using the foregone money would raise the levy by 7%. The levy would not be raised if we took $150,000 or less. Carl said that Graham feels that $90,000 would complete the living quarters, and since $60,000 of that has already been budgeted in the current year, we could decrease that item by $30,000. The Lewisville expansion could be held off for now. This would bring the levy down to $144,500.
Close Foregone Money Hearing: The hearing was closed at 8:09.
Approval of Agenda– ACTION ITEM: The agenda was amended to place the budget discussion before the foregone amount discussion in both the hearings and new business. Mike moved to approve the amended agenda. Roger seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.
Approval of Minutes – ACTION ITEM: The minutes were reviewed previously through email. Jim moved to approve the minutes as they were written. Mike seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.
Budget Review: Melanie reviewed the budget. We did pay for the new Ririe truck, which brought our percentage of budget used closer to where we expect to be, but we are still well under budget, especially in the capital expenditures category.
Approval of Expenditures – ACTION ITEM: Jim reviewed the expenditures and moved to approve the expenditures in the amount of $204,674.15. This includes $178,283 for the new truck. Roger seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous. Mike added that he reviewed the payroll and that the district used 1320-man hours this month.
Mike asked Nile to explain some of the numbers that the budget is based on. The district went from $30 million last year to $40 million this year in the value of new construction. The amount of total property value in the district went to $1,700,000,000. The property value in Jefferson county went up $253 million, not counting the $40 million worth of new construction. Due to the increased in property values, our levy will stay the same even as the budget increases. The foregone money is the money that the district has not taken in the past but could have taken.
- New Ririe engine – ACTION ITEM: Carl said he got a bid for $408,955 from Hughes. There are two discounts: for full payment on completion or for partial prepayment with contract. There is additional discount if we pick it up. This truck has been included in this year’s budget. Jim moved to get this truck purchased and use what discounts we can get. Dallin seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.
- Remodel/living quarters district building – DISCUSSION ITEM: Graham was not present, but he is working on numbers and putting a bid package together.
- Budget 2020-2021 Approval – ACTION ITEM: Roger moved to approve the budget of $1,374,445 (corrected from $1,334,445). Dallin seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.
- Foregone money resolution – ACTION ITEM: Jim moved to approve the foregone money resolution in the amount of $144,500. This will replace radios, building Rigby living quarters, and install upstairs lighting with generator upgrade in Menan. Dallin seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.
- Annexation of Nims property – ACTION ITEM: Dennis prepared the order for the annexation of Nim’s property that was approved in July. He is making sure that Bonneville County has been fully informed and receives the order. Jim moved to approve the order written by our legal counsel for the annexation.
- New EMS truck for Rigby – ACTION ITEM: We can piggyback off of the bid for Ririe’s truck. Nic said the leadership would like a crew cab. The discussion was between a Chevy (costs $10,000 more with an unknown timeline) and a Dodge (180-day timeline because the chassis is already in stock). Mike moved to go with the Dodge chassis with a crew cab from Kenn Garff for $181,606. Jim seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.
- Disposition of excess trucks – DISCUSSION & ACTION ITEM: Carl said that they have been holding onto a water tender in Ririe with the intention of putting a different chassis under it to make it a wildland truck. They have not been able to find a chassis and is wondering if it should be disposed of. We also have a mini pumper that we have replaced. Lewisville asked if they could have the mini pumper if they get an addition. Roger suggested getting an appraisal for the old water tender and see if it is worth converting. Jim suggested holding onto the mini pumper if Lewisville could use it.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT: Carl reports that they have been busy. He attended the Jefferson county budget hearing meeting where an ambulance in Jefferson county was discussed. That is a possibility in the future after living quarters are put in the Rigby station.
– Battalion Chief input: Blaine says the new truck is really nice and can get up a hill where other trucks couldn’t.
ASSISTANT CHIEF REPORT: Nic said that he has been inspecting the schools (one new and two remodels) so that the schools can get open. 126 EMS calls and 20 fires this month.
COMMISSIONER REPORTS: Roger asked if we have responded to many COVID calls in this district. Mitch said they responded to one call where the patron stated that he tested positive for COVID, but healthcare has not contacted Carl to tell him that the responders had contact with a COVID patient. The standard for health care is if proper PPE is worn, you have not been exposed.
Mike moved to adjourn at 8:50 pm. Dallin seconded. The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.
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