October 8, 2020 Minutes

Opening Prayer:  Gordon opened the meeting at 8:00 pm. The opening prayer was offered by Nic White.  Those present were Commissioners Jim Deuel, Mike Miller via telephone, Gordon Ball, Dallin Gambles, and Roger Anderson (arrived after meeting opened); Fire Chief Carl Anderson with Assistant Fire Chief Nic White; and Battalion Chiefs Jim Kelly, Blaine Ker, Mitch Bingham, and Corey Albertson. Dennis Wilkinson, CFD attorney, Graham Whipple, Architect, Nile Hall and a couple of patrons were present.  Melanie Sullivan recorded the minutes.

Approval of Agenda– ACTION ITEM:  Dallin moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Gordon seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin was unanimous. 

Approval of Minutes – ACTION ITEM:   The minutes were reviewed by the commissioners previously.  Gordon moved to approve the minutes.  Jim seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, was unanimous. 

Budget Review:  Melanie reviewed the budget.  We are at the end of the fiscal year and still well within budget. 

Approval of Expenditures – ACTION ITEM: Jim reviewed the expenditures.  We spend over $200,000 on payment of a fire truck.  The rest of the expenditures looked good. Jim moved to accept the expenditures in the amount of $220,396.85 (corrected from $472,2632.94).  Dallin seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, was unanimous. 


  1. Introduction of Nick Terry as Ririe Captain – DISCUSSION ITEM:  Nick Terry was selected as the captain of Ririe station. 


  1. Open living quarter bids for review – DISCUSSION ITEM:  Bateman Hall was the only bid for the living quarters.  It came in at $173,700.  This works out to about $116/square foot.  Jim said this is a lot of money but if we are going to move forward with putting on some full-time employees to cover the growth of the area, this needs to happen.   Graham talked about possible areas of value engineering, but there is quite a bit of complexity that comes with putting a living area in an existing space.  Bateman Hall will break things down and see where they can trim and optimize. 
  2. Accept and award qualified living quarters bid – ACTION ITEM:  See #1.
  3. Review and accept new medical director contract – ACTION ITEM:  Dallin said that Dr. Harper has accepted the position of medical director for $400/mo.  Dallin moved to accept Dr. harper as the new medical director.  Gordon seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, and Dallin was unanimous. 
  4. Compensation for new medical director – ACTION ITEM:  Dallin moved to accept $400/mo as the compensation for the new medical director.  Gordon seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, and Dallin, was unanimous. 
  5. Salary discussions/raises for administrative staff – ACTION ITEM:  Jim explained that the commissioners have looked at how much compensation administrative staff in neighboring fire districts receive and found that we are underpaying.  Even with the proposed increases, we are still below the average pay in this area for administrative staff.  The workload is going to increase as the population grows and we have seen the current staff do positive things that need to be recognized.  Jim proposed to increase the salary of the Fire Chief from $72,000 to $82,000;  increasing the assistant chief from $65,000 to $72,000; increasing logistics officer pay, from $40,000 (with additional overtime) to $60,000 (without overtime) and increasing his insurance stipend from $500 to $750/mo; and increasing Lisa from $15/hr to $17/hr. Jim moved to increase the pay according to this proposal effective October 1.  Mike seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.    
  6. County fire radio grant – ACTION ITEM:  The Cares Act money that Jared applied for needs to be spent in Jefferson County.  The 47 radios need to be shared with the other districts in the county.  We have to pay for the radios and be reimbursed for them.  Carl was asking for permission to pay for the radios at a cost of $98,987.30 that will be reimbursed later.  Jim moved to pay for the radios with reimbursement later.  Gordon seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous. 

        – Battalion Chief input:  Carl reported that we had 16 EMS calls above last year and the same number of fire call outs.  The City and County have been good to work with the Carl on building plans.  The BLM has been happy with the partnership with Menan station and would like to renew the contract for next year.   Mitch is okay with it. 

ASSISTANT CHIEF REPORT: Nic said they met with Ken Garff about the layout of the new EMS truck for station 1.  It is still on track.  The district had 140 total calls- 109 EMS and 39 fire calls. 

COMMISSIONER REPORTS: Jim moved to close the meeting at 8:34 pm.  Roger seconded.   The vote by Jim, Mike, Gordon, Dallin, and Roger was unanimous.

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