Fire Board minutes 1/11/12



Regular meeting January 11, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.


Pledge of Allegiance recited.


BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Chairman, Dan Smigla, Sandi Jackson, Jim Bidwell, Mervel Delp and Marilyn McManus.


GUESTS PRESENT: Fire Chief, Tim Doenges, Matt Overholdt, Jodi Gross, Dave Webb, Todd Wadsworth,  Tom Talbot, and Keith Bower.


AGENDA: Accepted as presented.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING:  Minutes of Special meeting and Regular Meeting December 14, 2011 approved without objection.


FINANCIAL REPORT:  Financial report given byJacksonwas accepted without objection.  Balances:  Checking account:   $43,511.04

Savings account:      $34,047.43 (Building sinking fund)

Savings account:      $34,043.93 (Large equipment fund)



  1. FIRE      CHIEF:  Doenges reported foam      machine, obtained with the DNR grant, is installed and working.  Doenges received a quote from Branch      County Highway Department for the fire barn driveway.  Quote with crack correct seal and      coating is $5,300. St. JosephCountyquote was approximately      $2,600, which is without crack correct seal because the County does not      have the machine with the crack correct function.  The consensus was that the driveway      needs the crack seal.  Surface area of      the driveway to be paved is 33,354 square feet.  Doenges has been gathering information      concerning improvement of the ISO rating.       If the Township rating could be dropped to a 7, the savings per      household would be $100.00 based on a house value of $125,000.  Doenges stated this is something he      would like to pursue, even though it would involve placing a large list of      procedures into effect.  The three      new fire department members are currently attending classes and should      complete them in June.  The Chief      reported Brian Mack did not complete       instructorsEMScourse and method      to recoup expenses will be determined.



ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF/TRAINING CAPTAIN:  Webb reported a tarp will need to be purchased to cover the additional hose on truck 911 as it protrudes 1 – 1 ½ inches above the truck and he is concerned that during travel the wind will dislodge it.  The approximate cost for tarp would be $325 and he will check for other prices.  Ice rescue training will be held next month providing there in ice on the lake.  Webb and Doenges are considering how to address the fire members who have not completed their mandatory training classes.

  1. RESCUE      CAPTAIN:  Gross reported she and      Doenges need to attend ISO classes for protocol, Webb and Overholdt have      already attended.  Gross advised she      is checking prices for epi pens as they are very expensive.  One of the problems with the epi pens is      the expiration date.  Pens have to      be on hand and are quite often not used before the expiration date.  Gross will be holding class in January      for Pediatrics and CPR in February.
  2. EQUIPMENT      CAPTAIN:  Overholdt reported all the      grease inserts in all the trucks have been greased as required by the DOT      inspection.  Also, the fitting on      the 911 truck was repaired.  More      hose is needed on truck # 941.       Usually hose testing in done on part of the hoses each year, now      all hoses will need to be tested every year to comply with one of the      requirements for a better ISO rating.       Hose testing will be done in house by the fire members.


OLD BUSINESS:  Jackson and Doenges stated all Board members should receive a copy of the 2012 – 2013 fire department budget at the February meeting.  McManus questioned if revenue received from pancake breakfasts and T-shirt sales was revenue to the fire department budget.  Doenges stated the revenue from pancake breakfasts and T-shirt sales was all revenue to the Auxiliary.  Doenges will do further checking regarding insulation for the fire barn including the amount needed, cost, and installation options.  Postings for fire department officers’ election have been done for the election in April.  Positions open:  Training Captain, Equipment Captain and Rescue Captain.


NEW BUSINESS:  The board received one résumé for training captain.


Meeting adjourned at 7:35 PM by motion of Delp second by McManus.


Respectfully submitted,




Marilyn McManus

Recording Secretary

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