Fire Board minutes 4/11/12



Regular meeting April 11, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM by Chairman Smigla.


Pledge of Allegiance recited.


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


GUESTS PRESENT:  Fire Chief Tim Doenges, Jodi Gross, Matt Overholt, Keith Bower, Todd Wadsworth, Dave Webb, Tom Talbot, Joe Rollin and Ken Garnaat.


AGENDA:  Approved as amended without objection to include organizational appointments under NEW BUSINESS.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING:  Minutes of regular meeting March 14, 2012 approved as presented.


Ken Garnaat representative for VFIS insurance group summarized insurance coverage for property & casualty, accident and sickness.  There would be only a slight increase ($11,927 annually) for property and casualty coverage.  Premium for accident and sickness ($4,162.33 annually) coverage would remain the same.


FINANCIAL REPORT:  Financial report given by Jackaon was accepted without objection.  Balances:  Checking account:  $37,296.81

Savings account:     34,048.17 (Large equip fund)

Savings account:     34,055.92 (Bldg sink fund)


FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS:                                                                                                   A. FIRE CHIEF:                                                                                                                                          Doenges reported the siren onDecker Roadneeds repair due to a power surge.  Webb will replace part needed (which he obtained at no cost) and was further authorized to purchase fire proof box for new part at a cost of $250 by motion of McManus, second by Delp.  Consumers power should be contacted as Doenges seems to think there have been several power surges in the past month.  Crack seal on the fire barn driveway has been completed and cost was under estimate at $614.41. Surface of pea stone will be applied later.  Insurance set aside for clean up of fire damaged property was discussed.  Doenges and Smigla will further check prices for replacement of water tanker truck.


  1. ASSISTANT      FIRE CHIEF/TRAINING CAPTAIN:  Webb      reported dry hydrants were flushed and are operational.  Search and rescue training will be held      May 14th at the Smolarz property.       Tarp has been received.       Personnel will assemble and install this weekend.  Air compressor fixed.  The 916 is leaking air pressure.  Department is compiling list of all businesses      in the Township and Village.       Village Chief of Police Mark Brinkert has given them a list of      Village’s businesses.  Doenges and      Jackson will meet to compile list for the Township businesses. The swisher      has been sold for $500.00.  Webb and      Norton are planning events for firemen for the 4th of      July.  Permission for use of the      park onSouth Swan Street      will be requested from the Village Council for the sight of the      events.
  2. RESCUE      CAPTAIN:  Jodi Gross will hold      trauma class this month.
  3. EQUIPMENT      CAPTAIN:  Overholt reported when the      Jaws of Life were tested problems with corrosion in the hose were      detected.  A new hose has been      ordered at a cost of $600.  A hose      has been borrowed from the Sturgis Fire Department until the new one is      received.  Ladder testing will be      done Friday at 8AM at the fire barn.


OLD BUSINESS: Interviews for officer positions were held after the April meeting.  A motion by Jackson second by Delp was made to appoint the following to the open officer positions:  Jodi Gross – Rescue Captain. Tom Talbot – Training Captain to take effect June 4, 2012 the date of his 5th year with the Department.  Equipment Captain – Matt Overholt.  Assistant Equipment Captain – Keith Bower, a new position created for a trial period of 1 year.  All accepted their appointments.


NEW BUSINESS: Fire Board Officers were appointed by Chairman Smigla.  Chairman – Smigla,  Vice Chairman – Jim Bidwell,  Treasurer – Sandi Jackson, and  Recording Secretary – Marilyn McManus.  All accepted.  2012 – 2013 Regular meeting dates for the Colon Community Fire and Rescue Board were set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the fire barn.  By motion of Bidwell and second by Delp the bookkeeper was authorized to pay recurring bills electronically.  Rental of the fire barn was discussed.  Consensus was due to emergency type situations at the building it would not be advisable.


Meeting adjourned 8:27 PM by motion of Bidwell second by McManus.


Respectfully submitted,




Marilyn McManus

Recording Secretary


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