June 6, 2005

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 6:30 P.M. Supervisor William Banks opened the meeting.   Present were Commissioner Lent, Commissioner Harned and Commissioner Tousey. Commissioner Staats was absent.   Also present was Chief Laurence Saulpaugh,

A motion was made to waive the reading of the minutes, as copies were provided and to approve them by Commissioner Lent, seconded by Commissioner Harned.   All in favor.   So carried.

Chief Laurence Saulpaugh gave the report for April and May as follows:   (Copies attached)

Notices have been received by the Commissioners from NYS Department of Labor on certain violations during the recent inspections of Station #1 and #2.   All violations will be or have already been remedied.

Commissioner Lent reported that the 2005 grant application for Volunteer Fire Assistance has been completed and filed on May 7 th.   The request is for a 3” Honda 11 HP 300 GPM portable pump at a cost of $2,950.   The grant is for $1,000 with the remaining amount coming from the 2005 budget.

Commissioner Harned presented copies of the PENFLEX fact sheet for the Length of Service Awards Program for 12/31/04.   There are six retirees, seventeen active participants; twenty Firefighters earning credit, six post EA earning credits and seven non- participating pre EA active members.   The recommended amount to be budgeted for the program for 2006 is $44,000 trust fund contribution and $2,500 for estimated administrative fees for a total of $46,500.

Chief Saulpaugh reported that there is concern over the new building expenses at Station #2 on the part of the Fire Department.   There was still some questions raised by

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Commissioner Tousey over the District paying a monthly fee for use of the proposed building for housing the fire trucks.   As Commissioner Harned explained, we are presently not paying for the use of the current building to house the trucks, and have not

paid over the years.   If the Fire Department puts up a new building, we should help in defraying the expense since the Districts trucks are housed there.   At last months meeting it was voted on to pay $2,000 monthly and these terms to be revisited at one year, two years and then five-year increments.   It was not, however, voted on when to start these payments.   Commissioner Lent stated that the Fire Department would need operational money for the mortgage process.  With the rising costs, they should figure 10% higher than their estimate.   Commissioner Harned made a motion to begin the payments of $2,000 in August, as $10,000 was budgeted for this purpose this year.   Commissioner Lent seconded the motion.   A roll call vote was as follows:

            Harned – Aye                Lent – Aye         Tousey – Aye          Banks – Aye

All in favor.   So Carried.

The furnace at Station #2 has to be replaced and money will have to be found in the budget.  

Commissioner Harned motioned to approve the Fire Abstract #6, Pages 1 & 2, Vouchers #66-78 in the amount of $913.08.   Commissioner Lent seconded the motion. All in favor.   So carried.

A motion was made to adjourn at 7:00 PM by Commissioner Lent, seconded by Commissioner Tousey. All in favor. So carried

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon

Fire District Secretary