FIRE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
The Commissioners of the Clermont Fire District held
their organizational and regular meeting on
Supervisor Banks called the organizational meeting to order at with a salute to the flag.
Newly elected fire commissioners were sworn in. They are Ronald Rifenburgh, five year term, Harry Harned, four year term, Brandon Seymour, three year term, Charles Larsen, two year term.
Supervisor Banks reported on the finances, fire truck
and insurance. There is a Capital
projects CD, which matures on
Resolution #1-07 - Appointment of Chairman
Commissioner Larsen nominated Ronald Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Harned. All in favor. So carried.
Resolution #2-07 - Appointment for One Year Term
As there was a tie in the election for Fire Commissioners for the one-year term between Bruce Unson and Raymond Bauer it is necessary to appoint to that position. However, Bruce Unson has submitted a letter that he cannot hold the position, and is therefore, withdrawing from consideration. Raymond Bauer was appointed and sworn in to hold the term for one year.
Resolution #3-07 - Appointment of Vice Chairman
Commissioner Larsen nominated Harry Harned, seconded by Commissioner Ray Bauer. All in favor. So carried.
Resolution #4-07 - Appointment of Secretary
Motion made by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Larsen to appoint Mary Helen Shannon. All in favor. So carried.
FIRE COMMISSIONERS MEETING
Resolution #5-07 - Appointment of Treasurer
Motion made by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Seymour to appoint Denise Fiore. All in favor. So carried.
Salaries for these positions will be discussed in new business.
An attorney is also needed, Commissioner Harned will talk to the town’s attorney, Andrew Howard and Robert Fitzsimmons to see if they are interested and check on fees.
Resolution #6-07 - Official Newspaper
A motion was made by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Harned to name the Register Star as the official newspaper. All in favor. So carried.
Resolution #7-07 - Official Bank
A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Harned to name First Niagara as of the official bank. All in favor. So carried.
Resolution #8-07 - Committee Appointments
Buildings and Grounds - Charles Larsen, Brandon Seymour
Insurance - Charles Larsen, Raymond Bauer
Laws and Policy - All Commissioners
Fire Equipment - Brandon Seymour, Ray Bauer
Legal - All Commissioners
LOSAP - Harry Harned, Ronald Rifenburgh
Resolution #9-07 -
A motion was made by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Harned to allow the Treasurer to prepay utility bills, such as electric, fuel oil, telephone, cell phones.
All in favor. So carried.
Resolution #10-07 - Date, Location and Time of Meetings
A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Harned to designate the Third (3rd) Monday of the month at at the Town Hall starting on Monday, February 19 as the regular meeting of the Clermont Fire District Commissioners. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made by Commissioner Harned, seconded by Commissioner Larsen to adjourn the organizational meeting at All in favor. So carried.
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The Regular Meeting was called to order by Chairman Rifenburgh. A discussion was held with Greg Fingar regarding the insurance policy for the Clermont Fire District. A change will be made so that Station #1 is now covered on the Fire District Policy, as the Fire District owns it, and it was previously on the Town’s policy.
The district’s equipment is covered no matter where it is, and there is no limit on coverage of equipment.
A $200,000.00 bond to cover the treasurer costs $100.00 per year. The blanket coverage on all other members can range from $25,000 - $50,000. The replacement costs on the trucks was discussed and agreed that the limits of liability did not seem correct. The insurance company will do an inventory.
Discussed accident coverage - over and above workers compensation. This policy covers accidental death, hospital confinement and includes the ladies auxiliary, who are not covered by firefighter liability. Should check policy of Fire Company to see what it carries on the ladies auxiliary.
Discussed Dividend Insurance plan, which is a policy which runs from March 1 to March 1 and which most fire districts carry. You pay 10% more but are guaranteed to get a dividend up to 30% the next year. For a policy, which costs $11,600, you get a refund of $2,421, so the net cost is $9,221. Payments are quarterly and if the decision is to go with the dividend plan, prorated premium will be returned on current policy. We are covered now by the current policy but the bill has not yet been paid.
A motion was made by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Harned to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the December 4th and 28th meetings. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made to accept the treasurer’s report by Commissioner Harned, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor. So carried.
Chief Laurence Saulpaugh gave the Chief’s report as follows:
1. Mutual aid to
2. Possible electrical fire at St. Lukes Church - 12/16
3. CO2 Detector
4. Brush fire, controlled burn on Route 9G
5. Alarm activation, burning food - 12/31
34.41 man hours for the month
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The calls for 2006 were as follows with the comparison to 2005:
· MVA 11 10
· Alarm Activation’s 10 15
· Structure Fires 8 2
· Misc. Brush, etc. 25 28
· Assist w/ NDP 5 3
· Mutual Aid 9 8
There were a total of 68 calls for 2006.
Discussed alarm activation’s, that
occurred mostly at Devereaux on
Truck #604 at Station #1 has had the pump and engine serviced.
The furnace has been replaced at Station #1 and the bays are almost complete at Station #2. New line officers have been appointed for the year.
· Discussed Volunteer Fire Insurance Service, Linda Flanigan has shown an interest in giving a quote on insurance. Commissioner Rifenburgh asked if we want to stay with Fingar and look into insurance next fall. Commissioner Larsen will contact Ms. Flanigan and get a quote and decide if a workshop meeting is needed based on the quote.
· A motion was made to add a treasurers bond in the amount of $200,000.00 by Commissioner Harned, seconded by Commissioner Larsen. All in favor. So carried.
· A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Harned for Charlie and Ray to talk to Ms. Flanigan at VFIS and get a quote.
Chairman Rifenburgh asked if the board wanted to set a limit on what the Chief can spend with the board’s approval, usually $100-$200 for incidentals. Purchases of equipment, turnout gear, etc must come before the board.
A motion was made by Commissioner Harned, seconded by Commissioner Seymour that the Chief has the authority to purchase up to $200.00 per month without coming to the board. Emergency requests need the approval of three board members. Annual service must be done.
Chairman Rifenburgh would like an inventory of all equipment for insurance purposes, serial numbers on major equipment if available in two or three months.
The officers of the Fire Company are:
Chief - Laurence Saulpaugh
First Assistant Chief - James C. Potts, Jr.
Second Assistant Chief - Ronald Seymour
Captain - Thomas McCarthy
First Lt.- Brandon Seymour
Second Lt. Teddy Blank
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A motion was made by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Harned to accept the officers for 2007. All in favor. So carried.
Qualifications for each position will be done later in the year.
It is necessary to set the salaries for the Treasurer
Discussed method of payment of invoices. The invoice must have a signed receipt attached. Commissioner Harned made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Larsen that all invoices must have a signed receipt attached. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made that the lease for the use of the bays at Station #2 be prepaid by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Harned. All in favor. So carried.
All fire district business will be filed in a file cabinet in the Town Hall and Commissioner Seymour and Commissioner Larsen will get keys made or new locks. A motion was made by Commissioner Harned, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor. So carried.
The treasurer and secretary will need postage, envelopes and checks.
Chairman Rifenburgh asked if one or two signatures will be required on checks? It was agreed that one signature is sufficient.
We can wait until next month on the treasurers bond.
A motion was made by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Bauer that Ron Seymour be reimbursed for taking things to the dump from Station #1. Itemize what is thrown away and it can be declared junk. All in favor. So carried.
The bills to be paid this month:
Lease for January 2007 $ 2000.00
Fingar Insurance $10,396.13
Sausbiers $ 35.50
Software Firehouse $ 625.00
Comtech Electronics, radio repairs $ 156.60
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A motion was made by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Bauer to pay the bills for January. All in favor. So carried.
A motion was made to adjourn by Commissioner Larsen, seconded by Commissioner Harned at All in favor. So carried.
Mary Helen Shannon
Fire District Secretary