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Fire Commissioners – May 2018

                                              CLERMONT FIRE COMMISSIONERS

                                                                        MAY 21, 2018

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Those present were Commissioner Susan Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ronald Miller, Commissioner Raymond Bauer and Commissioner Laurence Saulpaugh.  Also present was Treasurer Denise Fiore and Chief Lloyd Kukon. 

MINUTES: Chairwoman Rifenburgh did request a correction on page 18, paragraph on LOSAP, to delete “checked with PENFLEX” and change “it is NOT mandatory” to “it is mandatory”. Also add that this increase was not budgeted for and will be budgeted next year. A motion was made to accept the minutes with corrections by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Saulpaugh.  All in favor.  So carried.


            Total invoices paid in April                                        $  9,487.76 *

               *See revised April abstract for 7 invoices added

            Proposed May invoices                                               $  6,092.92 *

            Paid May invoices                                                       $  2,141.03

            Total                                                                            $  8,233.95 *

*Adjusted totals by $120.00 for Halterman invoice.

Reconciliation of Accounts

The Bank of Greene County

            Money Market Checking balance                               $180,525.48

            Checking Balance                                                       $    5,362.89

            Plus Deposit of 5/17/18                                              $    5,000.00

            Less Outstanding Checks                                           $    5,007.89

            Checking Balance to date                                           $    5,355.00

            Money Market and Checking Account Total             $185,880.48

Capital Reserve Fund for Fire Equipment                              $  29,714.74

Capital Reserve Fund for Construction & Improvement       $ 33,651.14      


  • Letter written to Scott Dow regarding OSHA & Physical
  • Fingar Insurance endorsement for change of limits on 1988 International and 2007 Intruder Ferrara.
  • Letter from Fingar Insurance regarding any damage from hail storm on 5/15/18.
  • RBC Wealth Management account statement for April – $368,215.46.
  • Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association requesting donations for Fire Safety & Prevention Program. Sign up sheets for manning booth at fair and apparatus at fair.
  • Physicals for Richard Larsen, Harry Pease, Collin Brown and Brendan Hegarty.
  • Penflex – Annual report, executive summary and participant statements to be distributed to participants and copy for file.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Commissioners Bauer and Saulpaugh

  • B&K Electric: Received a quote for removal of three light fixtures and installation of 2 LED light fixtures at Station #1 for a total of $400.00.  A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller for B&K Electric to do this work.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • PAVING STATION #1: This will be discussed further next month.

INSURANCE: Commissioners R. Rifenburgh and Miller

  • No report

FIRE EQUIPMENT: Commissioners Bauer and Saulpaugh

  • Truck 6034 – A motion was made to repair the tank which is leaking by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Saulpaugh. All in favor.  So carried.

LOSAP: All Commissioners

No report

LAWS AND POLICIES: All Commissioners

  • Physicals: Discussed those that have not had their physical.  Tyler Case had his physical but did not complete his OSHA classes. The Chief will contact those that need to have their physical. Will check to see if anyone is doing OSHA classes that Tyler could attend.  

LEGAL: All Commissioners

No report


  • GEAR: The Chief has not had contact with the representative of this company.  There is a company that will sew the bail out system into bunker pants.  If he can get back two sets of gear it is possible he would only need one more set. 
  • FACE MASKS: Have been received and will be paid for. Also purchased batteries for the face masks.
  • Received new batteries for free for one defibrillator.


  • BARD COLLEGE: After discussion regarding attendance at the Bard College gym, a motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Bauer to terminate the membership of the District. All in favor.  So carried. Chairwoman Rifenburgh wondered if there was a benefit we could provide to those who go to a gym. The Commissioners did not think so.


There were four calls in April:

4/9/18 – Mutual Aid to Germantown – Route 9G structure fire.

4/23/18 – CO Detector activation – Church Avenue

4/24/18 – Mutual Aid Livingston – Urubeck Road

4/25/18 – Alarm Activation – Moore Road

Monthly Drills:

4/22/18 – Pump and Water Operations 3 Firefighters attended

4/23/18 – Communications drill at 911 center – 7 firefighters attended

  • The firefighters did a good job at a mutual aid structure fire in Red Hook.
  • The Chief is requesting $57.99 for two fire straps to hold CBA tanks. A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller to approve the purchase by the Chief.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • The Chief would also like to purchase a HP printer for Station #1. The cost is $129.00 for printer and ink is $39.00.  Commissioners asked that he make sure of which he wants to buy.
  • The Chief and First Asst Chief Collin Brown are looking to attend the Association of Fire Chiefs conference and expo in Verona N.Y. in June. The district will reimburse for gas and courses and after a motion was offered to approve attendance by Commissioner Bauer, it was rescinded.  It was uncertain who would be attending and what courses would be attended.  

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh to pay bills with the exception of the Halterman invoice which is for Station #2, seconded by Commissioner Miller. All in favor.  So carried.

Commissioner R. Rifenburgh reported the fuel usage at 69.2 gallons.

No Public Comment

A motion was made to adjourn by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor.  So carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon

Fire District Secretary