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Fire Commissioners – May 2019


                                                            MAY 20, 2019

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.  Those in attendance were Chairwoman Susan Rifenburgh, Commissioner Ron Miller and Commissioner Raymond Bauer.  Also present was Chief Lloyd Kukon, Treasurer Denise Fiore, Firefighter Joseph Scott and Robert Desmond.

Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh was absent.

At the last Clermont Fire Company meeting Joseph Scott was appointed to the position of First Lieutenant. He is present and the Chairwoman would like a motion to approve the appointment of Joseph Scott to the position of First Lieutenant.  A motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor.  So carried. He was sworn in by the Town Clerk.

Chairwoman Rifenburgh opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.

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


May 20, 2019 Fire Commissioners’ Treasurer’s Report                   

RE:  April 2019

Total Amount of April 2019 Invoices Paid                                                               $ 6,049.44

RE:  May 2019

Proposed May 2019 Invoices                                   $ 2,888.33

Paid May 2019 Invoices                                                                       3,200.40  

                               Total                                                                                      $ 6,088.73

Reconciliation of Accounts

The Bank of Greene County Balances to Date

Money Market Checking Balance*                                                $ 207,226.19

*Includes interest paid on 4/30/19 in the amount of $60.27

Checking Balance                                                                                   1,755.70

Plus Deposit (4/17/19)                                                                                5,000.00           

Less Outstanding Checks                                                                       3,117.87

Checking Balance to Date                                                                      3,637.83

Money Market & Checking A/C Total                                             $ 210,864.02

Capital Reserve Fund for Fire Equipment                           $   29,728.61 (as of 12/31/18)

            Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19                                    $            3.78

            Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19                                                    3.42

            Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19                                                    3.79

            Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19                                                    3.66

                                                            Total                          $   29,743.26                                             

Capital Reserve Fund for Constr. &Improvement:              $   33,666.86 (as of 12/31/18)

            Interest 12/31/18 – 1/31/19                                     $            4.29

            Interest 1/31/19 – 2/28/19                                                    3.87     

            Interest 2/28/19 – 3/31/19                                                    4.29

            Interest 3/31/19 – 4/30/19                                                    4.15     

                                                             Total                          $   33,683.46

Denise Fiore, Treasurer

May 20, 2019

A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer.  All in favor.  So carried.


  • Physicals received for Christopher Farewell and Jacqueline Therrian Decker.
  • RBC Wealth Management for April – $385,150.94.
  • Fuel Log – 9 gals used.


  • Commissioner Bauer reported that he and Highway Superintendent Potts have been working on the drainage at Station #1 and the parking lot is ready for blacktop.  Colarussos is behind because of the recent rains. 
  • He also reported that the Deckers, neighbors to the north of the firehouse, complained about the generator noise.  A letter will be written to them asking them for a day and time that they would prefer for the test to be done.  Currently, the test is done on Saturday at noon.  Mr. Decker also suggested moving the generator to the south side of the building.  They can let the Secretary know or come to the next meeting.

INSURANCE: Commissioner R. Rifenburgh and Commissioner Miller

No report

FIRE EQUIPMENT: Commissioner Bauer

  • The Chief got an estimate for the missing radio and microphone for the insurance company.  The estimate was $1,455.75 for radio and microphone with a 31% discount. The microphones that were missing have been found.  They had been moved to a different location.
  • Grant for gear: We have not gotten a letter stating that we were not approved for the grant, so we are still hoping we may get it.  If we do receive it, we will have to pay 5%.

LOSAP: All Commissioners

No report

LAWS AND POLICIES:  All Commissioners

No report

LEGAL: All Commissioners

No report


  • Accounting: Treasurer Fiore reported that Brian Fitzgerald would definitely want to work with us.  He will send a letter with his fee.
  • Sexual Harassment:  Chairwoman Rifenburgh is still looking into this.
  • FIT TESTS: Livingston Fire District did get the machine for the FIT testing.  They need the names of the individuals that will be taking the FIT tests so they can program the machine.


  • The Chief reported that there is a seventh firefighter who is interested in attending the training with the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs. Last month it was approved for six to attend this training. If we were a member of the Association we would pay less because of the discount.  The fee online is $175.00 for the department.  After some discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer to join the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs.  All in favor.  So carried. A motion was made by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer to approve Jackie Decker to attend.  All in favor.  So Carried.
  • Discussed the monthly reports that are put into the system for the County and State and needing a method to be sure they are getting entered.


There were six calls for April as follows:

4/1/19 – Alarm Activation – 104 Mill Road

4/5/19 – EMS assist entrapment

4/14/19 – Alarm activation – 104 Mill Road

4/22/19 – Alarm activation – 6 Sharon Drive

4/28/19 – Mutual Aid (Tivoli) Standby at Tivoli Firehouse

4/28/19 – Mutual Aid (Tivoli) Manpower at scene – Bard College

Monthly Drills/Work Details

4/9/19 – Hose test by Waterway 2 firefighters – 7 ½ hours each

4/16/19 – Officers Meeting – five firefighters – 2 hours each

4/17/19 – Pump operations, washed parking lot – 4 firefighters-  3 hours each

4/22/19 – Extrication drill, winch, removed doors, reviewed operational practices – 11 firefighters – 2 hrs. each.

  • The Chief reported that the Essentials of Firefighting course has been completed by Cody Rockefeller and there are two other new members which will be taking the course.
  • The Chief asked permission to take two trucks to the parade in Germantown on Memorial Day, 5/27/19.  A motion was made to approve taking two trucks to the Memorial Day parade in Germantown by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Bauer. All in favor.  So carried.

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


Bob Desmond asked about the appointment to the Lieutenants position.  The Fire Company notified all that were eligible to run and the only one that wanted to was Joseph Scott.  Before Mr. Desmond got here, Mr. Scott was approved and sworn in.

A motion was made to adjourn by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner Miller at 8:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon, Secretary

Clermont Fire District