March 21, 2012



x Mr. Anderson x Mr. Takacs x Chief Lutz
x Mr. Bartlett x Mr. Vest x Mr. Long
x Mr. Brotzman x Mr. Wayman x Mr. Szeman


Minutes of 02/15/12 Regular Session

Motion by: Mr. Bartlett, Seconded by: Mr. Brotzman to approve.
ROLL CALL: All ayes


Bills ($193,081.47) and payroll ($187,350.49) totaling $380,431.96 are motioned for acceptance and payment.

Motion to approve as presented by: Mr. Anderson, Seconded by: Mr. Vest
ROLL CALL: All ayes



NEW BUILDINGS: Nothing to report.


Wayman requested that they resume discussions regarding project labor agreements. Per Mr. Szeman, project labor agreements are allowed by Ohio law and it is the board’s choice whether to use this type of agreement on their new building project.

Mr. Vest advised the Fire Board that State Representative Ron Young could not attend the meeting due to budgetary matters that kept him in the Columbus area. Mr. Young requested that he be permitted to address the board at next month’s meeting. In an effort to understand both sides of the issue, the Board agreed to reschedule Representative Young and committed to making a final decision at the April 18th meeting.


RESOLUTIOIN #12-025 – Blue Ribbon Month

This is a resolution recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention month.

Motion by: Mr. Brotzman, Seconded by: Mr. Bartlett
ROLL CALL: All ayes


FF/Paramedics Benjamin Erdani and Robert Tassone were awarded certificates of appreciation by Paula Costner, Emergency Department Manager at Lake Hospitals Madison campus, for their invaluable contribution to the ED on an exceptionally busy night in February 2012. Ms. Cosner read an e-mail from the night staff detailing the extent of their compassionate and competent service. The board also extended their appreciation for a job well done.

CHIEF’S REPORT – Chief Gene Lutz:

1) Inspection Report: Chief Lutz reported that modifications have been made to the inspection report regarding noncompliant inspections and compliance letters issued after violations have been remedied.

2) Lake Health Hospital Systems: Paula Cosner of Lake Health reported that although they are serving patients from Madison and several neighboring communities, the number of patients coming through the new ED in Madison is lower than originally expected (about 30 patients per day). She advised the board that hospital administrators are discussing promotional ideas to inform the community of the services available at the Madison campus.
Ms. Cosner spoke about the recent Chardon shootings and the round-table discussions held by Madison police and local hospital administrations in the aftermath of that tragedy. She also spoke of the Broadfield Manor Nursing Home fire here in Madison and the steps that were taken by Lake Health’s Madison ED, TriPoint, and Lake West to prepare in case patient transports were needed. Ms. Cosner commended Lt. Terry Sopko for the excellent radio communications which kept them advised of the situation throughout.

3) Broadfield Manor Nursing Home Fire: Chief Lutz reported that Broadfield is one of Madison’s oldest nursing home (established in 1903) and houses 125 residents. On March 14th, a fire broke out in the administrative wing at 5:35 am. Chief Lutz thanked many people for their efforts to bring the event to a successful conclusion; 1) the Broadfield staff for their quick response in evacuating residents; 2) Lt. Terry Sopko and FF Ken Wilson for their competence in supervising and coordinating the operation, and 3) 13 neighboring Fire Departments for their ability to work together. Before the day was concluded, crews responded to 3 more working fires (Webb Rd. and Ohio St. in Perry, and Princeton Dr. ( Middle Ridge Road Condominiums), and a Semi-truck fire on Rt. 90.

4) Oil Spill: Chief Lutz reported that, on March 15th, crews responded to a 1200-1500 gallons crude oil spill at Rt. 528 and Ross Road which was caused by corrosion in the internal heating tube of a 16 ft. holding tank (210 barrels). He thanked Madison’s A Shift for working tirelessly in a downpour rain and lightning to stop the oil from reaching a nearby creek and pond, and eventually, the Grand River. He also thanked the EPA, Coastguard, Health Department, and Lake County Planning Commission for their assistance. A special thanks was given to Shawn Steigner at Carter Lumber for his assistance (at 1:30 am) with materials needed to build dams and overflows to contain the oil spill and to Inlet Waters who performed a final clean up in an impressively short period of time.

5) 2012 District Call Statistics:

2012 Total calls 923
EMS 375
Fire 10

Total Transfers since June 2011
288 days 1020 Transfers 3.5/day avg. 1292/yr.

Transfers YTD in 2012
80 days 309 Transfers 3.9/day avg. 1409/yr.



Mr. Takacs asked to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss current labor negotiations @ 7:40 pm. No regular session business to follow.

Motion by: Mr. Wayman, Seconded by: Mr. Brotzman
ROLL CALL: All ayes

Executive Session adjourned @ 8:45 pm.