April 24, 2017

CALL TO ORDER @ 5:00 pm

ROLL CALL x Mr. Anderson x Mr. Takacs x Interim Chief Sopko
x Mr. Donaldson x Mr. Vest x Ms. Clapp
x Mr. Gauntner x Mr. Wayman – Ms. Dame
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

SPECIAL MEETING

Fire Chief Interviews:

1) Lt. Justin Meister
2) Lt. Terry Sopko
3) Lt. Tod Baker

Motion to Adjourn to Executive Session to conduct the (3) Fire Chief Interviews above
@ 5:02 pm by: Mr. Anderson Seconded by: Mr. Vest ROLL CALL: All ayes

Per Mr. Gauntner, there may be business to follow Executive Session.

Mr. Gauntner reconvened the Special Meeting @ 7:41 pm.

Mr. Gauntner thanked the (3) internal candidates for the excellent interviews.

On behalf of the Fire Board of Trustees, Mr. Takacs made a motion to offer Lt. Tod Baker the position of Madison Fire District Fire Chief.

Motion by: Mr. Takacs Seconded by: Mr. Wayman ROLL CALL: All ayes

Mr. Gauntner stated that a Memorandum of Understanding will be written and presented to Lt. Tod Baker by the May 17, 2017 Regular Session with a goal of having the agreement finalized by the end of I.C. Terry Sopko’s term as Interim Fire Chief on May 29, 2017. Mr. Gauntner committed to meeting with Stacy Dame, Legal Counsel, and request that she draft the Memorandum of Understanding for the new Fire Chief position and forward it to the Board in a timely manner for their review, final edit and approval.

Lt. Tod Baker thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve the community of Madison as Fire Chief.

Mr. Gauntner thanked Lt. Justin Meister and Lt. Terry Sopko for interviewing for the Fire Chief position and commented that there is no question that there are some highly qualified Fire and EMS employees at the Fire District whose passion is to serve the residents of Madison.

Mr. Anderson agreed and complimented the candidates on their commitment to working as a team.

Mr. Vest commented that he was impressed by the amount of knowledge and skill the candidates brought to the interview process and stated that he was again humbled by the amount of information that he was not aware of with respect to the internal operations of the Fire District. He thanked the Officers for the education and commented that it is his hope that the Firefighters and the Board will continue to streamline communications and build a working relationship together that will close the information gap to better serve the people of Madison.

Mr. Gauntner pledged that the Board will strive to work with the new Fire Chief as a team and make this operation the best that we can.

Mr. Wayman stated that he has been on the Fire Board longer than anyone present and he is pleased to see that the District has grown some exceedingly quality people and a depth in the leadership positions through the ups and downs of years past.

Mr. Vest directed Nila Brass, District Clerk, to respond to the unsuccessful candidates and thank them for their interest in the Madison Fire District.

Motion to adjourn Special Meeting @ 8:47 pm by: Mr. Wayman
Seconded by: Mr. Anderson ROLL CALL: All ayes

___________________________ _______________________
Kenneth R. Gauntner, Jr., Chairman Nila Brass, District Clerk

April 19, 2017

CALL TO ORDER @ 7:02 pm

ROLL CALL x Mr. Anderson x Mr. Takacs x Lt. Tod Baker
x Mr. Donaldson x Mr. Vest x Joanne Clapp
x Mr. Gauntner x Mr. Wayman x Stacy Dame

Lt. Tod Baker is sitting in for I.C. Terry Sopko who is on a vacation that was scheduled prior
to his appointment as Interim Fire Chief.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

REGULAR SESSION

SWEARING IN CEREMONY: Margaret Lalka, FF/EMT and George Budzicki, FF/Paramedic were sworn in by Stacy Dame, Legal Counsel.

MINUTES:

Minutes of 03/15/17 Regular Session
Minutes of 03/29/17 Special Meeting (Organizational Structure)
Minutes of 04/05/17 Special Meeting (Fire Chief Job Description)

Motion to approve the (3) set of minutes above as presented by: Mr. Vest
Seconded by: Mr. Anderson ROLL CALL: All ayes

BILLS & PAYROLL (March 2017):

Bills ($89,630.09) and payroll ($208,103.96) totaling $297,734.05 are motioned for acceptance and payment.

Motion to approve bills and payroll as presented by: Mr. Anderson
Seconded by: Mr. Wayman ROLL CALL: All ayes

2017 Financial Report: Joanne Clapp, CFO, detailed the March 2017 Fund Summary including Revenues and Expenditures. She reported that the final 2017 property tax payment has been received, including delinquent amounts, and that all adjustments have been made to 2017 Appropriations.

District Humana Dental/Vision/Life Insurance Policy: Joanne Clapp
reported that the District Insurance Committee met with Aggie Jedlicka and Katie Cooke of Dawson Consulting Group/An Assured Partners Company and has finalized their review of the existing Humana policy and projected increases for next year (6% rate increase for Dental and 11% increase for Life). These rates are guaranteed through 01/01/19.

Motion to renew the existing Humana Plan as recommended by the District Insurance Committee and approve rate increases detailed above by: Mr. Wayman
Seconded by: Mr. Anderson ROLL CALL: All ayes

Ms. Clapp also reported that the District Insurance Committee will begin review of the District’s Medical Insurance in the fall and, in late September, employees will again be utilizing FormFire online to update their personal information. FormFire must be completed by October 1, 2017 to give Ms. Jedlicka and Ms. Cooke of Dawson Consulting Group the necessary time to review and recommend possible insurance plans for the District Insurance Committee’s consideration and selection.

Joanne Clapp advised the Board that they will need to schedule a public hearing at the May Regular Session for the June 21, 2017 meeting to discuss the 2018 Budget.

OPENING PUBLIC PORTION: None to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: None to report.

OLD BUSINESS:

800 MHz Radio MOU – Madison Township Police Department:

Stacy Dame stated that it is her understanding that I.C. Sopko has drafted a Memorandum of Understanding with the Madison Township Police Department to borrow, at no charge, specific radio and communications equipment for a time until the Lake County Radio Equipment becomes obsolete at which time the Madison Township Police Department would return the radio equipment to the Madison Fire District. The Madison Township Police Department will be responsible for maintenance and repair costs of the loaned equipment while in their possession. She also stated that it is her understanding that the Madison Fire District does not have a current need for this equipment. She asked that a dollar value be given to the equipment being loaned since there are very specific acts of disposal of property based on the value assigned to it. If the equipment has no value, the Board may dispose of it, discard it, salvage it or donate it to the Madison Township Police Department. Since the Madison Township Police Department is going to be using this equipment as a communication system, she assumes the equipment does have some value. Under the Revised Code, if the equipment is valued over $2,500, it can be sold by public auction or sealed bids to the highest bidder. If the equipment is valued under $2,500, the District may enter into a private sale or agreement without advertising, donate it to a non-profit corporation or have it credited towards the purchase of equipment.

Mr. Gauntner stated that governmental entities can sell to another governmental agency and that the equipment is definitely valued over $2,500. Ms. Dame agreed that government agencies can sell to each other, but stated that the agreement being discussed was not a purchase or lease agreement where funds will be exchanged and nowhere in the code could she find anything regarding “loaning” equipment where no funds are exchanged. She stated that it is a concern and recommended that the Board either consider marking the equipment as surplus or enter into an agreement for purchase or lease instead of loaning. In her opinion, there must be some compensation.

Mr. Donaldson asked if we are not permitted to do any equipment sharing in the name of support or emergency services in the Township and Village. Mr. Takacs stated that there would be no transfer of ownership of the property and the Revised Code references transfer of ownership. It is his understanding that resource sharing initiatives are common between governmental agencies (example: a squad being loaned to another department for a certain period of time). He further stated that, even though the extra equipment in question currently has more value to the Madison Village Police Department than to the Madison Fire District, it is not surplus.

Ms. Dame stated that the agreement is basically a lease where the only thing the Township Police Department has to do is maintain the equipment. The agreement has no other provisions such as recalling the equipment back should the District have a need for it. She stated that she would like to add additional terms to “shore up” the agreement before she enters into discussions with the Madison Township Police about finalizing the agreement.

Mr. Donaldson and Mr. Takacs stated that the word “Lease” should not be a part of the agreement as there is no intent to transfer ownership and that the equipment should be returned “upon demand”, if necessary. Furthermore, the Madison Township Police Department is not authorized to sell or otherwise dispose of any of the equipment and will keep the equipment in good working order or advise the Madison Fire District otherwise if damage is too extensive for repair. Ms. Dame committed to further research of the topic in an effort to finalize the Memorandum of Understanding, or comparable agreement, to facilitate meeting with the Madison Township Police Department’s Legal Counsel, Mr. Gary Pasqualone, regarding final details of the agreement.

Mr. Vest stated that, because it would be a “gain” for the Madison Township Police Department, he questions, at this point, whether they will be permitted to enter into a “loan” agreement at all. For that matter, Mr. Gauntner commented that perhaps it would be best if the Madison Township Trustees who sit on the Fire Board do not participate in the vote concerning this agreement to ensure that there is no conflict.

Surplus Equipment/GovDeal: Mr. Gauntner asked if progress has been made on putting approved surplus equipment on GovDeals. I.C. Sopko stated that many items have been posted with agreed upon reserves and bidding processes are already underway.

Excess Telephone Lines and Call Boxes: Mr. Gauntner asked if progress has been made on cancelling unnecessary telephone services and removing the call boxes from in front of St. #1 and #2. Lt. Baker reported that (3) of (7) phone lines have been cancelled. I.C. Sopko reported that both call box lines have been removed.

NEW BUSINESS:

District Purchasing Procedure: Mr. Gauntner and Ms. Clapp handed out a draft of a Purchasing Procedure for Board review. Mr. Takacs reported that, due to recent changes in the District’s Organizational Structure, new Administrative personnel and proposed changes to Officer Job Descriptions, there have been questions posed lately regarding the limits of authorization with regard to the Purchasing policy. He stated that, although the District has an existing policy, these recent changes give the Board a perfect opportunity to consider and adopt an updated, more inclusive Procurement policy. The sample draft presented features a more comprehensive Procurement process including guidelines on how contracts are established and it details rules for different bid processes. The proposed format outlines proper due diligence regarding quotes, requisitions and purchase order requirements and clearly specifies authorization levels for the Fire Board, Administrative Staff and Officers to maintain fiscal control of spending.

Mr. Takacs and Mr. Gauntner asked Joanne Clapp, CFO, and Board members to review and consider the proposed sample draft, which they agree does not exactly meet the District’s needs, but is comprehensive enough to facilitate modifications and recommendations to formalize a new District’s Purchasing Process.

District Facebook Account: Mr. Gauntner reported that he is concerned about the activity and uninformed comments being posted recently on the District’s Facebook page. Although he is in favor of the District utilizing Facebook to disseminate information to the community, it is his recommendation that the Board consider either changing to a one way format without public comment, or delegate Facebook personnel to take a more timely, hands-on approach to the maintenance of the Facebook page so as to eliminate the circulation of inaccurate and private information.

Per Mr. Gauntner, it is his understanding that information posted on Facebook is categorized as a public record and the District is responsible for archiving these records for possible future use. In his opinion, it is incumbent upon the District to make sure that these records contains only precise and exact information and requested that Board members review the available Facebook account format options in preparation for further discussion at the May 17, 2017 meeting.

Lt. Tod Baker, and other Officers, agreed that public comments made regarding vehicle accidents, for example, as well as various Police Department business, are often premature and wholly uninformed without the benefit of the completion of a full investigation process. He recommended that information posted to the District Facebook page be thoroughly vetted to protect private information like photos, for example, that show personal information such as license plates, because once somebody “shares” information, there is no control over who sees the material shared.

Mr. Takacs commented that District personnel are not permitted to use scene photos and other District materials for training purposes or personal use without permission from the Fire Chief and he believes similar guidelines need to be established with reference to Facebook. Lt. Baker also agreed that a District Facebook /Social Media policy needs to be developed and maintained to ensure that public privacy is protected and that speculative, inappropriate and uninformed information is not permitted to be circulated within the Madison community. Mr. Donaldson suggested, and the Board agreed, that the public comment option on the District Facebook be disabled until a formal policy has been developed and adopted. Lt. Baker committed to immediately amending the Facebook account accordingly and to research Facebook and Social Media guidelines for Board review and consideration.

Mr. Vest commented that Chief Lutz was very good at keeping the Board informed about special and emergency situations within the community which kept Village and Township Trustees immediately informed and enabled them to respond to residents in a timely manner as needed. He stated that he hopes that this invaluable communication between the Fire Chief and the Board about significant events will return once the organizational transition is complete and things begin to settle into place.

St. #3 Parking Lot Light Pole Damage:

Mr. Gauntner reported that a light pole in the front parking lot at St. #3 was damaged by a vehicle driven by an unlicensed individual on April 11, 2017. The driver’s insurance reported that, although the individual causing the accident has an insurance policy with them, the claim is being denied due to the fact that the policy holder did not have a valid license at the time of the accident which is a provision of his policy. Mr. Gauntner stated that our only recourse at this point is to provide Gehring Insurance with an estimate to repair/replace the damaged light post. If the cost exceeds the $1,000 deductible (which the District is obligated to pay), Mr. Gehring will file a claim with VFIS who will issue a check for the cost over and above the deductible. The Board asked Stacy Dame, Legal Counsel, to follow up on any court ordered restitution and, if necessary, recommend other legal avenues regarding restitution by this uninsured motorist.

CHIEF’S REPORT:

1) District Electric and Natural Gas Service: Lt. Baker reported that St. #3 has an agreement with Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council ( NOPEC) for electric service, and that he, I.C. Sopko and other officers, met with NOPEC representatives to convert St. #2 to NOPEC electric service as of the May, 2017 expiration date with DPL. Converting to NOPEC electric should be about a 30% savings (+/- $100/month). Both stations have contracts with Orwell Gas that expire in mid-2018.

2) Staffing: Lt. Baker advised the Board that the District will be hiring Part Time staff to bolster the manning schedule which fell to the minimum of five 1.5% of the time in March. With summer approaching, we are entering the vacation season and will need additional Part Time staff to cover the schedule without incurring overtime.

3) District Vehicles: Lt. Baker reported that some of the District vehicles have high odometer readings and encouraged the Board to initiate dialog about the need to purchase new vehicles as opposed to continuing to repair and maintain some of the older vehicles. Currently, the Vehicle Maintenance Budget is on track.

4) Fire Station Alerting System Update: The contract for the new Station Alerting System will be put in Lake County’s name rather than each individual department’s name. Lake County Central Dispatch will work out the contract details and bill each department individually.

5) Full Time Negotiations: Per Lt. Baker, the Full Time Union has submitted their letter of intent to negotiate which was transferred to the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) on Monday, April 17, 2017.

6) St. #3 Water Pressure Issues: Lt. Baker reported that low water pressure at St. #3 continues to be a problem and he will be working directly with the Madison Village Water Department in the future to resolve issues.

7) Concord Fire Shift Coverage: Lt. Baker requested authorization from the Board to approve (6) hours of overtime each to send (2) District personnel to Concord Fire to cover shifts on April 22, 2017 so that Concord personnel can attend calling hours and funeral services to mourn the unexpected loss of a firefighter. He stated that it is a long standing tradition that Lake County Departments support each other in paying tribute and honoring fallen firefighters. The Board as a whole approved supporting Concord Fire in their time of grief.

8) Inspection Report: In Board folder for your review.

9) Firefighter Recognition: Lt. Baker recognized Nick Moon and Dan Quayle for completing 10 years of service with the Madison Fire District.

10) ERS Reporting System: Lt. Faulhammer reported that our current Firehouse reporting software has become antiquated and outdated and does not comply with State and Federal reporting requirements which makes us ineligible for Federal Grants. After meeting with several software vendors and evaluating numerous software programs, the District anticipates changing from Firehouse Software to the ERS CAD Reporting System which features both Fire and EMS platforms and is accessible on desktop computers, phones and tablets and can be used by unlimited users with unlimited logins. The system is federally run and is used by the military. As opposed to the 5-year contract required by Firehouse, ERS does not require a contract. The service can be cancelled at any time and ERS will refund the unused portion of the annual fee paid. Mr. Takacs stated that the cost of the software upgrade and the CAD issued at the County level are the most important aspects of this new system. Per Lt. Baker, presentation of the system specifications and documentation is still a ways away, but it will be forwarded to Legal Counsel and to the Board for review and approval as soon as the final details have been completed. Lt. Baker committed to collecting documentation such as terms of use, basic feature overviews and other miscellaneous information by the May Board Meeting.
As of 3/23/17, all equipment has been removed from the St. #1 annex and has been placed at St. #3, including Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) evidence now housed on the mezzanine level.

Beginning 3/24/17, three Madison High School students will be shadowing duty crews (30) hours per week for their senior projects.

Hydrant flushing is underway, weather dependent. Signs will be posted in various areas notifying the public when we are in their neighborhoods.

The Fleet Management Committee is still reviewing charges from Countryside Truck for work done to Engine #2124 that are in question.

Second quarter training has begun including competencies for EMS. The committee is working to further develop the system to include monthly Fire/EMS competencies.

Discussion:

Squad #2132: Lt. Henry is planning a trip to Burgess to evaluate the situation with squad #2132 and the Officers will make recommendations to the Board regarding equipment removed by Burgess. Mr. Gauntner asked how much equipment Burgess has already stripped off #2132. Lt. Baker and Lt. Henry stated that the front and rear light bars, center lights and some dashboard equipment are missing. Per Burgess, Chief Lutz had made an agreement with them to buy the squad for $1,500-$2,000. No written documentation of this verbal agreement has been located. Lt. Henry has requested that certain items be set aside for District use (O2 Lift, Batteries, Opticom, and LED lights, etc.). Lt. Baker reported that District Officers will be meeting soon to discuss the issue and will probably recommend that the remainder of the unit be sold to Burgess for $2,000 once the beneficial equipment has been reclaimed. Stacy Dame reported that Burgess has been instructed not to take any equipment off the vehicle until the situation is resolved.

District Boat: Mr. Vest stated that it is his understanding that the District boat is not in good shape and asked for a status report. Lt. Baker stated that the boat has been repaired several times and is beyond repair at this time. Currently Madison is not doing any water rescue runs and is relying on AMA from Fairport, Painesville City, Perry and Geneva as needed. Mr. Vest commented that he is not comfortable with that and asked what has been done to find a replacement. Lt. Baker reported that he had been working with the State on military surplus equipment, but Lake County Fire Departments do not qualify for this program. He stated that Officer discussions have turned toward deciding whether to replace the boat or look into possibly using Jet Skis instead. Mr. Vest stated that Madison has (7) miles of shoreline and resolving this issue needs to be a priority. Mr. Gauntner disagreed and stated that the Coast Guard and AMA are equipped and available for these kinds of runs and that there are many issues that are a higher priority than a boat or jet ski that is only used three months out of the year.

Perry/Madison Ladder Truck: Mr. Anderson asked about the status of the Perry/Madison ladder truck and was informed by Lt. Baker that he met with Chief McDonald this date and the Officers are currently working on reviewing what areas in Madison would benefit from ownership of this vehicle (North Ridge Road and in the Village), re-visiting the costs involved, and are developing a response guideline.

Mr. Gauntner reported that he had a conversation recently with Wally Siegel of the Perry Fire District Board and has put the topic of selling the District’s interest in the ladder truck to Perry on hold until a written protocol has been developed and adequate training has been conducted allowing the truck to be used properly by Madison Fire District personnel.

District Fuel Tanks: Mr. Anderson asked about the State Compliance issue regarding St. #2 and #3 Fuel Tanks. Per Lt. Baker, registration, permits, drawings, site plans and fencing quotes for the Fuel Tank upgrades are progressing. Mr. Gauntner stated that he had a discussion with Township Administrator Tim Brown last week about the Township Fuel Tanks, located in the same general area as St. #2 tanks, that are also not State compliant. Although further discussion is needed, the Township will work with the District and probably share the cost of the St. #2 upgrade when the Township Tanks are brought into compliance. Lt. Baker believes that the District is liable for the registration and permits for Fire District Tanks on Township property.

CLOSING PUBLIC PORTION: None to Report.

CLOSING BOARD COMMENTS:

Mr. Wayman and Mr. Gauntner thanked Lt. Baker and Lt. Sopko for the comprehensive Monthly Chief’s Report.

Motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss Personnel Compensation, Hiring of a Fire Chief and Collective Bargaining @ 8:29 pm by: Mr. Vest
Seconded by: Mr. Anderson ROLL CALL: All ayes

There may be Regular Session business to follow the Executive Session.

Mr. Gauntner reconvened Regular Session @ 9:34 pm.

The Board scheduled a Special Meeting for April 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm to conduct internal Fire Chief Interviews (3):

Motion by: Mr. Donaldson Seconded by: Mr. Vest ROLL CALL: All ayes

Motion to adjourn Regular Session @ 9:35 pm by: Mr. Donaldson
Seconded by: Mr. Anderson ROLL CALL: All ayes

___________________________ _______________________
Kenneth R. Gauntner, Jr., Chairman Nila Brass, District Clerk

April 5, 2017

CALL TO ORDER @ 7:00 pm

ROLL CALL x Mr. Anderson x Mr. Takacs x Interim Chief Sopko
x Mr. Donaldson x Mr. Vest x Ms. Clapp
x Mr. Gauntner x Mr. Wayman x Ms. Dame

SPECIAL MEETING

Motion to Adjourn to Executive Session to consider Personnel Appointment and Personnel Compensation @ 7:01 pm by: Mr. Wayman Seconded by: Mr. Anderson
ROLL CALL: All ayes

Per Mr. Gauntner, there may be business to follow Executive Session.

Mr. Gauntner reconvened the Special Meeting @ 7:57 pm.

Mr. Gauntner reported that the Board had spent considerable time in Executive Session discussing the Shifted positions for the Fire Chief and the Captains. He stated that, at the last meeting, the Board had asked Legal Counsel to review the Shifted Fire Chief’s job description and Ms. Dame also reviewed the Fair Labor Standards Act. He requested that she report on her findings.

Ms. Dame explained that she has made the legal determination based upon the review of typical labor laws that the District cannot have a Shifted position and an Administrative Salary position where the Administrative Salaried Fire Chief would be exempt from overtime
because it relied on the work actually performed and would become very complex in determining when the Fire Chief would be performing fire services which is Non-Exempt as opposed to when the Fire Chief is performing Executive or Administrative functions which would be exempt under the FLSA laws. The traditional Fire Chief is overtime exempt because they are in a salaried position and they serve in Operational, Managerial and Executive or Administrative roles, and they oversee operations and supervise personnel. When you move that sort of position into a shifted position and put them actually on the line of fire, by performing protection services, fire calls, ambulance services, and working a shift as every other Firefighter, it becomes problematic based on the exempt provisions under the FSLA. Fire Fighters are not exempt from overtime and are entitled to overtime for hours worked in excess of (106) hours in a 14-day period (53 hours per week). Exempt, Salaried and Shifted legally cannot happen. She recommended that the Board determine whether the Fire Chief be an Administrative, Salaried, Exempt position or a shifted position that would be hourly and subject to overtime.

Mr. Gauntner explained that the Captain positions would not be overtime exempt and Ms. Dame agreed that they would be subject to overtime if they were working on the line in a shifted position. You cannot have an Administrative Salary which is overtime exempt and also be shifted.

Mr. Gauntner stated that, based on Legal Counsel’s opinion, the Madison Fire District’s Fire Chief position will be a (40) hour per week, Exempt position. The Fire Chief Job Description has been reviewed by Legal Counsel and will be posted on or about April 6, 2017 in both stations, on the District Website and on Facebook. It is Mr. Gauntner’s hope that they will be able to promote from within, but the Fire Chief Job Description is to also be sent the Lake County Fire Chief’s Association for posting on or about April 6, 2017. All interested parties must submit a resume by April 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Motion to approve the (40) hour/week Exempted Fire Chief Job Description as modified to include Salary Range by: Mr. Anderson Seconded by Mr. Vest

Mr. Gauntner stated that it was not the direction we wanted to go, but that the Board does not legally have an option.

Lt. Baker asked if the legal ruling had to do with Exempt and Non-Exempt positions. Mr. Vest stated that it had to with Shifted and Non- Shifted and a Fire Chief is not permitted to do shift work and be exempt from overtime.

Mr. Gauntner asked that Lt. Baker hold his questions until after the voting process was completed.

ROLL CALL: All ayes

Lt. Baker asked if his understanding is correct that a Fire Chief can be Shifted, but cannot also be Exempt.

Mr. Donaldson agreed that a Fire Chief can be Shifted, would be paid hourly and would be paid overtime for anything beyond his (24) hour shift. Lt. Baker stated that overtime paid out beyond his regular shift, which doesn’t happen very often, would be much less annually than the $140,000 the Board will need to pay out for a traditional (40) hour per week Fire Chief.

Mr. Gauntner stated that the Board has to follow Legal Counsel’s advice and the Federal guidelines, but the Board still intends to create (3) Captains positions. He admitted that the District will not save money and is not happy with the direction they have to take because he was in favor of the Triad proposal. Mr. Wayman and Mr. Anderson agreed.

Motion to adjourn Special Meeting @ 8:10 pm by: Mr. Wayman
Seconded by: Mr. Takacs ROLL CALL: All ayes

___________________________ _______________________
Kenneth R. Gauntner, Jr., Chairman Nila Brass, District Clerk