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  Volume No. 16 Issue No. 9 September 2019  

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  FFPD May board meeting
  By Robin Widmar

   The Falcon Fire Protection District held its regular monthly board meeting May 15. All directors were present except for Mike Collins, who participated via teleconference; and Joan Hathcock, who was granted an excused absence. Attorney Joan Fritsche, legal counsel for the district, was also present.
   Treasurerís report
   Chief Trent Harwig reported that the fiscal year was 33 percent complete as of April 30. The general fund had received 45 percent of its anticipated revenue. Expenses across all categories were at 40 percent, including transfers to the ambulance and capital improvement funds. Harwig noted that special ownership tax revenue continues to exceed expectations at around $20,000 per month. Harwig said the EMS division chief should be hired in the next 30 days.
   Expenses in the capital projects fund include all new LifePak defibrillators, a cot for the reserve ambulance and other expenses related to the new ambulances.
   Harwig said the district has a chance through a bulk purchase to obtain generators for backup power at fire stations 2 and 6. Although not a budgeted expense, Harwig said it is a good opportunity. He noted that the cost of repairing the Station 6 restroom after the last time the pipes froze was nearly as much as the cost of one generator.
   Reservist hours
   Harwig reported that FFPD reservists logged 302 reserve standby hours in April. There were no station brownouts.
   Incident statistics
   The district received 261 calls for service in April, which was the second highest monthly call volume in its history (excluding March 2019 numbers). The year-to-date total as of April 30 was 1,143 calls for service, which is a 34.9 percent increase over the same period in 2018.
   Volunteer pension board meeting
   The actuarial reports for the volunteer pension fund were not received in time for the pension board meeting, so it was postponed and rescheduled for August.
   Old Meridian Road and U.S. Highway 24 intersection
   The board discussed ongoing business associated with the intersection redesign at Old Meridian Road and U.S. Highway 24 and approved two resolutions related to the project:
  • Resolution 5-15-2019-1: Approving conveyance of property and authorizing execution of documents related thereto. This resolution applies to property exchange with Falcon Highlands Metropolitan District and authorizes the fire chief to sign associated documents.
  • Resolution 5-15-2019-2: Authorizing grant of temporary construction easements and authorizing execution of documents related thereto. This resolution authorizes the fire chief to sign documents related to the temporary construction easements granted to the county for the road project.

   Director Tom Kerby said the county is now hoping to begin the project in late summer or early fall 2019.
   Station 3 parcel and Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District
   The board approved resolution 5-15-2019-3: Approving inclusion of parcel into Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District and authorizing execution of documents related thereto. This resolution authorizes the fire chief to begin the process of including FFPD Station 3 property into the Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District for sewer and water, and to sign documents related to the inclusion.
   Woodmen Hills Park at Station 1
   Harwig said the fire district has determined the actual site on Station 1 property where the park will be located. Attorney Joan Fritsche said she should have the draft lease available next month with drawings and comments from Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District.
   Ambulance billing rates and policies
   The board discussed ambulance billing rates compiled by district personnel. Harwig said the districtís billing company required this information. However, the district still has four months to make any adjustments before billing starts. Harwig also said the board needs to discuss and establish collections policies. The fire chief and his staff will continue to research these items.
   EMS division chief
   Harwig said that eight qualifying applications were received for the EMS division chief position. Three applicants were scheduled for interviews on May 21. Harwig said he is hoping to have the person on board by June 10.
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