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  FFPD July meeting
  By Robin Widmar

   The Falcon Fire Protection District held its regular monthly board meeting July 17. All directors were present except for Mike Collins, who participated via teleconference. Attorney Richard Shearer, legal counsel for the district, was not present.
   
   Fire Chief Trent Harwig administered oaths of office to Nicholas Gutierrez (firefighter), Justin Salinas (firefighter), John Gue (driver operator), and Kevin Kirbow (driver operator).
   
   Treasury report
   Harwig reported that the fiscal year was 50 percent complete as of June 30. The general fund had received 62 percent of its anticipated revenue. Harwig estimated that revenue from special ownership taxes in 2019 would be about $200,000 more than originally anticipated, but he noted that interest revenue would likely be less than estimated. Expenses across all categories were at 69 percent, including transfers to the ambulance transport and capital improvement funds. Excluding those transfers, expenditures were at 43 percent, or 7 percent under budget.
   
   The Station 3 air conditioning on the administrative side of the building is not working correctly, Harwig said. A contractor determined that the unit is outdated and parts are not available. Bids are being obtained, and Harwig estimated replacement could cost $5,000 to $6,000.
   
   The Ambulance Transport Fund is at 95 percent of its anticipated revenue as a result of the transfer from the general fund. The remaining 5 percent is expected to be generated by interest and billing collections once transport services begin. Expenditures are at 4 percent.
   
   The capital improvements fund is at 99 percent of revenue with expenditures at 32 percent.
   
   Chief’s report
   Reservists logged 240.5 standby hours in June with no station brownouts.
   
   The district received the final financial audit report and filed it with the state. No negative findings were noted.
   
   Incident statistics
   The district received 213 calls for service in June. The year-to-date total as of June 30 was 1,601, which represents a 21.6 percent increase over the same period in 2018.
   
   Out of 126 combined emergency medical calls and traffic accidents in June, 62.7 percent required at least one patient to be transported by ambulance.
   
   Old Meridian Road and U.S. Highway 24 intersection
   Harwig reported that the district has received a check from the county for the construction easement. The payment will cover the cost of relocating the electric meter at Station 3, which has been completed.
   
   Ambulance billing rates and policies
   The EMS division chief drafted a hardship policy that is currently being reviewed.
   
   Shiloh Mesa 502 exclusion
   The board scheduled a public hearing for the Shiloh Mesa exclusion for the August board meeting.
  
Nicholas Gutierrez (left) and Justin Salinas recite their oaths as they are sworn in as firefighters for the Falcon Fire Protection District at the July 19 board meeting.
 
Fire Chief Trent Harwig swears in Kevin Kirbow (left) and John Gue as driver operators for the Falcon Fire Protection District at the July 19 board meeting. Photos by Robin Widmar
 
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