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FFPD May board meeting

The Falcon Fire Protection District held its regular board meeting May 20. All board members were present except for Kelly Starkman, who participated via conference call. Attorney Richard Shearer, legal counsel for the district, was also present.CorrespondenceFire Chief Trent Harwig said the district had been contacted by a resident regarding an article, ìMore about CWPP,î in the FFPD section of The New Falcon Herald May issue. It had been reported that the Spirit Lakes subdivision lacked a Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan as a possible reason they did not receive a mitigation grant. However, Harwig clarified that Spirit Lakes does have a CWPP. ìIf we (the fire district) had a CWPP, it would have enhanced their ability to get the grant,î Harwig said. He added, ìIt would certainly help them and others, if we had our own.îTreasurerís reportHarwig reported that the fiscal year is 33 percent complete and 44 percent of anticipated revenue has been received as of April 30. Total general fund expenditures are at 29 percent, or about $90,000 under budget.Incident statisticsFFPD responded to 160 incidents during the month of April. The majority of calls (35 percent) occurred in FFPDís District 1, followed by District 3 (21 percent) and District 4 (19 percent). Emergency medical calls accounted for 61 percent of incidents. FFPD has responded to 675 incidents between Jan. 1 and April 30, a 5.79 percent increase over the same period in 2014.Station 4Harwig said he has been in contact with the county regarding a possible building site for Station 4. However, the recent weather has delayed further discussion since the county must focus on other issues. Harwig said the district has several possible options for sites.Black Forest Reserve cisternHarwig said the cistern has been ordered. Installation is scheduled for June 18.Meridian and Highway 24 redesignDirector Tom Kerby said he spoke with the county and expressed concerns over the reconfiguration of the intersection at Old Meridian Road and Highway 24. The proposed design will eliminate the current Old Meridian Road/Highway 24 intersection, creating access to Old Meridian Road from Highway 24 via a turn-in/turn-out design, moving the full intersection to the west. This configuration could pose potential problems for fire crews responding south on Meridian Road.Kerby said the county is open to discussing the issue. He added that county officials thought the fire station was moving, so the proposed design wasnít a problem. Harwig said the Loweís home improvement store chain made an offer to purchase the fire station and property at Old Meridian Road and Highway 24 years ago, but that deal fell through.

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