President Mike Daley called the meeting to order with Board Members Stephen Coles, Gary Maguire, Johnathon Oppermann and Jeanine Ellis. Also present were Chief Leo Touzjian, Les Male, Rachel Barkworth, Erle Collom, Tom Cousineau, Mike Cousineau, John Sullivan, John Allington, Chad Bailey and Board Secretary Teresa Hoffman.
Minutes from Previous Meeting
Steve Coles made a motion to approve meeting minutes, seconded by Johnathon Oppermann, motion passed.
Submission of Bills
Invoices were reviewed. Jeanine Ellis made a motion to pay bills, seconded by Steve Coles, motion passed.
The Treasurer’s Report was given by Gary Maguire.
2019 proposed budget will be presented at the October Board meeting. The December Board meeting will be moved to December 12 to meet the state deadline.
Fire Chief’s Report
24 Calls: 9 Emergency Medical Service, 5 Fires, 10 Miscellaneous. 143 calls so far; total for 2107 = 145.
Volunteers - Barry Mauerman is back from Scotland, not currently an EMT. Roster is full.
Community Room - Allenspark Area Club meeting on Saturday, November 10.
Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) - Closed unless Fire Chiefs pursue a proposal to request money from the county or draft legislation change to Federal law requiring counties to disburse PILT funds to districts.
Stations / Land
Station One – Main - 14861 Highway 7 - Osmun
Upstairs Kitchen - Mike Cousineau working on a quote from Lowe’s. Allenspark Area Club is keeping donations in a seperate account and will pay for kitchen upgrades directly.
Striping - Steve Coles contacted CDOT about parking and standing problems in the front.
CDOT proposed putting curbs in front, similar to the Gallery. They also sent regulations for crosswalk and ‘no parking’ markings.
Chief is not in favor of curbs as that would make it more difficult for AFPD volunteers to get in and out of the station. He is in favor of a crosswalk.
Steve Coles will work with Johnathon Oppermann on updated drawings with favored changes. He will also contact Sandy Biebel (The Old Gallery liaison) to make her aware of the situation and the potential cost to the Gallery.
Will re-visit issue in 2019 when weather permits outside painting.
Station Two – 2770 Riverside Drive - Heathermeade
Jeaninne Ellis purchased three rolls of landscaping burlap (two free - Home Depot donation).
Crushed Asphalt –
No free asphalt because there hasn’t been any paving on Highway 7 this year.
Will put down 1.5” of crushed asphalt to get Certificate of Occupancy.
Steve Coles made a motion to move $1,500 from Contingency fund to Station & Grounds to cover asphalt cost, seconded by Johnathon Oppermann, motion passed.
Dedication Ceremony – scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 PM (14:00).
Station Three – 4 County Road 113 East - Meeker Park
Volunteers put new metal roof on Meeker Station 9/16/18. Cost approximately $1,000.
Station Four – 7400 Highway 7 - Covenant Heights
Damage to front corner by Supply Works will cost an estimated $493 to repair.
Will proceed with repairs before the winter snows.
Chief is building a small roof over the side door to minimize fall danger to volunteers.
Tom Cousineau also put a new lock on that door and a new motion sensitive light.
Station Five – 32 Bunce School Road - Bunce
The phone line to the emergency call box is now visible on the ground.
Chief contacted CenturyLink, they will review and fix.
An option some Fire Districts are pusuing. If the district loses money due to property tax decreases, the mill levy will automatically increase to keep district income at the same level as previous year.
New and untested, it passed for some districts and not for others. Future lawsuits a possibility.
Another option is to ask district residents for a mill levy increase. Increase of 1% would result in approximately $39,000 more income per year for AFPD.
Erle Collom and Chad Bailey are researching options for a new vehicle to replace 5224.
Many uses; Ice Rescue, Extrication, Water Rescue, Mass Casualty Incidents, HazMat, Decontamination, Fire Fighter Rehab and Scene Safety.
A 2018 Ram 5500 4X4 from Anchor-Richy in NC would cost approximately $150,000.
According to AFPD By-Laws, three bids are only required for construction proposals.
Will continue research, order will need to be placed by January 2019 for delivery in 2019.
Fire Fighter Comments
Les Male said that he is also against curbs for Station One. He also expressed concern that a crosswalk will still present problems at night, unless it has lighting.
Rachel Barkworth said that parking during TOG events is not the problem. The problem is when cars park at Station One at other times and when they pull over (to let faster cars pass or to use a cell phone). She suggested hash marks rather than a crosswalk.
Board Member Comments
Steve Coles wanted the fire department to know about a test from the EOC on Monday, October 1 at 09:30.
A Coronal Mass Ejection test. Mike Chard is organizing and involves the BCARES group.
The AFPD has not received any communication about this.
Mike Daley thanked all for the fast response and for saving his life at his accident two months ago.