President MikeDaley called the meeting to order with Board Members Stephen Coles, Gary Maguire, Johnathon Oppermann and Jeanine Ellis present. Also present were Fire Chief Leo Touzjian, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Cousineau, Erle Collom, John Allington, Chris Rich, Rachel Barkworth, Barry Mauerman, Andrew Griffiths and Board Secretary Teresa Hoffman.
Minutes from Previous Meeting
Stephen Coles made a motion to approve meeting minutes, seconded by Jeanine Ellis, motion passed.
Submission of Bills
Johnathon Oppermann made a motion to pay bills, seconded by Jeanine Ellis, motion passed.
The Treasurer’s Report was given by Gary Maguire.
Gary Maguire made a motion to move $415 from Contingency to Volunteer Runs and $760.42 from Contingency to Debt Service – Trucks, seconded by Jeanine Ellis, motion passed.
Treasurer presented budget for 2020.
Increased Volunteer Runs to $13,000 (from $12,000), based on doubling actual costs for 2019.
Fire Chief’s Report
13 Calls: 8 Medical, 2 Fire Alarms, 2 Motor Vehicle Accidents,1 Search & Rescue.
New ATV may be donated by Backbone Adventures. Fire Academy Graduation on Saturday.
Checked by Will Heath and Mike Cousineau.
Erle Collom going to North Carolina in December for mid-build inspection on Rescue (5221).
* Community Room
Boulder County Land Use changed meeting to Nov 18.
Stations / Land
* Station One - Main - 14861 Highway 7 – Osmun
Bulletin Board being fixed/replaced by Mike Daley.
Dish Satellite re-mounted after wind storm.
* Station Two - 2770 Riverside Drive – Heathermeade
* Station Three - 4 County Road 113 East - Meeker Park
* Station Four – 7400 Highway 7 – The Heights
* Station Five - 32 Bunce School Road - McCulloch
* Glover Land –including property in Allenspark Fire Protection District.
Larimer County Court didn’t receive Petition for Inclusion, sent copy via certified mail.
* Allenspark Water & Sanitation District
Mike Cousineau and Barry Mauerman:
Researched device for hydrant ($1,200), to be stored at station one.
Should prevent issues with water hammer.
Can be used on other hydrants.
Barry will work on hydrant training in the future.
Will continue to work on other options.
Water pipes are built to last 200 years, water meters should last 25 years.
Presented water hammer formula and a letter to the Board.
Requesting 1/3 of the cost of repairs ($460).
Surge tank at base of hydrant is another option ($5,000).
In a pit or buried, will absorb pressure.
Allenspark Water willing to split cost.
Talked to previous Fire Chief, Mike Osmun, who said that after the 2010 issues, AFPD purchased gate valves for trucks to prevent future issues.
Does not want to set precedent to fix all broken parts from hydrant use.
Talked to two water districts that have had no problems with fire department damage.
Talked to two former Board Members who felt they were forced into signing 2010 Allenspark Water agreement.
Investigated hydrant use by AFPD personnel on 9/20/19, found no improper use or misuse.
AFPD hoses will fail at 400 PSI.
1/3 of fire training involves hydrants each year.
Will look into adding Allenspark Water notification to CAD system or Iamresponding.
Water meter failed, which is owned by homeowner.
Hydrant use causes pressure increases which may cause an old meter to fail.
Maintain that AFPD used hydrant responsibly.
Need formal, written proposal to work with Allenspark Water.
Gary Maguire made a motion not to pay expenses for water meter damage because AFPD does not admit to any improper use and paying would set a bad precedent, seconded by Stephen Coles. Motion did not pass.
Jeanine Ellis would like to see a new agreement.
Johnathon Oppermann abstained.
Stephen Coles made a motion to pay $460 in expenses for water meter damage without admitting improper use, seconded by Jeanine Ellis. Motion passed.
Gary Maguire abstained.
Johnathon Oppermann abstained.
Will wait to vote on procedural changes until next board meeting. Need a written proposal from Allenspark Water & Sanitation District for mitigation measures to prevent damage to the Allenspark water system by fire operations.
* Winter Party – Pathways – Dec 15, 5:00 (17:00)
43 responded so far.
Fire Fighter Comments
* Erle Collom, Rachel Barkworth did not agree with paying the $460 to the water deparment.
Board Member Comments
* Stephen Coles mentioned that some Allenspark residents think the AFPD is abusing the water department.
* Stephen Coles has no respect for precedent; future board members should not feel obligated to make any decisions based on precedent.
* Johnathon Oppermann appreciates the AFPD working together with Allenspark Water.