Meade County FPD holds last meeting of 2006
By SANDRA STONE
The Meade County Fire Protection District board of trustees held its final meeting of 2006 Dec. 18. In attendance were chair Martin Bosemer, members John Abadie, James Anthony, Bruno Ilario and Terry Carter and Chief Larry Naser.
Anthony presented the treasurer’s report, noting the checking account balance at First Federal Savings Bank is $6,134.57 while the Meade County Bank account is $74,666. Bosemer noted the year had ended with the department having a bit of a buffer, and he was glad to see that. Tax revenues in the amount of $211,282.45 had been received since the report was compiled. Naser noted a second tax check for approximately half that amount would be expected in January 2007. Anthony noted most categories were under budget except for rescue squad and equipment. Naser asked that bank statements be sent to the fire department’s address to enable him to provide them to the bookkeeper in a timely fashion. Additionally, the board moved to change the names on signature cards to reflect only the current treasurer and chair (Anthony and Bosemer). The board also approved the payment of the insurance premium which will come due before the January meeting.
A discussion regarding billing for services was tabled until the January meeting. Bosemer noted Naser is doing a good job of working with the county clerk’s office to ensure that only those outside the Meade County Fire Protection District are billed for services rendered.
Several expenditure requests were approved. They include oil change service on the large apparatus, repair a leaking elbow on E-42, brake work on truck 43 and new tires for the chief’s truck. The board also approved the firefighter committee’s recommendations regarding personnel. Placed on inactive status will be Bradley Cox, Gary Hubbard Jr., Lisa Jones, Kyle Mattingly, Joseph Montgomery, Robert Tanner and James Tanner. Approved on a 180-day probationary status were Renee Frost, Justin White, Chris Crawford, Russell Miller and Chris Hulsey.
The 31 runs since the last meeting included 12 EMS assists, two structure fires, three field fires and four motor vehicle accidents. Naser has done one inspection and eight walk-throughs of buildings already inspected checking for blocked aisles and other fire code violations. He found none.
In September 2007, the department will celebrate 50 years since its original charter, and Naser requested funds be budgeted for an event to mark the occasion. The firefighter committee selected seven members to research important dates and the history of the department, and Naser requested the assistance of the board in planning this event.
Naser has been meeting one-on-one with each member of the department to review their participation and discuss their goals. He also used this as an opportunity for the firefighters to express any concerns and stated the overall feeling of the department was positive.