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MINUTES: Fire Board, April 4, 2016 – Fire Board Resigns

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April 4, 2016
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Present: Andrus, Atkinson, Sprenger and Goode
Also Present: Mark Avery, Township Board Liaison and Deb Hamilton, Recording Secretary.
Absent: Ball (excused)

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MOTION: Andrus/Atkinson to approve agenda as presented. MOTION PASSED



Margaret Achorn, 11284 Peninsula Dr., asked Sprenger to move the entire consent agenda down to Business on the Agenda because a packet was not provided. Consent Agenda was moved to Business Item #3.


1. Surplus Equipment
Sprenger said there were no bids for the 7A’s old chassis with the minimum of $14,700. Sprenger asked the Board if they want to re-post or have a brokerage firm dispose of it. Atkinson asked if the value listed was too high. Sprenger said it was posted at the minimum assessed value. Goode asked if put with a liquidator is there a flat fee or a percentage. Sprenger said there is a fee and a percentage based on final sale price. Andrus said re-post the bid. Atkinson asked how many miles are on it. Sprenger said around 80,000. Atkinson said re-post at same value.
MOTION: Atkinson/Goode to re-post surplus chassis at the same value for 15 business days with bids to be opened the following Monday. MOTION PASSED

2. Fire Department Long Range Plan Committee Update
Sprenger said legal counsel asked that the Fire Department Long Range Plan Committee be put on hold until the voting of the Fire Department members. The vote is on April 15, 2016.

3. Consent Agenda

A. Reports and Announcements
1. Fire Chiefs Reports – Sprenger said currently without a Fire Chief.
a. Run Report for March – Sprenger said the run report received at 5:00 pm. Sprenger can have information available in the morning.
b. Staffing schedule for April – Sprenger said the run report received at 5:00 pm. Sprenger can have information available in the morning.
c. Hours worked by employee for March – not finished and can be available in morning.
d. Review of unpaid bills and recommend for approval to Town Board – total $5,948.23
e. Review of accounts receivable for medical transports and utility services – Not available until 2nd or 3rd week of each month. Do not have present copy.
2. Finance Committee Report (Ball/Atkinson) Budget Review – Budget process is done.
3. Long Range Plan Committee (Atkinson/Ball) – on hold due to legal counsel recommendation.
4. Personnel Committee (Ball/Sprenger) – no report due to legal counsel recommendation.
B. Correspondence – None
C. Edit lists of invoices – available
D. Meeting Minutes – March 7, 2016 Regular Meeting
MOTION: Goode/Andrus to approve consent agenda. MOTION PASSED

Rob Manigold, 2876 Old Mission Rd., recommended using Craig’s List to sell the chassis.


Sprenger said it has taken him awhile to come to this conclusion but effective at adjournment of tonight’s meeting he will be resigning from the Fire Board. Sprenger thanked the members for their hard work. He feels as a Board they do not have the support deserved for the time and effort that has been put into this project. Sprenger said his time is better spent elsewhere. Atkinson thanked Sprenger.

Atkinson said he has a letter of resignation that he will be sending to Correia. He feels the same way Sprenger feels about the support from Township. It has been building to the point that with issue of the boat he is not comfortable staying on the Board. He has been involved in this for eight years when he wrote report. He is disappointed on how things have turned out. He plans on giving the Township Board one more shot of trying to save the boat on April 12, 2016. He has written a letter that covers the aspects of that issue. April 12, 2016 will be his last day as a board member. Andrus said he also will be resigning tonight for basically the same reasons. The Township Board is not supporting this Board or the Fire Department. He feels the Fire Department is doing a great job with what they have and capable of doing. He does not see the Township holding up their end. Goode said he will make it unanimous. He has a letter of resignation as well. It has been a privilege working with the Fire Board. Atkinson asked what Ball was going to do. Sprenger said he is not going to speak for Ball but that was the general feeling he got when Ball called to say he would not be at the meeting tonight.

MOTION: Andrus/Atkinson to adjourn at 7:15 p.m. MOTION PASSED

Respectfully Submitted,
Deb Hamilton, Recording Secretary
These minutes stand to be approved at the next meeting scheduled for May 2, 2016

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