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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

MINUTES FROM MARCH 14, 2006
REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Commissioner Schweers opened the meeting at 6:10 p.m.
Silent Prayer
Pledge of Allegiance

ROLL CALL

Commissioner Akins, Commissioner Levy, Commissioner Sassano, Commissioner Schweers and Commissioner Morris, all presented and accounted for.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES

Battalion Chief Larry Nisbet introduced Matthew Pagnutti and Ryan Evanson.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS

No public comments were made.

ITEMS TO BE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION

No items pulled for discussion.

CONSENT AGENDA

Commissioner Sassano made a motion to approve Consent Agenda items 1, 2, 3 & 4 as is. Commissioner Morris seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Discussion was held regarding Commissioner Morris� early departure from the meeting and rearranging the agenda to handle a commissioner item before his departure. Commissioner Morris made a motion to rearrange the agenda and move a commissioner item before the Administrative Agenda discussion. Commissioner Levy seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

COMMISSIONER ITEM

Commissioner Schweers recommended to the Board that they appoint Interim Fire Chief Jeff Lindsey as the permanent Fire Chief subject to negotiations with Chief Lindsey. Discussion was held. Commissioner Levy made a motion to commence negotiations with Chief Lindsey as to the fire chief job description, salary and employment contract, one member of the board would act as the representative during negotiations, and present to the board at the next regular meeting. Commissioner Morris seconded. After further discussion, Commissioner Akins recommended the board offer the permanent position of Fire Chief to Interim Fire Chief Lindsey at the current salary and subject to negotiations of the job description, salary and employment contract to be completed within the next 30 days. After further discussion and an explanation by attorney Charles Schoech , a vote was taken on the original motion by Commissioner Levy, seconded by Commissioner Morris, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Levy volunteered as the board�s representative for the negotiation process with Chief Lindsey and it was agreed upon by all commissioners.

At this time Commissioner Morris had to leave the meeting due to a prior commitment.

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENDA
WALK-ON ITEMS

No walk-on items were presented.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No public comments were made.

COMMISSIONER ITEMS

Commissioner Levy asked the board to possibly consider raising the $5,000 limit by the Fire Chief for discretionary purchase. Commissioner Sassano feels $5,000 is a safe limit; this will be re-addressed after the negotiation process for the Fire Chief.

Commissioner Akins discussed the need for a representative of EFR to be a member of the ECCL, the current representative is the Fire Chief with Jim Clarke, Community Relations Manager, as the alternate. Commissioner Akins made a motion to appoint Jim Clarke as the member representative of EFR and the Fire Chief as the alternate. Commissioner Levy seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Akins presented Chief Lindsey with a patch from Radnor Fire Co., First Motorized Pump in the U.S.

Commissioner Schweers provided information regarding the future possibility of a traffic signal at Station 2. Commissioner Schweers also discussed the association fee for station 2. After much discussion and explanation by the commissioners and attorney Schoech, the board requested a copy of the bill/invoice be sent to them for review. Commissioner Schweers also asked the board to get back to following the check signing schedule provided by the Finance Director.

Commissioner Sassano suggested re-addressing the policy on uniformly marked vehicles. She would like to know the figures and how it differs from other districts backing up marked vs. unmarked. This is specifically in relation to Administrative Agenda Item 5.

INTERIM FIRE CHIEF REPORT

Commissioner Levy made a motion to adjourn, Commissioner Sassano seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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GAYLE M. SASSANO, Secretary