April 2017 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Meeting
Board of Fire Commissioners
April 11, 2017

Members present: Chairman – James W. Boswell
Vice Chairman – Roy A. Taylor
Treasurer – Steven E. Strait
Secretary – Joe Fagundes
Vice Treasurer – Chandler Huff

• Call to Order: Chairman Boswell called the Board of Fire Commissioners’ meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

• Pledge of Allegiance

• Invocation

• Public Input

• Old Business

The minutes for the February 2017 meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Boswell made a motion to approve the meeting minutes. Commissioner Huff seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The Financial Statement Reports for February and March 2017 were reviewed. Commissioner Huff made a motion to approve the February Financial Statement Report as presented. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried. Commissioner Fagundes made a motion to approve the March 2017 Financial Statement Report as presented. Commissioner Boswell seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Fagundes asked that we check on closing the Florida Prime accounts. Christy Williams will follow-up to start the process.

Commissioner Boswell turned the meeting over to Chief Bennett.
• New Business

Audit Review by Bruce Nunnally: Bruce Nunnally from Carr, Riggs & Ingram presented the audit out brief to the board.

Inventory Increase for department property request from $750.00 to $1,000.00 per CRI recommendation: After a discussion Commissioner Boswell made a motion to inventory increase from $750.00 to $1,000.00. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Concealed weapon class April 1st update: Chief Bennett briefed the board on the turn out of the class and the positive response he has received from those that attended.

Ten year plan administration vehicle replacement quote: Chief Bennett briefed the board on the ten year plan to replace Chief Losinger’s vehicle. After a discussion Commissioner Huff made a motion to approve the replacement of the admin vehicle. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Special meeting request: Chief Bennett requested a special workshop for station improvements. After a discussion the Board agreed to change the regularly scheduled meeting time for the May meeting from 6pm to 5pm with the special workshop to follow.

Rescue truck update: Chief Bennett updated the board on the anticipated delivery date of the new rescue truck. The arrival date is scheduled for May 17th.

Lieutenant promotion/open position: Chief Bennett briefed the board on the upcoming promotion and open firefighter position.

Union Contract Negotiations: Chief Bennett briefed the board on the plans for the upcoming negotiations and would like to have everything wrapped up by October 1st.

“Know your smoke” class on May 12th: Chief Bennett briefed the board that we are co-hosting a class with Eglin Fire Department. It teaches the firefighters the different types of smoke, colors and what needs to be done.

April Employee Birthdays: FF Devin Rogers (6th).

April Employee Anniversaries: Lieutenant Chris Moyer (3rd – 10 years) and FF Aaron Calloway (4th – 6 months).

Chief Losinger presented the monthly Fire Marshal Report.

Chief Losinger presented the monthly operations report.

Commissioner Huff made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Boswell seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.
The meeting adjourned.
Joe Fagundes
Secretary

March 2017 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING

CANCELLATION

The regularly scheduled Board of Fire Commissioners’ meeting on March 9, 2017 has been cancelled.
NEXT MEETING:
• The next Board of Fire Commissioners’ Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the North Bay Fire Control District, Niceville, Florida 32578.

February 2017 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Meeting
Board of Fire Commissioners
February 14, 2017

Members present: Chairman – James W. Boswell
Vice Chairman – Roy A. Taylor
Treasurer – Steven E. Strait – Absent
Secretary – Joe Fagundes – Absent
Vice Treasurer – Chandler Huff

• Call to Order: Chairman Boswell called the Board of Fire Commissioners’ meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

• Pledge of Allegiance

• Invocation

• Public Input

• Old Business

The minutes for the January 2017 meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Huff made a motion to approve the meeting minutes. Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The Financial Statement Report for January 2017 was reviewed. Commissioner Boswell made a motion to approve the January 2017 Financial Statement Report as presented. Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Boswell turned the meeting over to Chief Bennett.

• New Business

Staff Life Insurance Options: Chief Bennett briefed the Board regarding the employees purchasing additional life insurance through The Standard. Employees are not allowed to purchase additional coverage through the department’s policy.

Request to Approve Surplus of Chevy Truck: After a discussion Commission Huff made a motion to approve the sale of the 2008 Chevy truck. Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Request to Approve Change of Date of March Meeting/Pinning Ceremony: After a discussion, Commissioner Boswell made a motion to approve the new meeting date and time to March 9th at 6pm. Commissioner Huff seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

NBFCD CPR/First Aid Training Center: Chief Bennett informed the Board that we are now a training center. The department is registered through the American Safety and Health Institute.

2017 Ad Valorem Update: Chief Bennett updated the board on the ad valorem funds we have received to date. As of February 13th the department has received $1,815,254.01, which is 81.9%.

Request to Approve Application for SCBA Grant: After a discussion, Commissioner Huff made a motion to approve the application for a federal SCBA grant. Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

February Employee Birthdays: FF Zach Fiorina (6th), Captain Nate Ark (10th), Lieutenant James Harris (15th) and FF Tyler Gagner (28th).

February Employee Anniversaries: Captain Scot Jones (7th – 24 years) and Christy Williams (27th – 5 years).

Chief Losinger presented the monthly Fire Marshal Report.

Chief Losinger presented the monthly operations report.

Commissioner Huff asked Chief Bennett on the status of the new truck. Chief Bennett stated that the truck is still slated to arrive towards the end of April.

Commissioner Boswell made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Taylor seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.
The meeting adjourned.
Joe Fagundes
Secretary

January 2017 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Meeting
Board of Fire Commissioners
January 10, 2017

Members present: Chairman – James W. Boswell
Vice Chairman – Roy A. Taylor
Treasurer – Steven E. Strait
Secretary – Joe Fagundes
Vice Treasurer – Chandler Huff

• Call to Order: Chairman Boswell called the Board of Fire Commissioners’ meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

• Pledge of Allegiance

• Invocation: Pastor Doug Suvino from Valparaiso First Assembly of God

• Public Input

• Old Business

The minutes for the December 2016 meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Huff made a motion to approve the meeting minutes. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Huff made a motion to approved the amended November 2016 Financial Statement Report. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The Financial Statement Report for December 2016 was reviewed. Commissioner Fagundes made a motion to approve the December 2016 Financial Statement Report as presented. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Boswell turned the meeting over to Chief Bennett.

• New Business

2017 Commission Seats: After a discussion, the Board made a decision to stay in their current positions. Commissioner Fagundes would like to set a process in place for future boards.

2016 Overview: Chief Bennett briefed the Board on the total number of calls (1,486), mutual aid to other departments (150) and received mutual aid (72).

Request for special workshop on direction of fire station renovation/improvement: After a discussion, the Board agreed to set up a special workshop with Chief to review previous plans and remodel.

January Employee Birthdays: FF Troy DeVoy (8th)

January Employee Anniversaries: None

Chief Bennett presented the monthly Fire Marshal Report.

Chief Bennett presented the monthly operations report.

Commissioner Boswell asked Chief Bennett to go over the legalities of his contract. After a discussion, each board member will take a copy of the contract for review and a special meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 5pm.

Commissioner Fagundes made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Strait seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The meeting adjourned.

Joe Fagundes
Secretary

December 2016 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Meeting
Board of Fire Commissioners
December 13, 2016

Members present: Chairman – James W. Boswell
Vice Chairman – Roy A. Taylor – Absent
Treasurer – Steven E. Strait
Secretary – Joe Fagundes
Vice Treasurer – Chandler Huff

• Call to Order: Chairman Boswell called the Board of Fire Commissioners’ meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

• Pledge of Allegiance: Ryan Gillespie from Troop 71 Eagle Scouts lead the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.

• Invocation

• Public Input:

• Old Business

Commissioner Boswell advised Chief Bennett to proceed with the Christmas bonus for all employees as long as it was available in the budget.

The minutes for the October 2016 meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Fagundes made a motion to approve the meeting minutes. Commissioner Boswell seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The Financial Statement Report for October 2016 was reviewed. Commissioner Huff made a motion to approve the October 2016 Financial Statement Report as presented. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Huff made a motion to table the November 2016 Financial Statement Report until the January meeting due to a discrepancy in the tax discounts from the Okaloosa County Tax Collector. Commissioner Boswell seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Boswell turned the meeting over to Chief Bennett.

• New Business

Admin Staff Annual Leave Cap: Chief Bennett briefed the board on his request to increase the cap of the admin staff annual leave to 500 hours and mirror the combat staff’s leave cap. Chief Bennett also briefed the board on the implementation of the duty chief no longer responding to false alarms, fire alarms or elevator rescues. After a discussion Commissioner Boswell asked that Chief Bennett implement the new protocol and in three months bring it back to the board.

Chief Bennett’s Employment Contract: Chief Bennett provided the board with a copy of his proposed contract. Commissioner Boswell suggested that the contract be discussed, copy given to Chief Miller and brought back to the January meeting. All commissioners were in agreement.

December Employee Birthdays: FF Danny Mitchell (10th) and Chief Bennett (11th)

December Employee Anniversaries: Captain Nate Ark (18th – 10 years) and FF Troy Devoy (14th – 1 year).

Chief Losinger presented the monthly Fire Marshal Report.

Chief Losinger presented the monthly operations report.

Chief Losinger gave a presentation on the Targe Salutions program.

Commissioner Boswell reminded everyone the next Board of Fire Commissioners meeting would be on Tuesday, January 10th.

Commissioner Huff made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Fagundes seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The meeting adjourned.

Joe Fagundes
Secretary