Town of Somerset & Village of Somerset with Somerset Fire/Rescue 1/25/12 MInutesTown of Somerset &
Town of Somerset &
Village of Somerset
Joint Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Town Chairman, Ed Schachtner, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. Present were: Ed Schachtner, Douglas Plourde, Lenny Germain, Larry Ranch, Jeff Johnson, Ryan Sicard, Bartt Palmer, Bob Campbell, Bob Krueger, Rita Lawson. Absent: Greg Sayers, Dave Carufel, John Mitchell, Shane Demulling and Tom Roy. Fire Dept. members present: Travis Belisle and Jason Crotty. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Johnson, seconded by Plourde to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Public Comment: No public comments.
Minutes from Joint Meeting: Motion by Johnson, seconded by Krueger to approve the September 26, 2011 Minutes. Motion carried.
Financial Report for 2011: Belisle presented the Financial Report as of 12-31-11. Fire Dept. expenses came in under budget-excess money will be carried over into 2012. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to approve the financial report. Motion carried.
5 Year Equipment Plan & Long Range Plan: Belisle presented the updated 5-year equipment plan. Belisle proposed selling the 1983 pumper and 1994 International rescue truck and replacing with a rescue/pumper combination truck. FEMA grant for a thermal imager has been applied for. Currently, the thermal imager is working fine, however, technology has changed drastically since the mid-1990 purchase. SCBA bottles out of conformance by DOT standards and will need to be replaced by 2018; large expenditure of around $25,200. Sicard suggested putting money aside in a capital outlay equipment fund to plan for this large purchase. Plourde suggested Fire Dept. add it as a line item to their budget. Long range plan calls for replacing two to three sets of turnout gear each year, space issues, hose replacement, SCBAs and ventilation fans, making necessary purchases to improve the Insurance Service Office (ISO) ratings.
Calculations for Town/Village Contract Split: Plourde presented a detail report on population, assessed value, and number of medical and fire calls over a 3 year period. Each category was given a weighted percentage. Fire and medical calls received a higher rating over population and assessed value. In 2009, the percentage was Town 55.1% and Village 44.9%. For 2012, there were different scenarios with different weighed percentages for each category. The percentages hovered from the Town’s percentage of 51.5-54.5% and the Village’s percentage from 45.5%-48.5%. Consensus was the 55/45 split that has been in place should continue in the next contract. Discussion on consideration of rental fee from the Village to Town for use of the building for Fire Dept. Next month’s agenda: 5 year contract with 55% Town/45% Village contract split and rental/lease fee to Town for Fire Dept. space.
Fire Dept./DNR Contract: Motion by Sicard, seconded by Ranch to support the Memorandum of Understanding with the DNR and not charge for fire calls on DNR property. Motion carried.
MABAS – Box Alarm System: Belisle explained the box alarm system, allowing departments to call for certain equipment and personnel from other departments when the situation arises. No cost. Motion by Sicard, seconded by Plourde to support the Fire Dept.’s request to join MABAS. Motion carried.
Recycling - Storage Issues: Some discussion on current space issues at Town Hall.
Ambulance Service: Lakeview does not charge for its services. Mutual aid ambulance service is in existence. Motion by Sicard, seconded by Campbell to approve entering into a contract with Lakeview Ambulance Service for continued usage of their services. Motion carried.
Set Date & Time of Next Joint Meeting: Wed., April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall.
Joint meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Town Board Business Only: Consider Options for Building Inspection Services and Raising Minimum Fee that Requires a Permit (Currently at $2,000): Schachtner stated the Town checked with their insurance and Wert cannot be covered unless he is an employee. Much discussion. Consideration of original contract for a period of one year and purposing changing fee schedule on February 1st agenda.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.