Town of Somerset & Village of Somerset, Som Fire/Rescue Joint Mtg MinutesTown of Somerset &
Town of Somerset &
Village of Somerset
with Somerset Fire/
Joint Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
6:30 pm: View Fire Truck/Custom Fire in Fire Hall.
7:00 pm: Town Chairman, Ed Schachtner, called the meeting to order at the Town Hall. Present were: Ed Schachtner, Douglas Plourde, Lenny Germain, Shane Demulling, Jeff Johnson, Greg Sayers, Ryan Sicard, Bartt Palmer, Rita Lawson, Tom Roy, and Jon Mitchell. Fire Dept. members present: Travis Belisle, Rob Weldon and Jason Crotty. Absent: Larry Rauch, Bob Campbell, David Carufel and Bob Krueger. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Johnson, seconded by Demulling to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Public Input: None
Minutes from Previous Joint Meeting: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve the September 26, 2012 Joint Minutes with the changes that the meeting date is 2013 and the Knox Boxes are not purchased by the Fire Dept., just ordered by them. Motion carried.
Old Business - Equipment: If a new truck is purchased it would replace the 1982 pumper and 1994 rescue trucks. Belisle stated the Boards need to approve the process of obtaining specs on a new truck. Sicard asked what the timeline is for the spec process. Belisle does not know at this time, but is planning a trip down to the Pierce factory. Sicard stated both boards need to find out the cost before the 2014 budget process. Belisle stated there are many different financing options available. Discussion on any other big purchases in the future-possibly air bottles, but no new vehicles. Motion by Sicard, seconded by Plourde to approve the Fire Dept. and Fire/Rescue Commission to move forward with obtaining specs and prices on a new truck. Motion carried.
New Business - Possible Coverage Areas for Somerset Fire/Rescue in Star Prairie District: Town of Star Prairie Board present: Steve Lewis, Patty Schachtner and Scott Counter to discuss the possibility and costs to join with Somerset Fire/Rescue for a coverage boundary. Currently there is an agreement with Somerset Fire/Rescue to cover area of 90th Street now. Plourde requested Star Prairie representatives bring back a map of the boundary area proposed and the number of calls in the past two years, along with the total assessed value and number of residences/population served. Counter asked if there would be a “buy in” to the department and be a share holder or if they would be treated as a contracted service. Schachtner stated that would be an issue for both boards to decide and asked for their preference. Counter stated they don’t really have a preference, but whatever is most cost-effective. Johnson commented a contract seems like the easiest way for the first two years to see if the whole thing is feasible. Crotty suggested looking at a five mile radius from the station for the ISO insurance rating. Motion by Sicard, seconded by Sayers to proceed with exploring the option of expanding the fire coverage into portions of the Town of Star Prairie and requested representatives from Star Prairie bring information back to the April joint meeting for further discussion. Motion carried. Next meeting agenda item.
Mutual Assistance Between Town & Village for Emergency Snow Plowing or Assistance/ Time & Materials: Schachtner explained that there could be a time when a situation arises and our road crew or board is not nearby the area or available and the Town would like an agreement to call upon the Village to assist and be reimbursed time/materials. Sicard not opposed to seeing a formal proposal. Village has an equipment list and billable hours already established. Johnson stated insurance policies would need to be adjusted. Plourde noted in the formal agreement it should be determined what the chain of command is, regarding who is to make the call for assistance. Motion by Johnson, seconded by Demulling to pursue a formal agreement between the Village and Town on assistance and charges if the situation arises. Motion carried. Next meeting agenda item.
Financial Report: Belisle presented the Financial Report in the absence of Duggan. Motion by Sayers, seconded by Germain to approve the Financial Report as presented. Motion carried.
Set Date & Time of Next Joint Meeting: Wednesday, April 24th, 7 pm at Village Hall.
Joint meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Town Board Business Only -Approve Purchase of Pressure Washer: Tabled until Town Board meeting; no prices available.
Approval of up to $65,000 Funds for Purchase of Loader (if one is found): Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve Schachtner and one other board member to spend up to $65,000 for a purchase of a loader if one is found. Motion carried.
Town Board portion of meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.