Windham - The WVFD Joint Fire District Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on July 11, 2014 with members Dann Timmons, Debbie Blewitt and Ron Kilgore, along with Fiscal Officer Jayme Neikirk in attendance. Two members were unavailable for the meeting.
The board approved the minutes, June bank reconciliation and expenditures before moving on to approve 2015 budget. The board also approved the county certificate for placing a renewal 4 mill levy on the ballot in November.
In the chief’s report, Mike Iwanyckyj reported that they were awarded a grant for nearly $53,000, which has to be used for training. Timmons suggested they develop another plan for purchasing new trucks, as it appears that grant money for large equipment seems to be drying up. The board will discuss this over the next few months and develop a plan of action for large equipment purchases. Chief Iwanyckyj said he will apply for the large equipment grant again in the fall. He said his sources say that they have a good chance to receive one. Iwanyckyj also reported that that truck 2815 had the shifter cable replaced and some electrical work done, truck 2818 had bad valve replaced and brakes done and the rescue unit had a windshield replaced due to stone damage. He also reported that truck 2817 will need tires before winter. The department is in need of new fire hoses and the chief will get estimates for that.
The board approved the chief’s recommendation of Jacob Bowden, and Tracey Rowe as EMT /fire fighter and Chad Mosier as firefighter. Welcome to the WVFD!
Lastly, Iwanyckyj reported that they had eight calls on July 11, 2014 and, as of July 11th, 398 calls year-to-date.
Residents asked about dispatching costs and it is estimated that with the current call volume they are on pace exceed last years call volume at an expense of about $25,000 for 2014.
The next fire board meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2014 at 7pm.