Fire Commissioner Minutes March 12, 2018


Regular Commissioner Meeting

(minutes pending approval)

March 12, 2018

Commissioner Margeson called the Regular Fire Commissioners meeting to order at 7:02PM.


Present: Commissioners Margeson, Murphy, Crawford, Chief G. Francis, Mechanic L. Pyke, Treasurer Davelaar, Secretary Kankaala

Community Member: Matthew Enos


The minutes of February 12, 2018 were unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning March Operating Fund cash balance was $38,703.06. Beginning March General Investment Fund balance was $11,504.68. Beginning March Capital Fund cash balance was $72,844.83. Beginning March Capital Investment Fund balance was $32,502.36. Grand total is $155,554.93. February  expenses were $7,789.08, payroll was $2,730.00, and FF stipends for February were $1,393.00 for a grand total of $11,912.08 in February expenditures. February revenue included $4,795.25 in taxes collected, $13.22 in interest, and $15.67 in timber excise.


Open: Commissioner Crawford brought attention to the commissioners handbook stating that commissioners can not profit from their positions, i.e. he can not charge the fire department for boat charters. However, Crawford can donate his services and is willing to do so, when possible. It would be possible for the fire department to compensate Crawford for his chartering services, if the services went out to a public bid first.

Commissioner Murphy made a motion to have the Skagit County auditor as auditing officer for 2018. Commissioner Crawford seconded. The motion unanimously passed. This will be Resolution 391.  

The following District 17, GIFD, Commissioner Meeting dates have been changed from the second Monday of the month to the following: May 7, June 4, and August 6.

American Transparency issued a public records request for the year 2017. American Transparency is requesting an electronic copy of each employee record employed at GIFD. Secretary Kankaala will send American Transparency the requested information.

Chief’s Report: See attached report for a list of drills and responses. Commissioner Murphy made a motion to approve new recruit to GIFD, Larry Spitser. Commissioner Crawford seconded the motion. The motion unanimously passed.

Old Business: A resolution, 392, was approved to authorize the purchase of a command vehicle. Up to $15,000 was approved for the purchase of the vehicle and radio for vehicle. Discretion to spend funds will be at the discretion of the Chairman. Commissioner Murphy made the motion for resolution 392, and Commissioner Crawford seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Succession planning and recruitment has yielded some progress with the recruitment of Larry Spitzer. GIFD hopes to talk to more island residents at the pancake breakfast in May.

New Business: A resolution, 393, was approved to increase response stipends to $10 a call. Lead EMT or IC will earn additional $10 for completing reports for each call. Commissioner Murphy made the motion for resolution 393, and commissioner Crawford seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The Commissioners reviewed the invoices from February 11, 2018 to March 8, 2018 and approved invoices in the amount of $7,789.08 and payroll of $2,730.00 for a total of $10,519.08.

The next regular meeting will be April 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Fire Hall.

The meeting adjourned at 8:04 PM.

Submitted by Eric Kankaala, Secretary


Skagit County Fire District 17



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