Fire Commissioner Minutes May 7, 2018


Regular Commissioner Meeting

(minutes pending approval)


May 7, 2018

Commissioner Margeson called the Regular Fire Commissioners meeting to order at 7:00PM.

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

The minutes of April 9 were unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning May Operating Fund cash balance was $72,372.23. Beginning May General Investment Fund balance was $11,517.02. Beginning May Capital Fund cash balance was $72,844.83. Beginning May Capital Investment Fund balance was $105,423.42. Grand total is $262,157.50. April expenses were $17,318.23. April expenses included $4,526.15 to Sea Western for two sets of turnout gear, $1,575.17 to Mortenson Signs for striping of 1701, $3,025.62 to Motorola for radios for 1701, and $2,122.81 to ESO for medical reporting software. Payroll for April was $3,099.00, and FF stipends were $1,800 for a grand total of $20,417.23 in April expenditures. April revenue included $52,103.15 in taxes collected, and $12.34 in interest.

As of May 7, 2018, the total expenses for Command Vehicle 1701 are $15,851. Expensed out as follows: purchase price $9,000, licensing $885, tires $1,067, striping and decals $1,575, Bubba Sudz Detailing $298, and Motorola $3,026.

Commissioner Murphy made a motion to transfer $15,851 from the Capital fund to the Operating Fund.  Commissioner Crawford seconded. The motion passed unanimously. This will be Resolution 397.

Open: Commissioner Murphy brought up the “No Fireworks” sign that is displayed on the ferry superstructure on the Anacortes side. The sign is usually put up in June, and the fire department should reach out to Rachel Rowe within the next month or two to coordinate.

Chief’s Report: See attached report for a list of drills and responses. EMS presented their preliminary 2019 Budget, and District 17’s cost are projected to increase by 1%.

Old Business: District 17 Fire Commissioners sent a letter to Rachel Rowe to get clarification, regarding ferry crew negotiations and the 20 minute requirement. The 20 minute requirement currently exists for master positions, full-time and part-time purser-deckhands, but not the on-call purser-deckhands. In the County’s proposal, if an employee wants to be on the emergency call list, they must live within 20 minutes of the ferry terminal. District 17 Fire Commissioners intend to send a letter to Skagit County Human Resources, stating that District 17 commissioners prefer that the 20 minute requirement be upheld for all employees, not just those ferry employees wishing to respond to emergency call outs.

Secretary Kankaala is currently researching Washington State Archive protocols and is in the process of trying to determine what procedures GIFD has followed in the past. 

It is noted that Dave Margeson was elected Chairman of District 17 Fire Commissioners during the January 8, 2018 commissioners meeting. Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously that Chairman Margeson will be compensated at the rate of $30.00 per hour for any time that he is asked to spend performing business tasks on behalf of the department. This will be Resolution 396.

New Business: Commissioner Murphy made a motion to amend SOG 204 to state, “The District Chief has been granted the authority, by the Board of Fire Commissioners of Skagit County Fire Protection District 17, to appoint all department officers.” Commissioner Crawford seconded. The motion passed unanimously. This will be Resolution 398.

The Commissioners reviewed the invoices from April 7, 2018 to May 4, 2018 and approved invoices in the amount of $17,318.23 and payroll of $3,099.00 for a total of $20,417.23. 

The next resolution will be 399.

The next regular meeting will be June 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Fire Hall. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.

Submitted by Eric Kankaala, Secretary


Skagit County Fire District 17



Chief's Report April 2018

GIFD Budget Report May 2018

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