Fire Commissioner Minutes August 6, 2018

Regular Commissioner Meeting
(minutes pending approval)


August 6, 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, Matthew Enos

The minutes of July 9 were unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning August Operating Fund cash balance was $48,554.44. Beginning August General Investment Fund balance was $11,580.87.  Beginning August Capital Fund cash balance was $72,844.83. Beginning August Capital Investment Fund balance was $105,562.43. Grand total is $238,542,57. July expenses were $12,720.01. Payroll for July was $4,038.00, and FF stipends were $2,665.00 for a grand total of $19,423.01 in July expenditures. July revenue included $537.12 in taxes collected, and $17.04 in interest, and $.60 in District IGT Increases.

Note: This month’s expenses include fire hydrant repairs of $4,047.44, and third quarter payment to Skagit 911 for the Westside Project of $826.99

Open: None

Chief’s Report: See attached report for a list of drills and responses. Mark Spahr has retired from GIFD after 26+ years of service. GIFD replaced the fire hydrant and shut off valve at the station.

Next Generation 911 will be implemented within the next 3-5 years. Next Generation integrates better with cellphone technology, including the use of text messaging. Currently, AT&T is the contractor the federal government is using for NextGen. AT&T is mandated to install a cell tower for better coverage of Guemes Island.

Skagit County Commissioners have voted to go ahead and adopted a fire based EMS system for the county. Because of this, Central Ambulance Authority is being phased out by January 1,  2019. All of EMS responses will be integrated into the Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, and Anacortes Districts. Anacortes District is already fire based. This change to a fire based EMS system will be minimal to Guemes Island.

Old Business: Commissioner Murphy made a motion, and Commissioner Crawford seconded that all pertinent documents be sent to Washington State Archives, once a year. The date for transfer will be February 1. This will be Resolution 400.

New Business: A draft has been proposed to alter SOG 111, regarding fundraising and political activities. Discussion on the policy change will occur during upcoming GIFD Commissioner meetings.

The Commissioners reviewed the invoices from July 8, 2018 through August 4, 2018 and approved invoices in the amount of $$12,720.01 and payroll of $4,038.00 for a total of $16,758.01.

The next resolution will be 401.

The next regular meeting will be September 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Fire Hall.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM.

Submitted by Eric Kankaala, Secretary



Skagit County Fire District 17



Chief's Report July 2018

GIFD Budget Report July 2018