Fire Commissioner Minutes September 14, 2020

Regular Commissioner Meeting
(minutes pending approval)

September 14, 2020

Commissioner Margeson called the Regular Fire Commissioners meeting to order at 7:01 pm. 

Because of COVID-19, the September 14, 2020 meeting was conducted virtually.

Present: Commissioners Margeson, Murphy, Crawford, Chief Snell, Assistant Chief Enos, Treasurer Davelaar, Secretary Kankaala.

The minutes of August 10, 2020 were unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning August Operating Fund cash balance was $64,154.86. Beginning August General Investment Fund balance was $12,023.18.  Beginning August Capital Fund cash balance was $102,844.83. Beginning August Capital Investment Fund balance was $33,967.15. Grand total is $212,990.04.

August expenses were $816.81. Payroll for August was $2,308.64, and VFF stipends were $1,100.00. The grand total of expenditures in August was $4,225.45.

August revenue included $794.08 in taxes collected and $23.67 in interest. Total August revenue was $817.75.

District 17 Commissioners reviewed and approved the Treasurer’s Report, invoices, and firefighter stipends at their September 14, 2020 public meeting. Commissioner Murphy made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, and Commissioner Crawford seconded; motion was approved unanimously. 

Open: none

Chief’s Report: See attached report for a list of drills and responses. 

A Lieutenant position has been offered and accepted by Daniel Burnett.

Jefferson Butler is registered for EMT school, which starts September 23, 2020.

Assistant Chief Enos has asked the District 17 commissioners to discuss new incentives to get more people interested in joining the Guemes Island Fire Department. Commissioner Murphy made a motion to change the stipend distribution to quarterly, instead of once yearly. The change to quarterly distribution will begin the 2021 fiscal year. Commissioner Crawford seconded the motion. The motion passed. This will be Resolution 429. 

Old Business: A value/mission statement has been adopted. A copy of the value/mission statement will be attached to the September minutes. Commissioner Murphy made a motion to adopt the vision/mission statement, in its current form. Commissioner Crawford seconded the motion. The motion passed. This will be Resolution 430. 

The GIFD accounts are currently being transferred from Chief Francis to Chief Snell.

GIFD would like to thank the community members that lent resources to the fire department during the night time ferry outage in July. 

New Business: Chief Snell has asked the District 17 Fire Commissioners if a credit card can be issued to the District 17 Mechanic for purchases, as needed for the Department. Commissioner Crawford made a motion to provide the District 17 mechanic with a credit card for purchases needed for the Department. Purchases made on this credit card will be limited to $500. Charge totals above $500 will be approved by the fire chief or a District 17 commissioner.  Commissioner Murphy seconded the motion. This will be resolution 428.

The next resolution will be 431.

The next regular meeting will be October 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Fire Hall. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 PM.


Submitted by Eric Kankaala, Secretary



Skagit County Fire District 17



ADOPTED - Mission / Vision / Values Statement

August 2020 Chief's Report

September 2020 Budget Report