Mecosta Austin Fire Board


January 19, 2011


The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Chairman John Boyd.


Pledge to the flag was given.


Roll Call: John Boyd; Greg Babbitt; Phil Hanford; Elizabeth G. Carr; and Carolyn Towsley. Absent -. Arturo Pierera


Additions to the Agenda – Under Old Business  6) Physicals and New Business: 5) Newaygo County Mutual Aid Request.


Approval of Agenda – Phil Hanford moved that the Agenda be approved as amended.  Supported by Greg Babbitt.  Motion carried.


Approval of Minutes – Greg Babbitt moved the minutes be approved with correction of Greg Boyd to Greg Babbitt under approval of bills.  Supported by Phil Hanford.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Elizabeth Carr reviewed the Balance Sheets and Profit & Loss Budget vs Actual reports for the Fire Department and First Responders.  Both departments need to review these reports to prepare for next year’s budget.


Firemen Checking $17,787.71– Firemen Fund $967.97   Independent Bank $10,147.63   Total Assets $27,935.34.  As of January 19, 2011.  .State of Michigan payment will be coming of $846.85 and $50.00 for new checks.


First Responders Checking $9,050.67   Independent Bank $113.40   Total Assets $10,086.85.   As of January 19, 2011.


John Boyd said the report would be accepted as presented.


Bills were checks #4399-4400 for Firemen Fund and State of Michigan wage taxes and new checks; #1202 plus Car Quest bill for oxygen of $21.95 for First Responders.  Greg Babbitt  moved to approve the bills.  Phil Hanford  seconded.  Roll Call: John Boyd Yes; Greg Babbitt Yes; Phil Hanford Yes; Elizabeth Carr Yes; and Carolyn Towsley Yes.  Motion carried.


Public Comment – None.


Old Business

ISO Update – Insurance policies should start being reduced by March 1.  Our 7/10 split rating means that those five road miles from the station receive a 7 rating.  Several questions are being gathered to discuss with the ISO representative to get more clarification on their rating determination and how to use this report and the answers as a stepping stone for another test in the future.


High Speed Internet Update –Nothing new.  Still looking to see what options may come available later this year.  Possibilities may be with Tucker or Frontier.  We will pay another 3 months with Net Port.  This issue is tabled for March.


Tanker Truck Status – Discussed several options that are available.  Phil Hanford made the motion for the Fire Department to stay on course and wait for what they were originally looking for, a 6 x 6.  Elizabeth Carr seconded.  Motion carried.


Resolution for Payment and Approval of Bills   Carolyn Towsley had put a proposed Resolution together to cover this issue.  Phil Hanford had language from Michigan Township Association on pre-approved township bills.  It was determined to have Carolyn use the language from the Michigan Township Association and to draft a new Resolution for approval at the March Board meeting.


New Sign – The sign and plaque should be completed by the end of February.  TransCanada wants to do a dedication after everything is completed.


Physicals – Fit tests have been completed.  Discussed how to get detailed physicals completed and how much they will cost.  Quotes will be obtained from Occupational Wellness, BioCare and others to get some firm prices in order to set them in next year’s budget.






New Business

Fire Chief’s Report – A DNR 50/50 matching grant has been approved.  Waiting for check to be received.  It is $4,250/$4,250 for skid unit and gear.  The grant we applied for was to cover wild fire gear and skid unit.  Everything was approved and included in the grant. 


March 2 all radios will be upgraded to narrow band which will cost $400 and 20 pagers at $7.50 each.


Safety Report – There have been no reported injuries.  Training was conducted on ladder training, appliance, SCBA training, and proper procedure for entering and exiting with fire apparatus.


Maintenance Report – Yearly maintenance will begin next week.  All equipment is fully functional.


First Responders Report No reported injuries.  Training was conducted on removing a patient from embankment using stokes basket and ropes.


Newaygo County Mutual Aid – The Mutual Aid Agreement will benefit our County if we sign it.  All calls will not be automatic.  Our service will be requested if needed.  There is nothing different than what we are currently doing.  If there is a Haz-Mat spill in Newaygo County and we are requested to assist, we can be reimbursed for our services.  Carolyn Towsley made the motion to have Marv Bell sign the Mutual Aid Agreement with Newaygo County.  Phil Hanford seconded.  Roll Call:  John Boyd Yes; Greg Babbitt Yes; Phil Hanford Yes; Elizabeth Carr Yes; and Carolyn Towsley Yes.  Motion carried.


Brief Public Comment – Notice that employers must post Summary of Work-Related injuries and illness for three months..  John Boyd has information on fire grants.  When the Fire Department was reminded to be sure they call Holton’s for a top off on their tank in March, it was suggested that we look into the possibility of buying our own tank so that we make take advantage of other companies with lower prices. 


Announcements – Joint Township meeting will be tomorrow night, January 20, at Austin Township at 7:00 p.m.


Correspondence   Thank yous were received from the Tiger Scouts for their recent tour of the fire hall..


The next meeting will be March 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall.


Adjournment - At 8:45 p.m. John Boyd declared the meeting closed.


Submitted by,




Carolyn Towsley, Secretary