Mecosta Austin Fire Board


July 21, 2010 7:00 PM


The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by Chairman John Boyd.


Pledge to the flag was given.


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


Additions to the Agenda – None


Approval of Agenda – Phil Hanford  moved that the Agenda be approved.  Supported by Elizabeth Carr.  Motion carried.


Approval of Minutes – Phil Hanford  moved the minutes be approved as corrected.  Supported by Arturo Pierera.  Motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Elizabeth Carr explained the transfers that were made from the Fire Department and First Responder’s Independent Bank accounts and was put into the First Responder’s Chemical Bank account for capital outlay. 


Firemen Checking $56,986.76– Firemen Fund $949.97   Independent Bank $10,131.83   Total Assets $68,068.56.  As of June 30, 2010.


First Responders Checking $18,538.32   Independent Bank $108.04   Total Assets $18,646.36.   As of June 30, 2010.  (Includes capital outlay for new first responder truck – Austin Twp. $10,500.00, Fire Department Independent Bank CD funds $7,682.00 and First Responders Independent Bank CD funds $5,000.00)


John Boyd said the report would be accepted as presented.


Old Business

ISO Update – No report


High Speed Internet – They keep making contacts with various companies.  Elizabeth Carr will see if WildBlue would be available for the Fire Department and get pricing.  This was tabled for next meeting.


First Responders Rescue Truck – Phil Hanford reported that the first opportunity to order will be in 10-12 weeks, so we are still 6-8 weeks out yet. 10 percent of the cost for the box has been sent out.   The testing of the new engine model has not been completed to satisfaction.


Billing Policy – Tabled since there is no interest via joint meeting of townships.  Legal question is who could be billed.  Phil Hanford will look into this.


Transfer of funds for First Responder  Rescue Truck  – Phil Hanford moved to approve the transaction.  Supported by Arturo Pierera.  Roll Call:  John Boyd, yea; Arturo Pierera, yea; Phil Hanford, yea; Elizabeth Carr, yea.  Carried.


New Business


Insurance Representatives – Since there were no insurance representatives present and no proposals sent prior to the meeting, Arturo Pierera made the motion to continue with Western for Provident Health and Accident for quarterly cost of $2,361.00.  Supported by Elizabeth Carr.  Roll Call:  John Boyd, yea; Arturo Pierera, yea; Phil Hanford, yea; Elizabeth Carr, yea.  Carried.


Fire Chief’s Report – See report.  Phil Hanford has sent pictures and correspondence to Consumers about trucks in front of dry hydrant.  Representative from Consumers was happy with the information.


Safety Report – See report.  Ron Palmer was not present so Mike Owen gave the report.


Maintenance Report – Repaired the air conditioner on Engine 3-12.  See report.


First Responders Report – Alan gave copies of the run log.  September classes for MFR will cost $425.00.  County EMS backboards were $100 a board and will be billed for in two bimonthly payments ($815.52).  The county $3,500.00 second installment should be here.  All agreed a good job being done by this.  Need to make a historical letter to give to Ice Mountain about possible money for new truck.


Brief Public Comment – Phil Hanford questioned about the siren update.  February they should have narrow band.


Announcements – None


Correspondence – Details of audit will be coming in September.


The next meeting will be September 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall.


Adjournment - At 8:13 p.m. John Boyd declared the meeting closed.


Submitted by,




Helen Burden, Deputy Treasurer for

Carolyn Towsley, Secretary