Apparently our LMRFD (Lake Mohave Rancho Fire District) fire board is incapable of checking the calendar for holidays on the regular meeting date. There was much confusion about this week’s meeting and I’m lucky I got 24 hours notice after I had inquired so I could attend and record the meeting.
The new administrative assistant Karen used to work for the GV fire district and supposedly she maintained their website, but I don’t know whether it runs on WordPress as LMRFD.
They’re aware that the website is not working properly right and you can’t get to the old minutes and agendas.
Currently only the agenda for yesterday’s meeting shows up. I suspect that’s a problem with the plugin and I have no idea WHY they are using a plugin that can only cause problems instead of just a basic page to post the pdfs.
Karen can simply create a new page titled “Agendas and Minutes”, link to the existing files (media) and then UPLOAD the new pdf files on this page. It couldn’t be any easier, you can arrange the pdfs any way you like, but of course they should be in chronological order with the latest document on the top.
Then she needs to change in the link in the menu to the new page and that’s it!
The defunct email list for LMRFD important info such as board meetings.
Apparently the previous administrative assistant Nancy walked off the job and left no instructions, so Karen didn’t even know that there an email list for meeting info exists. And I really don’t understand why the board didn’t pay Ellen a few bucks to get Karen started, after all, Ellen was there for many years. Did she move away? Is she no longer reachable?
Of course at this point it would be much better if Karen simply added a BLOG SUBSCRIPTION plugin as you can see at the top right on this page (JetPack does it). This way it’s NO WORK for Karen to add and delete people and all she needs to do is POST on the front page about any events, meetings, etc. and ANYONE can subscribe and unsubscribe without one second of work for LMRFD. That’s how it SHOULD be done, with NEWS about meetings and other issues on the front page.
Karen needs to UPDATE the WordPress installation and plugins as needed so it doesn’t get hacked again and everything continues to work as it should.
Karen should also install a SECURITY plugin (I’m using several), most are free, but I actually pay for a premium version with automatic backup prior to all updates. So if there’s a compatibility problem, you can quickly roll back and you don’t have to spend umpteen hours trying to fix it.
And of course the site needs to be BACKED UP daily, again, a plugin does that for me.
I’m going to send the link to this post to Karen and I’ll be happy to have a look and show her how to do this if she has any questions (no charge.)
The LMRFD.org website also provides all kinds of false information on the front page such as:
… We have 2 stations that are fully staffed under normal conditions. …
That’s a blatant lie and it needs to get fixed. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen!
People considering moving to or living in Meadview should NOT be mislead into believing that we have a functional fire and ambulance service here.
Meadview does NOT have a properly staffed fire station, it has no ambulance service and it will NEVER have these services unless all of Meadview joins the fire district. Currently only a small portion of Meadview is in the fire district and Meadview simply does NOT pay enough into the district to pay for proper staffing and equipment. It costs about $70,000/year for ONE fire fighter. AT BEST, there’s currently one guy in Meadview (don’t know about EMT), but the station is actually closed about half the time.
I highly recommend NOT joining the fire district unless EVERYBODY joins because quite likely there will NEVER be enough money to properly staff the Meadview station — the board has done absolutely NOTHING to get all of Meadview annexed.
You might have heard that a helicopter will be in Meadview in half an hour, but that’s a BEST case scenario. They get busy and guess what … they don’t fly in bad weather — such as after last week’s shooting. The ambulance is at least 45 minutes away and it can take several hours if they’re on a call already.
Be aware BEFORE you move to Meadview!
Issues addressed at the fire board meeting yesterday.
The board approved the purchase of 3 computers and getting a small office network installed.
They enjoyed the workshops last week in Laughlin and learned about their duties and responsibilities. Yes, they CAN be held personally liable for mismanagement. Just wait until someone dies because they relied on the false info at the LMRFD website.
The board discussed a “thank you” lunch for the people who paid their property taxes early last fall.
Most of that money actually came from the Mt. Tipton Water Company ($40,000?) and the board decided to invite everybody. Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of food I would eat (hot dogs and burgers with crappy bread, full of GMOs, Roundup glyphosate, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones and countless toxins — not what I call food and I wouldn’t allow it in my compost).
Sadly, the board doesn’t even get that this is an opportunity to promote subscriptions in Meadview and maybe more important, to provide to the public an HONEST assessment of the dire Meadview situation.
Unfortunately, the new board is the same as the old board and just like our board of supervisors, they have no vision …
I told the fire board at previous meetings about the PILT funds and that they need to offer subscriptions again.
They’ve done absolutely NOTHING to increase the district’s income. There’s NO WAY that I will join this district because once you join, your property can’t get out and you’ll LOWER your property value. Many of the people moving here are RETIRING and live on a budget. The fire district tax is based on a percentage of your property value.
Why pay for nothing and lower your property value?
And to all who think that if you want fire and ambulance services you need to move to the city:
In 2006 I moved and I decided to stay in Meadview because things were GOOD!
We had the Meadview Grapevine Mesa Fire District with Tom Little as fire chief.
We had MANY volunteers. We had FANTASTIC response times.
You can thank Steve Berg (current fire board chairman) and Suzann Newell (COM, Meadview clique) for ousting Little and bankrupting the Meadview fire district. Steve Berg became the fire chief and they promptly ran our wonderful Grapevine Mesa Fire District into insolvency, resulting in the consolidation with the Dolan Springs LMRFD. I’m sure that this consolidation also impacted negatively on LMRFD as Meadview never paid for its share of services. Nobody ever talked about the fact that LMRFD fully staffed the Meadview station despite the lack of Meadview tax revenue until they were BROKE. Imbeciles in charge … again and again and again.
We had GREAT fire and medical services until the Meadview clique destroyed our services. There’s no need to move to the city, we’ve had excellent services right here.
That residents elected Steve Berg to the current board is just unbelievable.
How did THAT happen?
The corrupt Meadview COM board, the so-called “community” organization, was at all times fully behind the destruction of Grapevine Mesa and most recently ENDORSED Steve Berg at the public COM meeting in Meadview prior to the fire board election in spring. COM doesn’t allow video recording, would love to post that video.
Questioning the candidates was also PROHIBITED at the COM meetings as I sure would have liked to tell all in attendance to know what’s going on and see what Steve Berg has to say to all in attendance. COM protects the members of its clique and desperately tries to hide the truth.
Sadly, the Dolan Springs Community Counsel is operating just like COM. No public forum for candidates, no hard questions. Allegations of fraud (checks signed by dead people), etc. etc. etc.
Comments by the Meadview COM and the Dolan Council are welcome!
The new fire board is the same as the old board.
The community organizations are corrupt. Nobody has a VISION! And what do you expect?
The fire board members don’t get paid!
It’s obviously too much to expect that VOLUNTEERS spend their time THINKING, RESEARCHING and PROBLEM SOLVING.
Between the corrupt community organizations and most residents not caring one way or another, we are DOOMED.
If I had known that Meadview would turn into the dying town it is now I would have moved FAR away in 2006.
There were times when I wished that I had moved to Dolan, but I realized over the last year that it’s just as bad. Is it like that everywhere?
I suppose it makes sense that the most corrupt people and organizations have the most influence, just like in DC.
Well, this post got a lot longer than planned and I’ll ask Karen to bring it to the attention of the board members for comments.
I’ve already asked Steve Berg repeatedly for his statement regarding my allegations, but his refusal to address the issues at Grapevine Mesa speaks for itself. Got something to say Steve? Is there ANYTHING incorrect?
Please let me know as I want my publications to be 100% true.