It seems impossible for LMRFD to produce accurate minutes.
The LMRFD fire board meeting, as usual, started with Charlotte Kiffer pointing out mistakes in the minutes and corrections that had to be made.
Can’t a board member proof the minutes and email with corrections to be made BEFORE the meeting? They always sit there READING docs at the meetings.
It was later addressed that docs are submitted to them on Friday or Monday just before the meeting and changes will be made to allow the board members to be better prepared.
Eric Terrill motioned to vote to approve the minutes AFTER the corrections had been made, next month because NOTHING is ever done RIGHT.
Apparently Charlotte was asking for a reason, as she later requested an executive session to discuss staff issues after pointing out the constant problems with the minutes and mistakes NOT being corrected as indicated in the meetings and not all items being added to the agenda.
According to the chief, they printed the old version and the changes were actually made. Shit happens everywhere, but at LMRFD that’s just how they do business.
Incredibly, they have to consult with the lawyer about scheduling this executive meeting, wasting MORE money on legal fees.
Charlotte Kiffer asked about year to date income, expenses and budgets.
The accountant also attended the meeting and Charlotte had quite a few questions for him.
LMRFD apparently hired an administrative assistant who has been on medical leave for a long long time. Finally they contracted with a temp agency for 750 hrs and now Victoria has been helping out.
So far, they paid almost $4,000 for 120 hours. That’s $33.33 per hour. For WHAT?
For legal expenses, they budgeted $10k/year and it’s almost all used up.
The accountant didn’t have all the info right there and strangely, NONE of the board members ever submit these questions ahead of time to him. It’s always putting people on the spot, nobody has time to research. Chaos.
46 EMS calls, 29 transports and 17 refusals. There is no pay to LMRFD unless actual stabilization, nothing for checking vitals and hand holding.
All calls: 74. I’m assuming that means 18 calls for fires or other incidents requiring a fire truck.
8 calls in the Meadview area, 3 to the same address.
A complaint stating that a call on 93 had been refused by LMRFD had been investigated, but it was determined that LMRFD did nothing wrong.
Apparently LMRFD utilizes a fuel yard (18 cents less at Maverick) by the school, but they need to get fuel at the Meadview Gas n Grub for the fire trucks up here and the ambulances have to be able to refuel while out on multiple runs.
The fuel yard is used by KUSD, the County and all sorts of organization and Director Terrill had a number of questions regarding accounting and possible fuel theft.
The logs for the individual trucks are in the vehicles and the chief has stacks of papers. They will now keep track on a new piece of paper to account for all fuel used from the fuel yard.
The fuel card is from Voyager:
Strangely, they charge a FEE for the purchases, the chief didn’t know how much, but he thought less than 3%. I get a 2% cash back bonus, but it’s not a Visa / MC and I suppose they provide some service. Couldn’t find ANY info about fees at the website, it’s NOT a consumer card.
The tax increase
According to Charlotte, they paid “big bucks” for getting the tax increase on the ballot and pamphlet, but now people got their ballots, but have no pamphlet as it was supposed to be mailed separately. The chief will look into it.
Of course THAT is what the administrative assistant should be doing and I have NO idea why the district has to suffer while waiting for someone on leave for years?
The door at the MCA was locked again!
The meeting was disrupted by someone knocking on the door as AGAIN it was locked. I just requested that this issue be put on the agenda for the next monthly meeting.
Not only is it legally required that meetings be open to the public, but I’ve had my hat stolen at the MCA when they locked me out! I had knocked too, but nobody opened the door.
Two people had left early, one was Gladys Burk and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if she kicked out the wedge that kept the door open. You can read on Facebook how she killed off a community pot luck at the MCA:
Evil people and liars run Meadview!
2018 fire board meetings will be on the 4th Monday of the month.
The accounting report is always provided at or close to the meeting date. Bobby Porzio suggested to wait until after the New Year so that we don’t have to reschedule the Thanksgiving and Christmas meetings.
Items missing from the Agenda
Discussion of the agenda being incomplete and clearly the chief is overworked, as he talked about how he does the agenda. I suppose Victoria (the temp) is not helping with that and he really needs the administrative assistant.
Ed Bennett applied for the board vacancy
Since Steve Berg resigned nobody had wanted the job. It’s a thankless job and doesn’t pay a dime (Idiotic state law). And that’s SO wrong, how can you expect competent people to work 20 hours/week for nothing? I don’t think our board members spend a lot of time on LMRFD aside from meetings and that’s why it’s FUBAR.
Sometimes you get what you pay for.
Another COMPLAINT — ambulance was sent to wrong address
During the call to the public, a resident complained because an 85-year-old man on oxygen fell at the Meadview Dollar store. The ambulance was delayed by 10 to 15 minutes because 911 apparently told them to go to the Dollar store in Dolan Springs.
The resident stated that he stood next to the employee who called 911 from her cell and she TWICE stated that it was Meadview.
The chief will investigate, review the dispatch tapes and report back. One more thing for him to do …
Notably, the injured old man refused to go to the hospital because last time he had to pay for a $300 cab ride back home. The chief then said that it’s a common issue and even people on their death bed refuse to be transported because they don’t want to get any bills.
Earlier it they had discussed that ambulance revenue is down and the accountant said that’s a statewide issue, but nobody knows why.
It’s so unfortunate that our President is so incredibly DUMB, he’s destroying Obamacare. If we’re very lucky, the state will do “something” to keep AHCCCS going. If not, just wait to see what happens to the LMRFD ambulance revenue when people don’t have insurance anymore. Trump knows how to bankrupt corporations and now his idiotic policies may eventually bankrupt LMRFD.
One thing’s for sure, KRMC is going to be in serious trouble without Obamacare, more and more people will move away and our BOS does absolutely NOTHING.
I’m going to have to contact some AZ legislators about changing the law to allow for separating fire districts. If LMRFD could get rid of Meadview, a giant drag on the budget and only adding to the already unmanageable work load, it would have a much better chance of surviving.
And Meadview could look into doing it’s on thing again — just have to make sure the Meadview Morons (cliques) don’t get involved.
Lastly, Ellen complained about missing minutes at the website, apparently June is still missing, I remember trying to look up the date of a meeting and couldn’t find the minutes. Other times pages have been missing.