7/23/18 next LMRFD board meeting

The next meeting is 7/23/18 at the Dolan Springs Chamber of Commerce, presumably at 1:30 pm, but the time is omitted in the minutes.

Chief DeMaio and chairwoman Cass entirely IGNORED my 6/10/18 request for various items to be added to the agenda. They didn’t even acknowledge my email.

So I just wrote:

Dear Chief DeMaio and Chairwoman Cass:

On 6/10/18 I wrote:

“So I am asking you to put the following items on the agenda for the next board meeting:”


Exactly WHAT do I need to do to get something on the agenda and to get a response to my emails?

Cash? Gifts? WHAT?

Or do you ONLY respond to formal complaints like Jay Fleming’s or to a summons?

Christine Baker


The nerve to want to annex all of Meadview (including MY property) while showing NOTHING but contempt for the public.  And not only contempt for the public, but also for board members.   Charlotte Kiffer has REPEATEDLY asked for corrected minutes to be provided in a timely manner for review (since Karen is the most useless administrative assistant and often just can’t get it right.)
The last meeting was nightmarish again.

From the 6/25/18 minutes:

2018-6-25 LMRFD minutes excerpt
6/25/18 LMRFD minutes excerpt

So, it’s now July and the APRIL minutes have yet to be approved.

I don’t know how Charlotte can stand it.
I don’t know why the other board members are not upset about this BS.

Theodora Kloeppen just volunteered for the vacant board position after Rick Sherwood resigned and I hope she’ll kick some ass and support Carlotte in her efforts to bring some reason to the madness at LMRFD.

I really don’t know why they don’t fire the chief, who is apparently for whatever reasons not capable of firing Karen Jackson.  There have been a gazillion executive sessions regarding the administrative assistant position, but nothing ever changes.

The icing on the cake, Karen Jackson actually backdates the minutes to avoid violating the AZ Open Meeting Laws:

Backdated 6/25/18 minutes
Screenshot of the backdated 6/25/18 LMRFD DRAFT minutes

In fact, Karen Jackson did not send the minutes out for posting until 7/16/18.

From the Arizona Open Meeting Laws

The minutes or a recording of the public session must be open for public inspection no
later than three working days after the meeting, except as otherwise provided in the
statute. A.R.S. § 38-431.01(D).

It’s one thing to be late with the minutes, but it’s much more serious to BACKDATE the minutes to make it look like LMRFD complies with the law.
And since this attempt to cover up violations of the Open Meeting Law is NOT an isolated incident, but minutes are routinely posted late, it’s about time to submit a formal complaint.
I would like to see CRIMINAL charges for trying to cover up these Open Meeting Law violations.

I wish my day had at least a hundred hours.

2 Responses to 7/23/18 next LMRFD board meeting

  1. Mohave County people have no right telling people what they can build on their own private property. This is corruption and must stop and we need to change the laws. The next thing they will do is tell people they need a real fire department then after the people vote it down they’ll come up with some law that happened in Baldwin Lake California where they needed the people needed 50% + 1 of no votes. That’s right no votes not yes votes and the voluntary fire department is now supposedly a legitimate one and the people got the bill cram down their throats and a tax increase on their property tax bill there was nothing they could do about it. I called Feinstein and let her know of this happening they said it’s a local matter I called the county I even called Washington everyone said it’s a local matter. And so that is what it’s creeping out here to Arizona. The last letter they sent the people said nothing about a tax increase it was worded so unfair and was so blatant corruption another thing is only 25% of the people live in their homes the rest were vacationers. I have nothing against the fireman. But the fireman’s pensions are huge and unfair as the taxpayer pays for it. Fire departments pensions are so huge they use the money to implement laws. And those laws take away the freedom and the rights of people to build on their land what they see fit how can we stop this Injustice? One more time. That’s right you come up with 50% plus one of no votes or automatically you will get on your tax bill $150 increase and if you don’t pay your tax bill you know they get to take your land.

  2. Ted, the rules for AZ fire districts are different, you need YES votes. But we do have a similar problem out here with most property owners NOT living here.

    I actually don’t know for sure whether people who do not live here have the right to vote. I would hope so. Since most properties are vacant land, I hope that there is no chance of annexing the rest of Meadview (including myself) into the fire district.

    I’d prefer to have an all new district that focuses heavily on medical services. The ratio of medical v. fire services must be about 1000 / 1. We need a few volunteers that can contain a fire once every couple years and otherwise help with traffic control and assisting people after accidents. 99% of what we need is EMT and nurses.

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