NORTH BANNOCK FIRE DISTRICT
NBFD FIRE STATION - 444 E Chubbuck Road
February 11, 2021
Meeting was opened by Commissioner Allen at 7:02 PM.
Roll call – Commissioner Roy Allen, Commissioner Alan Curtis, Commissioner Deb Shell, Fire Chief JR Farnsworth, Assistant Chief Mark Brood, Jim Devenney and Rich Foster from the Firefighters’ Association, Frank Nuding, Dykman realtor, and Kathy Jones, notary public. June Heilman, Secretary, by Zoom
A motion was made by Commissioner Allen and seconded by Commissioner Shell to approve the First Addendum to the Exclusive Option to Purchase Real Property Agreement. The motion passed unanimously. This addendum recognizes the fair market value of the property was $660,000 and the seller agreed to reduce the purchase price to $500,000 with $160,000 recognized as a donative gift. A notary public, Kathy Jones, was present to witness the signature of Commissioner Allen to the agreement. Commissioner Allen will go to the title company on February 12, 2021 to present the final payment and complete the transfer of the property. The final payment is $253,795.76. The $3,795.76 was for taxes.
A motion was made by Commissioner Curtis and seconded by Commissioner Allen to enter into a temporary rental agreement with Vickie Warner, the current renter of the house on the property. There is to be no rent required for the current month; the renter is to pay the water bill and obtain renter’s insurance. The motion passed unanimously. The water bill includes the water utilized by the fire station. A formal lease agreement will be prepared by the March meeting. The attorney Nathan Cuoio will be asked to review the agreement.
The following balances were reported by Alan Curtis:
ICCU checking account - $392,506.94
ICCU savings account - $40,081.35
ICCU credit card balance - 0
Connections Credit Union checking account - $96,884.89
Connections Credit Union savings account - $25.00
The payments to PERSI will be placed on autopay.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT
Chief Farnsworth reported there were 6 calls in January. One was a brush fire and 2 were EMS assists. Multiple bids were obtained for lights for Command 1. The Premier Vehicle’s quote of $4,265.40 was selected. The graphics are being designed with an approximate cost of $1,000. Tender 14 had the 8 rear tires replaced as they were worn past DOT specifications. Multiple grant requests have been submitted. Based on the recommendations of the turnout committee for the purchase of turnout gear with standard gear sizes, 13 sets of the Firedex FXC turnouts will be purchased.
Assistant Chief Brood reported there are 32 volunteer firefighters. There were 10 training sessions during January to assist those eligible to test for FF1 Certification. There is a class for new recruits. Normal drills are now being held.
FIREFIGHTERS’ ASSOCIATION REPORT
Jim Devenney presented the report. They have clarified the association’s nonprofit status and have started fundraising. They are having a spaghetti dinner on February 27th to raise funds for the family of one of the firefighters who was involved in a car crash. They have 2 fund raising projects. One is to sell t-shirts and the other is to sell street address signs which they will install. The main concern of the firefighters is their outdated turnouts. They believe the replacement of these turnouts should be a high priority for the district to ensure the protection of the firefighters. The commissioners discussed the issue and directed the fire chief to calculate the amount of money needed for the purchase of the turnouts.
A resolution ordering the special election on the question of authorizing a permanent tax levy override and the associated ballot language for the levy vote has been prepared by the attorneys. The commissioners have reviewed the resolution and language and provided their input. It will be sent to Jason Dixon, the county clerk, for his input. The resolution will be adopted at the next meeting.
Fort Hall has sent information regarding billing for the water rights with the change in property ownership. Commissioner Allen will handle the matter after discussion with Ron Dykman.
Commissioner Shell reported on the first meeting of the Outreach Committee. Commissioner Shell and the fire chief met with 3 others. There was a good discussion with multiple ideas presented. They recommend an open house in early May for fire district residents and a second letter to be sent out in midApril. A Power point presentation is being considered for the website and Facebook.
Commissioner Shell briefly discussed the 2 properties that could serve as a second station. No offer can be extended to either property owner unless the tax levy override passes. No further action will be taken for now.
Merrill & Merrill (attorney) $450.00
White Peterson (attorney) $245.00
ISFCA (annual membership fee) $325.38
L.N. Curtis (truck equipment/maintenance) $1,495.89
Commercial Tire (truck equipment) $527.05
Office Depot (office supplies) $133.13
Intermountain Gas (natural gas) $460.83
Sparklight (internet) $72.24
Idaho Power (electricity) $143.92
Eagle Mountain Flag (facility fixtures) `$88.80
Shell – Jackson’s (fuel) $254.67
Advance Auto (Shop supplies) $161.82
Jackson Lighting (shop supplies) -$22.34
Home Depot facilities maintenance) $8.18
Amazon (truck supplies) $29.90
First Net (phone) $16.52
Chief Farnsworth reported 15 firefighters have received the COVID-19 vaccination.
The next regular meeting will be March 11, 2021 at 7 PM.
June Heilman, Secretary
APPROVED at the MARCH 11, 2021 MEETING