4720 Carey Station Road
Greensboro, GA 30642
Old Salem Fire Rescue, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
January 10, 2017
Call to Order: Buddy Watts, President, called the meeting to order at 5:00pm. No one signed in to address the Board.
President’s Remarks: Buddy Watts commented on the recent email sent out by Chief Harrison concerning recent thefts in the area involving Lake Oconee Academy, and St Mary's Hospital. Buddy asked the Board to review our strategic plan and start thinking about what we want the Fire Department to look like in 2020. This topic will be a discussion item for the February meeting. Buddy advised the Board that the Volunteer Firefighter (VF) era is coming to an end as our number of VF is very low. The Department must go to all Full Time Firefighters in the future. Buddy advised that the Chief and himself will be exploring this option of going to full time Fire Department. Jackson County, Ga., has a Community and Fire Department similar to ours and he and the Chief plan on visiting the Fire Department to review their operation and how they operate as a full time department. Buddy thanked Bill Kelly for covering for Jeff in his absence.
Roll Call: Buddy Watts, Jack Horn, Jack Elder, William Kelly, Geri Riegel, Jeff Harden and Dave Vickery, Chief Jay Harrison and Deputy Chief Daniels were present.
December 13, 2016 Meeting Minutes: The minutes of the December 13 meeting were summarized by Jeff at the meeting. Buddy Watts, Geri Riegel, Jeff Harden, Jack Horn, William Kelly, Dave Vickery, and Jack Elder voted to approve. None opposed. The minutes were approved without changes.
Treasurers Report: Jack Horn covered the budget report. He advised that the budget is on track for FY funding. The correct amount for the rent from Excelsior EMT has been resolved and will be reflected in next month's budget report.
Chief’s Report: Chief Harrison covered the report on "Fire Calls" for the month of December 2016. and that the number of calls continues to trend higher each month.
Proposed Plan to Remodel Station 92, Builder and Builder Contract: Buddy stated that after the December meeting, the Board did a walkthrough of Station 92 to review the plans to remodel the building to house staff. Buddy asked the Board for a motion to approve the build out of Station 92. Geri made a motion to approve the build out of Station 92 as outlined during the walkthrough that will encompass two bays for living quarters. Discussion on the motion followed. Buddy advised that the contract received from T.J. Garnett Construction will be reviewed by our attorney for any additions or comments he may have. Dave asked that Geri's motion be amended to add the pending approval by our attorney. The motion before the Board is to approve the build out of Station 92 as outlined during the walkthrough that will encompass two bays for living quarters, pending the review of the Boards attorney. The motion allows for the contractor to start work immediately, with the understanding that the "Contract" must be reviewed by our attorney. The motioned was seconded by Jack Horn. Buddy Watts, Geri Riegel, Jeff Harden, Jack Horn, William Kelly, Dave Vickery, and Jack Elder voted to approve. None opposed. The motion carried.
Chief's Vehicle: Buddy advised the Chief's wife had acquired a vehicle that she would like to donate to OSFR. The vehicle, 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, will be outfitted to be used by the Chief in response to emergencies, and as deemed necessary by the Chief. In addition the vehicle will be licensed and insured by OSFR. The Chief's current vehicle will be relocated to Station 92 for use at that location. An agreement for the donation has been drawn and Buddy asked for a motion to accept the donated vehicle to OSFR. Dave made a motion to accept the vehicle as part of OSFR inventory, pending the approval of the Department's attorney. The motion was seconded by Jack Horn. Buddy Watts, Geri Riegel, Jeff Harden, Jack Horn, William Kelly, Dave Vickery, and Jack Elder voted to approve. None opposed. The motion carried.
Public Comments: No one signed in to address the Board.
Meeting Adjourned: Having no further issues before the Board, the meeting was adjourned by Buddy Watts, President, at 6:17 pm.
Jeff Harden, Recording Secretary