Logo, Old Salem Fire & Rescue - Fire Department

Fax 706-453-4699 
4720 Carey Station Road
Greensboro, GA 30642

Old Salem Fire Rescue, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2018

Attendance:   Buddy Watts, Jeff Harden, Jack Horn, Bill Kelly, Jack Elder, Dave Vickery, and Joann McDade, present. 

Call to Order:  Buddy Watts, President, called the meeting to order at 5:00pm.  No one signed in to address the Board.

December 19, 2017 Meeting Minutes:    The minutes of the December 19th meeting were summarized by Bill Kelly at the meeting.  Jack Elder motioned to approve the minutes and was seconded by Jack Horn.  Buddy Watts, Jack Horn, Joann McDade, Bill Kelly, Jeff Harden, Jack Elder and Dave Vickery, voted to approve. None opposed. The minutes were approved as written.

Treasurers Report:  Jack Horn provided the current financial report and stated that the spreadsheets had been simplified for clarity.  He stated that Wanda will provide a separate accounting for the Station 92 build-out.  He stated that Revenue is heavily front loaded in the budget year and is increased from years past.  SPLOST funding was discussed.  Jeff Harden asked about funding for a new engine.  After brief discussion, Buddy Watts tabled the issue and asked that it be placed on the March agenda for discussion and possible action.    

Chief’s Report:  Chief Harrison stated that calls for December were 37 total and remain up.  He stated that Mutual Aid calls are also up.   Chief Harrison reported that a house fire on Pine Grove in Reynolds early in the month started as a chimney fire and was a total loss.  He stated that response was delayed as the owners searched for the fire and due to 911 call initially sent to Putnam County based on cell tower signal.  Other factors that caused obstacles were 18 degree temperatures which caused hoses to freeze. He stated that a chimney fire in The Landing was successfully extinguished with minimal loss this month.  Chief Harrison stated that there have been six structure fires since January 1st.

Discussion and consideration of the status and update of Station 92 Build-out:   Chief Harrison reported that Station 92 is almost complete but has been delayed by difficulty with Piedmont Water on the sewer hookup.  Assistance has been sought from Reynolds and hopefully the issue will be resolved soon.  Chief Harrison reported that staffing has increased from 19 to 40 during his tenure as chief.  He stated that he will be asking for 8 – 10 new sets of turn out gear due to increased staffing and manning of Station 92.  SPLOST funds will be used.  He stated that the conversion of the service truck to a rescue squad as reported last month will actually cost $6560.  Leer of Conyers will do the conversion and a metal pull out will be added.  He stated that this expense should be SPLOST eligible.  Chief Harrison stated that he is still working on the generator for Station 91.  He reported that the Excelsior contract has been renewed by Good Samaritan and they may bring in an additional day truck which will increase rent.  He stated that rescue 9 will be located at Station 92 and the station will serve from Linger Longer @ Hwy. 44 inward into Reynolds.  Dave Vickery reported that the new Cancer insurance will be in place on January 14th and will cost $200 per firefighter.    

Public Comment:  No one signed in to address the Board.

Executive Session:  Buddy Watts stated that an Executive Session was needed to discuss a personnel matter.  Jack Horn made a motion to go into Executive Session.  Jack Elder seconded. The Executive Session ended at 6:50 with no action taken. 

Meeting Adjourned:  Having no further issues before the Board, the meeting was adjourned by Buddy Watts, President, at 6:51 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

William Kelly, Secretary