RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ADAMS COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
JANUARY 23, 2019
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Adams County Fire Protection District was held at the District’s Administration Office, 8055 N. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80229, commencing at 6:00 p.m.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
- Jerry Marchese President/Chairman
- Ken Ciancio Vice President
- Gene Brienza Treasurer
- Anthony Spano Secretary
- Joe Domenico Assistant Secretary
- Patrick Laurienti Fire Chief
- Mike Ramos Deputy Fire Chief of Operations
- Sandy Danne Executive Administrative Assistant
- Dino Ross District Legal Counsel
Secretary Spano stated that, the meeting having been duly posted, and a quorum being present, the Board is ready to conduct business.
ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA: None.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
Chairman Marchese called for a moment of silence for the eighty-one fallen firefighters to date in 2018.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Chairman Marchese led those present in the pledge of allegiance.
PUBLIC COMMENTS (AGENDA ITEMS ONLY): None
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES:
Secretary Spano made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 19, 2018, regular Board meeting, as presented in the Board packet. Treasurer Brienza seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Asst. Secretary Domenico made a motion to approve the December financials, as presented in the Board packet. Secretary Spano seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Executive Administrative Assistant Danne read a “thank-you” from the George Mazzotti family for the flowers and support the District gave to the family during George Mazzotti’s funeral.
CONSIDER AND POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF REVISED BILL OF SALE OF HYDRANT FOR NORTH PECOS WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT:
Chief Laurienti and Attorney Ross advised the Board that Chief Staff and legal counsel had worked with the staff for North Pecos Water and Sanitation District (“North Pecos”) to make some recommended changes to North Pecos’ template Fire Hydrant Bill of Sale in order the make it more appropriate for the District to sign. The District Board approved the modified template Bill of Sale at the December meeting. Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication with North Pecos’ staff on one change to the template and North Pecos refused to accept the revised Bill of Sale. Further, once North Pecos’ attorney got involved, he insisted that North Pecos’ “rules” prohibited any modifications to the template Bill of Sale. Attorney Kelley Duke worked with the attorney for North Pecos to get a few changes to the template, which are reflected in the new version of the Fire Hydrant Bill of Sale that the Board is being asked to approve tonight. The bottom line is that the District must convey the fire hydrant to North Pecos if it wants to receive services from North Pecos.
Following Board discussion, Secretary Spano made a motion to approve the revised Bill of Sale of Hydrant to North Pecos Water and Sanitation District. Vice President Ciancio seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
APPROVE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE 2018 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE WITH LOCAL AMENDMENTS, AS ADOPTED BY ADAMS COUNTY, COLORADO.:
Chief Laurienti stated that Adams County has adopted the 2018 Edition of the International Fire Code. Attorney Ross noted that the proposed Resolution is virtually identical to the Resolution the Board adopted several years ago, when the County adopted the 2012 version of the International Fire Code. Under the Colorado Special District Act, the District can only enforce the fire code adopted by the County within the unincorporated portions of the District’s jurisdiction.
Following Board discussion, Secretary Spano made a motion to approve the Resolution adopting the 2018 Edition of the International Fire Code with Local Amendments, as adopted by Adams County, Colorado. Vice President Ciancio seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
REVIEW OF PROPOSED INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR THE REORGANIZATION OF ADAMS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER (ADCOM):
Attorney Ross handed out the proposed intergovernmental agreement for the reorganization of Adams County Communications Center (ADCOM). He provided an overview of the history and purpose of the re-organization, and asked the Board to review the documents over the next week and let him know if they have any concerns. He anticipates that the Board will be asked to approve the documents at its February meeting.
Chief Laurienti reviewed his written report and stated he had nothing new to add to the report included in the Board Packet.
The Board had no questions for Chief Laurienti.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF OPERATIONS:
Deputy Chief of Operations Ramos reviewed his written report and stated he had nothing new to add to the report included in the Board Packet.
The Board had no questions for Deputy Chief of Operations Ramos.
Attorney Ross reviewed his written report and stated he had nothing new to add to the report included in the Board Packet.
Attorney Ross reviewed the current statutory options for the District’s code compliance officers to carry weapons while performing code compliance duties. Attorney Ross stated that the only statutory provision that comes close to meeting the District’s needs is the provision that makes arson investigators “peace officers” while engaging in investigations of arson and related laws. Unfortunately, that language is not broad enough to cover fire code compliance activities. Board discussion followed. It was the consensus of the Board to authorize Chief Laurienti and Attorney Ross to explore the possibility of introducing legislation to the Colorado Legislature this legislative session to expand the definition of arson investigator to include code compliance officers.
Attorney Ross handed out his firm’s first legislature tracker for the 2019 Colorado Legislative session and reviewed some of the bills.
The Board had no questions for Attorney Ross.
- Treasurer Brienza: Nothing to report.
- Secretary Spano: Nothing to report.
- President Marchese: Nothing to report.
- Asst. Secretary Domenico: Nothing to report.
- Vice-President Ken Ciancio: Nothing to report.
Secretary Spano made a motion to go into Executive Session, pursuant to C.R.S. §24-6-402(4)(b), (e), and (f) to discuss and receive advice of legal counsel on the Denver Mart Re-development and personnel issues. Asst. Secretary Domenico seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Attorney Ross certified for the record that the Executive Session would constitute privileged attorney-client communications and would not be recorded. The Board went into Executive Session at 7:19 p.m.
Secretary Spano made a motion to come out of Executive Session. Asst. Secretary Domenico seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The Board came out of Executive Session at 7:58 p.m.
With no further business to come before the Board, Secretary Spano made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Asst. Secretary Domenico seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:59 p.m.