RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ADAMS COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
September 25, 2019
A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Adams County Fire Protection District was held at the District’s Station 11, 1675 W. 69th Avenue, Denver, CO 80229, commencing at 6:00 p.m.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
- Jerry Marchese President/Chairman
- Ken Ciancio Vice President
- Anthony Spano Secretary
- Joe Domenico Treasurer
- Patrick Laurienti Fire Chief
- Stuart Sunderland Deputy Chief
- Troy Patterson Operations Chief
- Sandy Danne Administrative Assistant
- Dino Ross District Legal Counsel
- Gene Brienza Assistant Secretary
Secretary Spano made a motion to excuse Assistant Secretary Gene Brienza. Treasurer Domenico seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA: None.
Secretary Spano made a motion to approve the agenda. Treasurer Domenico second the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
MOMENT OF SILENCE:
Chairman Marchese called for a moment of silence for the thirty-seven fallen firefighters to date in 2019.
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 August 28, 2019, 2019, regular Board meeting, as presented in the Board packet. Treasurer Domenico Spano seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board reviewed the July financials. Treasurer Domenico made a motion to approve the July 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 student who did a ride-a-long with A Shift at Station 14.
Executive Administrative Assistant Danne read a “thank-you” email from the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) Fire Chief thanking District Firefighter Amelia Engelmann for participating in a CSFD training that is designed to introduce young women to the fire service.
Secretary Spano made a motion to go into Executive Session, pursuant to C.R.S. §24-6-402 (4)(b) and (f), to discuss and receive advice of legal counsel regarding personnel issues. Treasurer 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 6:42 p.m. Secretary Spano made a motion to come out of Executive Session. Treasurer Domenico seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The Board came out of Executive Session at 7:14 p.m.
CONSIDER POSSIBLE ENGAGEMENT OF NICOLE GARRIMONE-CAMPAGNA WITH GARFIELD & HECHT, P.C.AS SPECIAL COUNSEL ON MATTERS RELATING TO SOUTH ADAMS COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT:
Secretary Spano made a motion to approve the letter of Nicole Garrimone- Campagna with Garfield & Hecht, on matters relating to South Adams County Fire Protection District and authorize Chief Laurienti to sign the letter of engagement. Treasurer Domenico second the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
CONSIDER POSSIBLE EXTENSION OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE COLORADO DIVISION OF FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL REGARDING SHARING OF FIRE AND ARSON INVESTIGATION RESOURCES:
Treasurer Domenico made a motion to extend the memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control regarding sharing of the fire and arson investigation resources. Secretary Spano second the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Chief Laurienti reported that, in addition to his written report included in the Board packet, he worked with Adams County and was able to acquire another Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for station 11. Chief Laurienti reported that he is continuing work with the general contractor, Golden Triangle Construction, on adjusting the sidewalk, and Westminster School District. The school is closed October 28 and 29 so GTC will replace the sidewalk at that time. Chief Laurienti reported he spoke with Westminster School District and they have agreed to help with the cost since they had not paid any toward the sidewalk initially. Chief Laurienti reported that he and Deputy Chief Sunderland have prepared a message in regards to the merger and now that counsel has been retained, they have messages for both ACFR members and the citizens.
The Board had no questions for Chief Laurienti.
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT:
Deputy Chief of Administration Sunderland, in addition to his written report, reported that Medicare had come to the district and said they found an error in the amount of money they were paying for Medicare calls. EMS Chief Baldwin prepared paperwork and submitted the application that they had required and the fire district will be receiving approximately just under 1 million dollars. Next year the fire district will receive approximately 1500.00 per call Medicare call instead of the $150.00 they had been paying out.
Deputy Chief Sunderland reported that due to current circumstances he and Chief Laurienti approved the purchase of a vehicle for fire investigator and the arson dog and three additional inspection vehicle. These were budgeted for in 2020, but have been bumped up.
Deputy Chief Sunderland reported that with the moving of staff back to headquarters, there wasn’t enough room and therefore all of Prevention has moved to old station 11. The agreement with Building Warriors has been postponed and possibly using 901 training facility will be an option. Since it is considered a wellness and fitness facility a use change will not be necessary with the County.
Deputy Chief Sunderland showed the plaque the fire district received at the FRI Conference on the fire district being awarded the accreditation. He also reported that the fire district was recognized at the county’s public hearing on the accreditation.
The Board had no more questions for Deputy Chief Sunderland.
OPERATIONS CHIEF REPORT:
Operations Chief Patterson, in addition to his written report, reported that one of the lateral applicants accepted the job offer and is half way through the background check process and he should be done and online before the Firefighter Academy is done. He reported the other candidate refused the offer, stating he just wasn’t ready for another life changing event in life at this time.
The Board had no questions for Operations Chief Patterson.
Attorney Ross reported that the closing on the sale of station 15 has been moved to October 3, 2019. He reported that Kelly was successful in getting into the deed that if the current buyers should tear down the building or re-sale it, the fire district has first right of refusal to acquire the window that has significant meaning to the fire district.
The Board had no questions for Attorney Ross.
- Secretary Spano: Congratulated the District on its accreditation.
- President Marchese: Nothing to report.
- Treasurer Domenico: Congratulated the district on the accreditation and on the recognition from the county on the accreditation.
- Vice President Ciancio: Nothing to report.
With no further business to come before the Board, Secretary Spano made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Treasurer Spano second the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.
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