September 22, 2009
The meeting was started with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence.
We still have $400 coming in from the golf scramble, and this does not include checks received from departments donating toward purchasing fire prevention materials.
Bob Brown would like copies of any pictures taken at the golf scramble. He’d like to have them compiled to make a slideshow/video and possible offer it for sale as an additional fundraiser. If anyone has pictures please forward them to Carol or Bob. Bob has tentatively set up August 28, 2010 for the next golf scramble. We’ll start sending out sponsor and donation request letters sometime during late January or early February. Carol still needs to purchase envelopes and stamps to mail out thank you notes / tax receipts. Bob would also like to contact the paper and have a ‘thank you’ to our sponsors placed in the paper.
New radio consoles are being installed at county dispatch. There are still bugs to be worked out, so be prepared for some radio tests and problems.
A motion was made to make a donation to TOPES. A donation of $200 was approved.
Bob would like to have another live burn at the training tower. Details will be forwarded when they become available. Pallets and hay will be needed for the burn, but there are some members who think they can get this donated. There will be an ambulance at the scene. Vitals are monitored throughout the training so the potentional for having an incident is limited. Two trucks are needed at the tower to be able to have a burn.
Luke was at the County Council meeting before he arrived at our meeting. This was a follow up meeting after the article in the Times Mail concerning the new tax and Luke’s suggestion at sending some of the new tax money to VFDs. It seems now the LOIT is being seen as being too quickly established without fully finding out how it can and can’t be distributed, legally. The money is just being shifted from being a property tax to being an income tax. But the money doesn’t shift to the county if taken from income. And the state still isn’t sure if it’s lawful to shift the money. They’re still working on it. If the county does see any of the money it won’t be until the 2011 budget is approved. At the August IVFA state meeting the LOIT tax was also talked about. The IVFA does have a lobbyist who will be working on this for us. The next district meeting might be held at Brown Co. Luke wasn’t sure yet.