-CHERRY VOLUNTEER FIRE ASSOCATION
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
APRIL 12, 2014
OFFICERS PRESENT BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT
Bud Gindhart, President Faren Wattie
Joe Boyle, Vice President Nancy Clauss
Bob Kennedy, Treasurer Frank Melluzzo
Karen Bruno, Secretary
Jim Bond, Legal Advisor
Guests In Attendance:
Celeste Gordon -District Ranger
Scott Spleiss, Battalion Chief and Fuel Specialist
Thomas Thurman, Yavapai County, Board of Supervisors, District 2 and Marlene Summers
Verl Cook, Area Roads Superintendent
MINUTES OF THE MEETING
President Bud Gindhart called the meeting of the CVFA to order at 12:18 pm. The above listed quorum was called and confirmed.
President Gindhart motioned to waive the reading of the minutes of 2013 meeting. Motion was granted.
CONDITION OF THE FIRE TRUCKS
Joe Boyle – All trucks are in working condition. Brent Deal donated red paint to paint the tanker that resides in Federal Mines; it will be sanded on Sunday, April 13th at noon. Volunteers welcome.
Bob Kennedy – stated fewer community members are contributing to the CVFA. Vehicle maintenance and gas remain the same. New expenses occurred are the website and the dial system for notifications and emergencies. APS is currently $72. The average bill is $30 per month. Copies of the Treasurer’s report were provided. See end of minutes of the meeting for a copy. The association purchased 24 hats and 24 t-shirts to sell to the community. Total cost: $ 382.61. The shirts and hats will be sold for $20 each. The sales from these items will generate $577.39.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Officers were elected; Bud Gindhart, President; Bob Kennedy, Treasurer; Karen Bruno, Secretary. Curt Cristy was elected as a new board member.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD:
President Gindhart presented Faren Wattie with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his hard work on the website and the new emergency dial system.
Verl Cook, Area Roads Department – ditches will be cleaned out before the monsoon season. We lost road dept. time for the Yarnell incident. Governor Brewer signed an appropriations bill on Friday, March 8th. The amendments: rural transportation advocacy council for Arizona; Greater Arizona (add’l 13 counties) legislature had taken over 120 million dollars out of our fund, giving it to the department of public safety. Some years the amount taken was over 200 million. Legislation agreed to put money back; however, it was only $30 million. Taxes will not be raised per Tom.
Three quarters of a mile will be completed between the two paved sections in the fiscal year 2015 to 2016. Federal Mines road is not part of the road maintenance and construction. Mr. Cook also stated that with regard to the road improvements on Cherry Road, they are ripping up the existing road and repaving. The cattle guard and the road through town is also on the agenda to pave. As they get closer to the main section of town, flood control and engineering will get involved.
Assistant Fire Mgmt. Office for Verde District; Battalion Chief and Fuel Specialist – Scott Spleiss and Celeste Gordon were introduced. We have a number of projects we are engaged in south and southwest from Cherry to the Verde Floor. Mr. Spleiss reviewed the supervised burns in years past. Through last years’ discussions, he was able to allow the community to stockpile and burn fuel for winter time. A mastication contractor worked on 100 acres around Sunnybrook Mine. 165 acres were treated. The burn will be late in the monsoon moving into fall. Long and Powell Springs thinning left fuel on the ground, allowing for gathering for the next few seasons. They’ll burn those Powell Springs pine stands.
Regarding fire restrictions – campfires and smoking are considered stage 1. This will most likely happen before the end of April, beginning of May. Look on our website to see how we are linked to the southwest coordination or Prescott National Forest website for information.
The tribute fence preservation project was discussed. Members have taken t-shirts and are making a quilt for the tribute for the fallen firemen of the Yarnell fire.
Celeste stated there is an environmental analysis done for all of the Black Hills, Mingus, etc. watershed restoration projects. They are using boulders, fencing etc. to keep traffic off of the undesignated roads. Call in if you see someone on the roads illegally.
– Faren Wattie discussed website items.
-Information was provided by Marlene Summers of Tom Thurman’s office.
-The meeting adjourned at 1:34 pm.
Duly submitted April 13, 2014, Karen Bruno, Secretary
CC: B. Gindhart, Joe Boyle, B. Kennedy