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3/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
Board offers fire chief contract
One-year deal will pay GVFD's O'Donohue $94,500
Chief Thomas O'Donohue
Chief Thomas O'Donohue

GOLDEN VALLEY - The Golden Valley Fire District governing board on Wednesday voted 3-1 in support of a one-year, $94,500 contract for Fire Chief Thomas O'Donohue.

The vote came after one of two executive sessions held during the meeting. Rhonda Brooks cast the dissenting vote. The second executive session dealt with the Certificate of Necessity (CON) that involves the possibility of GVFD taking over ambulance service within the district.

Other notes from the meeting:

• The board authorized O'Donohue to continue pursuing the possible annexation of county and state roadways and associated easements into the fire district that includes the I-40 corridor.

• The board authorized waiving the fees for utilization of the Public Safety Training Center by the Western Arizona Humane Society for three separate charitable animal rescue adoption events.

• The board approved $2,900 for the printing and production cost for 5,000 hard copies of the 2012 GVFD Annual Report.

• The board approved a $5,000 contract with Island Palms Nursery in Golden Valley for the plants for the new 12,000-square-foot fire station No. 11 located at 3480 N. Bacobi Road.

• The board approved the lowest bid of $114,061 by Burroughs and Sons Construction, based in Fort Mohave, for the 500-cubic yard concrete entrance and egress for the new fire station.

• The board authorized the fire chief to sell or dispose of surplus items which have no value to the district.

• O'Donohue presented information on the district's call response for February. There were 151 calls - seven fire suppressions, 94 medical emergencies, 35 for service which could include citizens calling about a snake or flooding in their home, 10 "good intents" where a citizen might call in about a brush fire that was an authorized backyard burn or a very smoky barbecue, five false alarms, and six out-of-district calls.

- Butch Meriwether

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Girl

The board did a good thing by offering the fire chief a contract. He is worth every penny they pay him. From what I see and hear, Chief O’Donohue is doing an excellent job of leading the fire district in the right direction.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Excellent! Thank you to all involved that put valuable time and effort into our community and into GVFD!

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