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5/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
With new station, Golden Valley Fire District to sell other properties
Members of the Golden Valley Fire District governing board at a recent meeting.BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy
Members of the Golden Valley Fire District governing board at a recent meeting.
Butch Meriwether
Special to the Miner

GOLDEN VALLEY - The Golden Valley Fire District governing board recently started the process of selling the administrative office at 3327 N. Mayer Road and the 4,369-square-foot Station No. 11 at 2809 N. Mayer Road.

The board authorized Fire Chief Thomas O'Donohue to negotiate the possible sale of the two properties, which are now considered expendable with the new station coming on line.

The board also authorized the GVFD proposed budget to be publicized in a local newspaper for 20 days as required by Arizona Revised Statutes, waived the Public Safety Training Center rental fees for Bountiful Baskets and authorized board member Steven Robinson to attend a fire safety session hosted by Saunders & Co.

In the chief's report, O'Donohue outlined a new program called "Breakfast With the Fire Chief" in which he makes himself available to answer questions from residents on the first and second Tuesdays of the month at two local restaurants. He also said that construction of Station 11 is almost complete and plans are for the new fire station to become operational in the very near future. An open house will be scheduled for residents shortly after the new station opens.

O'Donohue is also taking advantage of some extra funds available as part of the contract for services with MTC/Arizona State Prison by commissioning artwork in the form of steel silhouettes for each of the fire stations. The artwork silhouettes featuring firefighters will begin appearing within the next two weeks, beginning at the new Station 11.

O'Donohue also provided information on the district's call response for April. There were 170 calls:

• seven fire suppressions

• 114 medical emergencies

• 42 "service calls," which could include citizens calling about a snake or flooding in their home

• two "good intents," where a citizen might call in about a brush fire and it turns out to be an authorized backyard burn or a very smoky barbecue

• five false alarms

• and two out-of-district calls.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Article comment by: To Steven Robinson

If in fact the District's Out-of-District contracts can cover a new Administration office(s) then why did the fire district use approx. 2 million dollars of the carryover to make it through this budget year? I believe you and the other board members need to learn more. I realize some of you are new it appears that the public gave up on the others. The board needs to look and see where that money is going, why it is going, and does it need to go. You also may need to look into learning the open meeting law. I believe that once again you and the board have violated the OML.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: To Steve

"Let me share a couple facts to which you may not be aware. First, the Fire District will NOT raise the tax rate, period. " Let me share a couple facts, I believe you are only ONE member or do you make all the decisions? Maybe, the district has too many Chiefs. Why does a fire department with 21 fire guys need 3 chiefs? I believe the 21 fire guys only 7 per day is on why does it take 3 fire chiefs? Out of those 7 guys one is a Captain to oversee the other 6 guys. Cutting back the management, will save money and hopefully this district will not be like Dolan Springs fire department in the near future.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Steven Robinson

To Who's Watching and Two Board Members,

I'm personally pleased that you are reviewing the budget and paying attention. Speaking for myself, I really want MORE people involved in reviewing and challenging the Board.

Let me share a couple facts to which you may not be aware. First, the Fire District will NOT raise the tax rate, period. Not to build any building. In fact, due to our out of District contracts, we can build a new Administration offices, with over double the space, for about what this property might sell for. We receive well over a million dollars worth of labor for no cost to the District, each year.

Second the current offices are entirely inadequate for the staff we have now. The Asst Chief and the Battalion Chief share a small 10x12' office space. This building was adequate 20 years ago it's not now.

Last, the Board has been very judicious with the funds from prior years taxes, so we have adequate funds to cover any additional costs without impacting our budget or safety net whatsoever!

I hope answers your concerns to some extent, I hope to meet you at the next Board meeting on the 19th of June.

Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Article comment by: Two Board Members

The minutes show two board members voting NO on the sale of Station 11 and the Admin. Building. Way to go Brooks and Kanelos. Thank you for watching our tax monies.
What is wrong with the Admin building that the other three felt the need to sell it? Do you feel you need something new? I would like a new house, but I can't afford to sell with these prices and have enough money to build a new house. You other three board members, think about the taxpayers for a change, not how you want the District to look.

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013
Article comment by: Who's Watching

So agree with your statement. Why are they selling that station. Can we build another one for what they are going to sell it for? Also the proposed budget ( on line). We sure seem to be putting out quite a bit of money in wages. After what has happened to other Fire Dept.

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013
Article comment by: Who is the Chairman

After reading the minutes to this meeting, I am wondering who is the Chairman of the Board. Seems like Director Robinson mouth is moving all the time. Maybe the Chairman of the board should step up and run the meeting. Why are they selling the buildings in this economy? Save money and remodel.

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