Fire board scraps evaluation plan until January

GOLDEN VALLEY - After struggling with the issue for almost a year, the Golden Valley Fire District Board of Directors has agreed to give up on a departmental evaluation, at least for now.

The issue started with an attempt to evaluate the fire chief's performance. After discussing the proposed evaluation for a few months and trying to come up with an appropriate format, some board members felt an overall evaluation of the department's performance could reflect directly on how well the chief is doing his job. So the focus changed.

However, the evaluation never quite came together, and the board at its Oct. 11 meeting agreed to scrap the current efforts and start anew after the first of the year.

In other business, the board:

• Heard from member Brad Armey that he is consulting with Deborah Herbert of the County Attorney's office regarding changes to a proposed set of bylaws or rules of procedure for the board, and that a draft will be ready for the Nov. 8 meeting.

• On Herbert's advice, agreed to correct the bylaws to give the chairman the same voting power as other board members.

• Tabled accepting a bid for the construction of a larger board meeting room at the administrative offices on North Mayer Street.

• Tabled discussion and possible action regarding contracting for dispatch with River Medical Inc.

• Voted unanimously to remove all former employees' names from any financial paperwork, bank accounts and safe deposit boxes or credit cards.

• Tabled a board member's request to bar any public access to all fire stations and fire district buildings with the exception of guided tours, public events and the reception areas. Armey said that particular policy already is in the district manual. Nancy Osborn, wife of engineer Randy Osborn, said she would like the board to consider allowing her and others to deliver meals to personnel on duty.

• Will participate in a review of the Open Meeting Law. James Schopmann of the County Attorney's Office distributed copies of the law to every board member and provided the board with a quick review of the law. The board scheduled a training workshop at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13, just before the regular board meeting.

Schopmann said the meeting is open to the public. Fire Station 3 is in the Walnut Creek subdivision.

• Chief Harold Nystedt received permission to sign a contract with Golden Valley Cable and Communications for high-speed Internet service at Station 1.

• District administrative assistant B.J. Kasso will review the September board meeting tape to see if the minutes need to be revised. Lovelle Barnett said the minutes didn't include a comment from a resident who attended the meeting.