Sparky to join fire department

Sparky the Fire Dog will cost the Golden Valley Fire District $2,447.

The fire district's board of directors on Jan. 9 approved purchasing the costume and accessories, to be used by the fire prevention and public education department at public events and appearances at local schools.

In other business, the board tabled three important decisions - the election of new board officers, construction of Station 3 and the GVFD's pay scale and fiscal projections for upcoming years.

The board agreed to wait until the Feb. 13 general meeting to elect new board officers.

The delay allows newly appointed board member Dennis Reiter to vote. The board is required to elect new officers after the addition of any new board member.

There were no engineer's drawings or progress report available for the new Station 3 in the Walnut Creek subdivision. The lack meant the board was unable to put the project out to bid or to accept, request, receive or award estimates or bids.

And the board decided to postpone discussion and possible action, including revision or adoption of policy regarding employee compensation, premiums, overtime and any other types of pay.

The board also needs to define the employees' work period. It now is defined as a 14-day period.

The board was set to discuss an allegation of open meetings law violations in reference to the creation and filling of the assistant chief position, but board Attorney James Schoppmann said he had not received information from the State Attorney General's office.

The board also:

• Agreed to purchase a $ 700 laptop computer for use in the paramedic training course.

• Appointed board member Marc Frederick and valley resident Jetti Branson to the newly formed Volunteer Firefighters' Relief and Pension Fund Board of Trustees. Firefighters Roberta Smith, Neal Bellew, Roy Whitten and James Childer already had been elected to the board.

• Named Chief Rudy Barboa to serve as chairman on the newly created Public Safety Personnel Retirement System local board of trustees. Firefighters elected to the board for four-year terms are Chris Heinz and Capt. David Martin.

The board also needs two fire district residents to serve as trustees. Those interested should apply to the district's administrative office at 3327 N. Mayer Road.

• Decided to allow Barboa to apply for a Mohave County Community Development block grant for a new water tender. The grant would cover about 80 percent of the $170,000 cost. The district would be responsible for $20,000.

• Agreed to include discussion on the February meeting agenda concerning changing the way the board handles executive sessions. The board has been asking the public to step outside during closed sessions.

District resident Patsy McCarter said she would like to see the board members move to another location in the building, rather than putting people outside in the heat or cold.

• Took no action on e-mail correspondence from Steven Buck of the Legend Ranch Property Association concerning possible annexation of that area into the fire protection district. A representative from the Legend Ranch group is expected to attend the Feb. 13 general board meeting.

• Discussed the annexation of an area along U.S. Route 93 about a mile northwest of Mineral Park Road.

The area is known as Santa Claus Acres, and includes a portion of the surrounding land. Developers have proposed building a shopping center complex there. The district has sent a letter to the developer to see if there is interest in being added to the GVFD's service area. Letters also are being sent to residents to determine if at least 51 percent of them favor being annexed.

Schoppman said the addition would be "a huge new tax base for the fire district."