Tuesday, June 28 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
The Town Board will meet with representative of the Mt. Calvary Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc.; the Calumet Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Town of Calumet to discuss issues related to the cost of fire protection.
Brenda A. Schneider
The Town Board of the Town of Taycheedah met for a special meeting on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall. Members present were Chairman Jerry Guelig, Supervisors Tim Simon, Mike Wirtz and Clarence Kraus and Clerk Brenda Schneider. Absent was Jim Rosenthal. Also present were Paul Petrie and Scott Schaefer, representing Mt. Calvary Volunteer Fire Department.
Chairman Guelig called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
The Town of Taycheedah took formal action on June 13th to not renew the Agreements with the Mt. Calvary and Calumet Fire Departments for fire protection in its current form.
The current Fire Protection Agreement dictates a 3% increase in the rate for 2012. The 2011 rate is $90,865.63.
At issue is the financial impact of the State of Wisconsin 2011-2013 Biennial Budget. The recently approved State Budget will reduce the 2012 Shared Revenue to the Town of Taycheedah by $15,166.00 (25%). Also, the levy limit for 2012 and 2013 has been reduced to 0% or net of new construction. The 2010 Taycheedah net of new construction was 1.535%. It was noted that the mandatory employee contributions to Wisconsin State Retirement and health insurance benefits, also contained in the State Budget, will not assist the Town with new revenue to counteract the impact due to the fact that the Town's two full-time employees do not received these benefits.
The Fire Dept. is willing to freeze the 2011 rate for 2012. They prefer to evaluate the rate for 2013 next year at this time. They plan to prepare a 4-5 year projection in order to determine their financial position for 2013 and beyond.
The Fire Dept. has developed a policy to replace a vehicle every five years. They have five major trucks; which means each truck will be 25 years old when replaced. It is also their policy to pay for at least 50% of the cost of the truck with cash reserves segregated for the expense when purchased.
The Fire Dept. believes that they will eventually need to change to full-time paid firefighters. Manpower is becoming scarce during the weekdays. A weekday incident is manned by a group of 8-10 men. They believe consolidation will be necessary to accomplish the full-time service. They also believe that it may be necessary in the future to change to a full-time Chief in order to handle all the paperwork. However, no changes are anticipated during 2012.
The Fire Dept. plans to conduct a meeting with all the entities they serve in the fall.
Chairman Guelig declared the meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.
Brenda A. Schneider
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