June 2017


                   P.O. Box 101

1375 19th Street

Baker, FL  32531

850-537-2487 (Office) 850-537-7295 (Fax)



Meeting was called to order by Mike Paul on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 at 7:00pm.


Attended by:  Mike Paul, Ralph Ellis, Tim Ross and Janie Lambert


Minutes for 9 May 2017 read by Janie Lambert.   Motion to accept by Ralph Ellis

      2nd by Janie Lambert Carried 4 -0

Treasurer's Report:

May 2017

The General Account end of the month balance $66,633.22
The Impact Fees had an end of the month balance of $9,294.72
Total combined is $75,927.72
Motion to accept by Ralph Ellis 2nd by Janie Lambert Carried 4-0


Chief’s Report:  


We had 43 calls for the month of May. 


Tanker 24 is leaking at the T-valve and we will look at it to see if it can be fixed.


Our Jaws does not have parts available to keep it running.  This is the one that we got from the County so Dusty will see if they will give us another one to replace it.




Old Business


Baker/Blackman Consolidation Committee meeting for discussion to establish departmental and legislative agreement for the proposed consolidation.   It will consist of Tim Ross, Mike Paul, Sheri Brewer, Jim Lawson and Don Fugate and lawyer representing and preparing proposal Mr. Moore. Letters have been sent to the Legislature with the proposed consolidation.  The representatives have supported us after a meeting in Niceville.  We need to go over boundaries for each department.  As of this date, This Consolidation is not being presented to the Legislature and we may have to wait until 2018.    Revised/continued 
Dusty wants to fix up and sell the 2216 SCBA’s and get money to use on something else.  Tim made the motion, the motion was 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 4-0.  Dalmatian Fire had agreed to purchase all of them once Tim Busby does an inventory but they have since changed their mind.  Dusty has talked to someone else and we have a $1600.00 bid and he will contact them and get this done.
Tim says Donna Ash will continue to complete the books. Ralph will get bond Donna Ashe bonded.  Janie talked to Donna to get her information to be bonded and she said she would do it until we can get someone else.  Dawn Paul was mentioned as taking this on but she has not been asked. Ralph made a motion to pursue getting someone to do the books if Donna can’t.  This was 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 3-0. Donna Ash is the Baker Fire District Bookkeeper for now.
Dusty needs a new tax exempt ID number and this has been applied for.


The Building needs to be pressure washed by a professional.  Sheri will get 3 bids on this and report next month.  Sheri got 3 bids and we chose Spanky’s for $400 and everyone else wanted $500-$700. The motion was made by Ralph Ellis 2nd by Janie Lambert. Pending


Dewayne has been keeping up our website and is no longer able to keep up with this as he has been paying for it.  We are going to ask Dewayne if he will do this at $300 per year to keep it up.  Dewayne will be required to furnish receipts if he pays for anything.  Dusty and Tim have both paid for the website as it had expired. 


We will be getting a grant for $37,250.00 as of now we are waiting for the state to get us the money.  We will purchase 5 SCBA’s.  We have a quote from Fisher Safety for $32,508.35.  When we get the money we can purchase these.  The remaining funds will be returned per agreement for the grant.


We need to get a new Street sign as the one we have is in not in good shape.  Ralph is getting estimates.


We have had a workshop on getting a new Brush Truck and have done the bids from 4 different dealerships and have decided to wait and separate the funds from the Vacant Land Assessment and the other funds and keep it separate to either have a good down payment or buy outright. This has been tabled until we can see how much in funds we got this year.  As of 4/28/2017 we have received $138.397.40 for the Tax Assessment and $33,271.98 for the Vacant Land Assessment.  These are not final figures.


The County has recommended that all departments go to a new program for NFIRS reports.  As of now we are using 4 separate programs and this one has it all in one.  This is an online program with access from anywhere.  The initial cost is $3389.00 for the first year we will have an annual fee of $1500.00.  This is an 11 page report that will trace equipment, trucks, pre fire plans, personnel, and etc.  A motion was made by Tim Ross and 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 3-0. 


The new percentage increase for the Tax Assessment has gone up 4.1052%.  This has to be done by 15 June so we voted on it so we could get it to the Tax Collector giving us time to get it to them since our next meeting is the 13th of June.  We also will have a workshop on 16 May at 7pm to certify the tax roll and turn them both in at the same time.   Ralph made and motion and it was 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 3-0.






New Business



NONE at this time.







Motion to adjourn at 8:00pm by Ralph Ellis, 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 4-0

                    Next meeting will be held Tuesday, 11 July 2017