May 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, 9 May 2017 at 7:00pm.

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

 Minutes for 11 April 2017 read by Janie Lambert.   Motion to accept by Ralph Ellis

      2nd by Janie Lambert Carried 3 -0

Treasurer's Report:

April 2017

The General Account end of the month balance $75,455.72
The Impact Fees had an end of the month balance of $9,294.72
Total combined is $84,750.44
The $5000.00 that was loaned to the General Acct from the Impact fee needs to be repaid.  Janie has asked for this every month this year.


Motion to accept by Ralph Ellis 2nd by Janie Lambert Carried 3-0


Chief’s Report:  


We had 30 calls for the month of April. 

       15 Medical, 3 Structure Fires, 3 Brush Fires, 3 MVA – 6 mutual aid calls

All trucks are operational but the Jaws on Engine 22 needs parts if they can be found as parts are hard to find.


The stall door parts are on order and will be installed when they are received.  Recommended a maintenance program.


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.


Dusty bought 2 new door locks one is for the North end door and one for the South side entry door to the bay area. As well as replaced the batteries in the hall unit.



He has met with SEAS to put in a Knox Box and update the pre-fire plan.


Downloaded the Pilgrim Rest floor plan for emergency response.


There is a new Hanger going up soon in Sky Ranch.  We are waiting on Impact Fee.


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



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. Pending see Chief’s report above.
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 peruse getting someone to do the books if Donna can’t.  The motion was made by Ralph Ellis 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 3-0.  Pending
Dusty needs a new tax exempt ID number.


The County is doing an assessment on the radios and it will take time because they are in the beginning    stages.  They have ask us not to buy radios until this is done but it could take time.  They have decided to get a radio and all stations in Okaloosa County will use.  You do not have to use the same vendor but all stations will use the same radio.   They will give out the guidelines and we will be required to meet them.


Since the woods have been cleared the Building needs to be pressure washed by a professional. Also the 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.


Dewayne has been keeping up our website and is no longer able to keep up with this.  Melissa Stallnaker is going to take this over.  As of now we don’t know if we should keep Dewayne at $300 per year or stay with Melissa.  Dewayne will be required to furnish receipts. 


There is a new run report for the Structure Fire Report.  All other run reports will be on the one we now use.






New Business



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.  This program has an annual fee of $800.00.  A motion was made by Ralph Ellis and 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 3-0


Tim was sent an email from the JLAC that they have given us an approval for extension to 30 June for the 2014 – 2015 Audit. 


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.






Motion to adjourn at 8:00pm by Ralph Ellis, 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 3-0

                    Next meeting will be held Tuesday, 13 June 2017