October 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, 10 October 2017 at 7:00pm.


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


Minutes for 12 September 2017 read by Janie Lambert.   Motion to accept by Tim Ross

      2nd by Ralph Ellis Carried 5 -0

Treasurer's Report:

September 2017

The General Account end of the month balance $29,270.89 of which 33,271.98 is for the new truck


The Impact Fees had an end of the month balance of $13,986.07
Total combined is $43,256.96
Motion to accept by Ralph Ellis 2nd by Tim Ross Carried 5-0


Chief’s Report:  


There were a total of 32 run calls.

3 Structure Fires

2 MVA’s

3 Brush Fires

24 Medical calls


The generator is in for a tune up.

2.   Rescue 20 is in for light bar and also Radio for Rescue 28 and Squad 28.

We have 15 gallons of gas from the hurricane preparations in the storage shed to be used for the chain saws.
 Mark is asking for $200.00 for classes this year.
 The Christmas Party is scheduled for 16 December at the station because the BARA is booked. 
 Pilgrim Rest is having the Trunk or Treat 29 October.
 Dusty Talbert and Brian Easterling have been voted to do a courtesy audit of the Volunteer Fund.



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, The Legislature has decided they want approval (Letter from the County) before they will agree to the Consolidation. This is not needed since we do not belong to the County but Mr. J.R Williamson would not agree even though Mr. Moore tried to explain this to him so we may have to wait until 2018 and be put on the ballot and start all over again.  Mr. Lawson has also mention that maybe we could do it by Contract with Blackman.  The question was brought up “Do we want to continue this and spend the money?”  Revised/continued 

Baker and Blackmon Boards met with Mr. Moore, he is doing the Resolution for us and the people to vote on then it should be put on the Ballot for November 2018 under the General Election. We will need to get a letter from the County agreeing to this again.  We will need to advertise in the newspaper again.

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.  This is pending.
We need to get a new Street sign as the one we have is in not in good shape.  Ralph has got 3 estimates but we decided to wait on the District merger instead of paying for it twice.  This is pending until the merger.


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. 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.  This has been tabled until we can see how much in funds we got this year.


Tanker 24 is leaking at the T-valve and we will look at it to see if it can be fixed.  Glen Arne can fix it if after Dusty removes the bolt.   Pending


Our Hurst 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.  Dusty says the County won’t even return his calls so he is going through Emergency Management.  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.  Dewayne has been contracted to stay on for a price of $100.00 per month.  Dewayne will be required to furnish receipts if he pays for anything.  Upon a written Contract a motion has been made by Ralph Ellis and 2nd by Tim Ross.  Janie is the POC.  Pending


Joey Franks has given us the application for the fundraiser.  Janie will be the POC and get the paperwork filled out and returned to Joey.  Janie gave part of the application to Tim Ross so he can fill out his portion.  Pending


Ralph made a motion and it was 2nd by Janie to get the carpet cleaned as well as the chairs.  Ralph Ellis will be the POC on this.  We decided to do this by renting a machine from somewhere downtown to save cost.  He will rent the machine when he knows he has a crew to help.  Pending


Crestview wants to do a joint training in the future with us.  Brian Bingham is the POC.  Pending



New Business


Tim has asked for $15,000 of the $25,000 signature loan be moved over to the General account. Tim made the motion, 2nd by Ralph Ellis, carried 5-0.


Tim stated that the 2015 / 2016 Budget is almost done. 


All five of us on the Board will have to qualify for the General Election with the Supervisor of Elections office.


Mike has suggested that we get together and look at the By Laws for the Fire District and the Board of Commission and update if needed.





Motion to adjourn at 7:40pm by Ralph Ellis, 2nd by Janie Lambert carried 5-0

Next meeting will be held Tuesday, 14 November 2017