Board Meeting Minutes 5/14/16

WCFA Board Meeting May 14, 2016 – Wenatchee, WA.

Meeting was called to order by president, Kevin Curfman at 1055 hours.

Kevin Curfman, Saul Labanauskas, Gordy Reynaud, Dave Rains and Todd Graves were present. Shayne Poland came in late and Tim Logozzo was excused.

The minutes from the last meeting were read by secretary, Danielle Sims. The minutes were approved as read.

The treasures report was giving by treasurer, Danielle Sims. Due to limited time to prepare the report the income and expense totals were not available. A complete, year end total will be prepared for the fall meeting. Three of our accounts, PayPal’s undeposited funds = $19,044.07, mainly for training, Checking = $19,102.96 and Savings = $35,012.61 for a grand total of $73,159.64.

New Business

The board discussed some options for the best use of our current funds. One was spending money on lobbying to improve State Mob; another was a raise for instructors and a raise for Kevin and Danielle. We formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) of Todd, Gordy and someone from the membership to be added at the general meeting. We allocated $7500 for the process. Saul motioned, Dave seconded, motion passed.

The instructor raise will be 4 hours prep time for one day classes, (refresher stays the same, already is 4 hours), 2 hours prep for each additional days and a $2/hour raise to $22/hour, effective May 21st. Saul motioned, Shayne seconded, motion passed.

The board asked Kevin if more money was needed to improve the website or database, Kevin said not much.

We voted to give our president, Kevin Curfman a $1000 per year raise and to raise Danielle’s pay to $24/hour, effective immediately. Gordy asked Kevin if $1000 would be enough of a raise, he said it would. Motion passed.

Kevin gave an update on the website. Dan and Kevin are building a new website for us on WordPress. Kevin explained it will be much easier to maintain and more user friendly.

Kevin was going to have the State Fire Marshall come to the meeting but he was unable to at the last minute. Kevin reported that they keep telling the contractors to sign up with the local fire departments for initial attack. Some questions were posed: What do we want in an agreement? Where does the state mob money come from? What would the regional rate be? Do the chief’s know that contractors will be coming to sign up? Much discussion followed. Todd said we should table this discussion until we develop a proposal. Refer to the PAC. Kevin brought up the upcoming Fire Chief’s conference. Todd is willing to go in Kevin’s place.

Todd asked if he could have the funds to make a sand box for Advanced FF classes. It was approved.

Meeting adjourned at 1223 hours.

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