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ESD No. 2, Eagle Creek to begin fire-service contract talks
Vice President Royal Munro (from left) of the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 board listens as ESD Treasurer Bill Kenney proposes budget amendments during the board’s Dec. 3 meeting while attorney Louis T. Rosenberg and board member Bob Gadd take notes.
FLORESVILLE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 and the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services (VES) have begun discussions about the provision of firefighting services to the district. The ESD board, at its Dec. 3 meeting, agreed to begin negotiations related to establishing a fixed-price contract for the performance of this service.
Eagle Creek VES is a volunteer department established to provide both firefighting and emergency medical services to an area located north of Floresville. Much of its coverage area is included within the ESD. The boards for both organizations signed a contract in October, indicating that Eagle Creek would provide emergency medical services within the district until Sept. 30, 2014. (See “ESD No. 2, Eagle Creek ink contract,” Nov. 7.)
Now, the two organizations are working to ratify a fire-service contract before Jan. 1, 2013. Bill Kenney, the ESD’s treasurer, said the process would involve direct negotiations, since an earlier attempt at a request for proposals yielded no responses.
Ginney Beauman of Eagle Creek VES said since the beginning of the ambulance contract, the service has operated with two emergency medical technicians on call Monday through Friday. These individuals, she said, also are trained as firefighters, which will ensure that a minimum of two people respond to a fire on weekdays.
Two is the minimum number of firefighters needed to respond to an incident, Beauman said.
“You can’t run a pump and run the hose at the same time,” she said.
On structure fires, Beauman said, a minimum of four firefighters must respond if entry must be made into a burning building.
Kenney said that information presented by the Eagle Creek VES indicates that the agency responded to 13 fires in 2010 and 11 fires in 2011. Fire Chief Jackie Komives said that as of Dec. 3, her department had responded to 20 fires. These numbers, she said, exclude mutual-aid calls in which the Eagle Creek VES assisted other departments.
In other business, the board approved amendments to its fiscal year 2013 budget. This, said Kenney, is because estimated revenues were projected at $524,299. But the district’s revenues have been revised downward to $470,146, of which $336,162 is expected to come from ad valorem taxation.
Also during the meeting, the board:
•Voted to obtain a credit/debit card, to be linked to the ESD’s checking account and used only to pay expenses incurred by the district.
•Received an engagement letter from auditor Nancy Vaughan, who will audit Eagle Creek VES for a fee not to exceed $5,000.
Following adjournment of the meeting, Komives and Beauman met with the district’s attorney and a quorum of the board to discuss the pending firefighting contract.
***In attendance: Board members Royal Munro, Bob Gadd, and Bill Kenney; attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, Fire Chief Jackie Komives and Ginney Beauman of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services.
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