Board Meeting 18 April 2023

Consent Items

Minutes of the Last Meeting

Held 21 March, 2023

Submitted by Mike Crabill

The meeting was called to order at 1825 hours by Don Black. Members present were Don Black, Dan Gower, Lou Henson, Scott Olguin, Brooks Frederick, Bill Long, and Mike Crabill.

Others present were Dena Arnold

Consent Items:

A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent items. The motion passed unanimously.

Old Business:

At the March 14th Business Meeting, the Membership passed the new By-Laws as written.

New Business:

Dena Arnold presented to the Board a new fund-raising idea. It consisted of a Flag Program. SBVFD would provide and put-up flags for Residents on the following Holidays: Flag Day, President’s Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. The cost to Residents would be $50/year per Flag. No action was taken pending presentation of more details from the Fundraising Committee.

Dena Arnold was appointed the Chair of the Fund-Raising Committee.

Board Membership was discussed. Lou Henson, Mike Crabill, and Brooks Frederick’s term expires at the end of March. Don Black will send out an E-mail to Membership stating that if no one wants to run for the Board, there will be no vote and current Board members will remain.

The city owned Boat House was discussed. The Boat House was damaged in a recent storm and may be condemned by the Insurance Company. It is insured for $30,000. A motion was made and seconded that the Fire Department recommend to the city to put a new Boat House at McNair Park if the old one is condemned. The motion also stated that the Fire Department would participate monetarily in the building of the new structure. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 1945 hours.

Treasurer’s Report

Submitted by Lou Henson, Board Treasurer

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Chief’s Report

Submitted by Dan Gower

Medical Calls to date – 33
Fire Calls to date – 4

  • Time spent editing Policy documents using Lexipol Policy and Procedure portal. First assignments made for FRO members using the Lexipol FireRescue Academy.
  • New compressor placed into operation on Saturday 15 April 2023.
  • Efforts underway with Hamilton and Careflite for re-certification of all FRO members.

ESD Report

Submitted by Don Black and Dan Gower

  • Two ESD Board meetings since last report.
  • Still planning to conduct independent ISO audit in May.
  • They hope to send an RFP to the fire departments in June-July.

Grant Report

The $50,000 LCRA grant request for fire hydrants was not funded. Next application period when we can resubmit is July 1- July 31, 2023.

Old Business

Fire Hydrants

Discussion and possible action regarding the VFD position on and participation in the fire hydrant project in light of the grant denial.

Auxiliary Account

In accordance with the new bylaws, the Treasurer is asked to close the auxiliary checking account and transfer all funds to the primary VFD account.

New Business

Board Membership

Per the new bylaws, Board officers (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are to be appointed annually.

Rescue Tools

Discussion and possible action regarding purchase of cutter and spreader.


Discussion and possible action regarding offer by citizen of pinball machines at the BBQ.

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