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Items omitted from the LMRFD draft minutes
Thank you, Ellen!
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September 6, 2018 - 7:56 pm
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Thank you, Ellen, for volunteering your day to document how incompetent the LMRFD administrative assistant Karen Jackson is.

Spent this beautiful day at the computer comparing the posted minutes with your video.
 
*It is not in the minutes that Bill Whittington stated, unequivocally, that "30 days after Board approval, an annexation is IN District, whether or not it shows on the tax rolls". It would be good to have that documented for future reference.  It was Whittington's erroneous advice to Cass in June that caused Theodora to be "renounced" from her acceptance into the temporary Board position because her annexation wasn't yet showing on the tax rolls.  21:49 on video
 
* Pg. 6; No mention of Charlotte requesting Chair to resign for not following procedures, biased behaviors costing taxpayer dollars, running up attorney bill approx. $800 w/o Board approval to try to censure and file lawsuit against Charlotte.  Eric scolding Chair for doing things w/o Board approval, and 2nd Charlotte's motion.  Charlotte & Eric Yay, Karash & Cass Nay.  1:11:45 Video
 
27:43 on video:  Chief didn't bring the Oath of Office or the Certificate of OML Compliance, so Theodora could not be sworn in at the meeting.
Pg. 6;  Re: Theodora not being seated due to "Pending compliance form". 
 
Pg. 6; Re: Annexation Resolution.  Chief said "he pulled the info off the website and prepared the annexation request".  This is the AA job.  Why is he doing it?  1:22:00 Vid
 
Pg. 7; The Phillips monitors were purchased 6/30/09.  They are 9 yrs. old.  No big dif.
 
Pg. 7; The monthly payment proposed, in the amount of $2605.65, is not included in item Z.  Nor is the $20,627 in interest the taxpayers would be paying. 1:23:30 Vid
 
* Call to the Public;  "Walt Kiffer.....decide the information provided in reports..."  What kind of meaningless babble is that?  Walt very clearly stated that the Board should, as part of its evaluation process when determining whether to change to RFP, find out if they can get reports with information they need, as that has been repeatedly stated as a problem with the current billing company.  (It is NOT really a problem, as Mediclaim provides a multitude of very useful reports.  The chief just doesn't want to expose them.  The Board can request them directly. The Board hires the billing company and defines the parameters of its service, and is entitled...even obligated, to view and analyze the monthly reports.) 1:37:49 Video
 
* Call to the Public; Omitted: My suggestion that 2 monitors be purchased and placed in the 2 first out ambulances, pay cash and avoid 5 yrs of debt.  We only have one crew in each station and the brush truck is rarely in District.  (Actually, I calculated it and chief and brush truck are in District 20% or less of the time)  1:39:40 Video
 
* Call to the Public; Omitted: My suggestion that duties requiring handling of sensitive data, at least, be moved to a professional, secure location such as Gabe's (Accountant) office. 1:40:50 Video
 
It is clear that suggestions made by taxpayers at the Call to the Public are ignored entirely or recorded in a totally incomprehensible manner.
I hope to soon have the time to address each omission in a new post.
 
Is it incompetence or are these omissions deliberate to keep the public in the dark?
 
Maybe the goal is to keep these extremely important issues OUT of the minutes for specific reasons?
 
Did chief DeMaio or chairwoman Deb Cass instruct Karen Jackson to omit items?
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September 18, 2018 - 7:39 pm
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* Pg. 6; No mention of Charlotte requesting Chair to resign for not following procedures, biased behaviors costing taxpayer dollars, running up attorney bill approx. $800 w/o Board approval to try to censure and file lawsuit against Charlotte.  Eric scolding Chair for doing things w/o Board approval, and 2nd Charlotte's motion.  Charlotte & Eric Yay, Karash & Cass Nay.  1:11:45 Video
 
This is a serious omission from the minutes.  A Board member has committed a serious abuse of power and squandered $800 of taxpayer $$ to pursue her own personal vendetta against a fellow Board member!  A motion was made for her to resign, it was seconded, but voted down by the miscreant herself!  How can that not be considered by ANYONE to be worthy of inclusion in the meeting minutes? 
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* Call to the Public; Omitted: My suggestion that 2 monitors be purchased and placed in the 2 first out ambulances, pay cash and avoid 5 yrs of debt.  We only have one crew in each station and the brush truck is rarely in District.  (Actually, I calculated it and chief and brush truck are in District 20% or less of the time)  1:39:40 Video
 
Another serious omission from the minutes.  For one thing, the way the chief sprung this huge expenditure unexpectedly on the Board with pressure to approve it right away before the great deal would no longer be available, is not acceptable.  As I recall, the purchase of the new ambulance was shoved through in roughly the same way.  And after they finally approved its purchase, they got surprised with an additional $30,000 or so MORE than they approved for the purchase, due to some extended warranty or something.  I remember Eric Terrill nearly squashing the deal at that point, but the chief said it would cost the District for legal fees to get out of the contract already signed.  God only knows how much more these monitors will end up costing after all the BS has come down.  But nothing in the minutes documenting any disagreement with their purchase or alternative ideas to keep the District out of debt.
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* Call to the Public;  "Walt Kiffer.....decide the information provided in reports..."  What kind of meaningless babble is that?  Walt very clearly stated that the Board should, as part of its evaluation process when determining whether to change to RFP, find out if they can get reports with information they need, as that has been repeatedly stated as a problem with the current billing company.  (It is NOT really a problem, as Mediclaim provides a multitude of very useful reports.  The chief just doesn't want to expose them.  The Board can request them directly. The Board hires the billing company and defines the parameters of its service, and is entitled...even obligated, to view and analyze the monthly reports.) 1:37:49 Video
 
Walt made a very good point that got totally lost in the translation.  We hear repeatedly that the Board cannot have ambulance billing information because the reports are too difficult to obtain from Mediclaim.  Again, the Board is being pressured to hurry up and make this change to a different ambulance billing company, without having adequate information.  Maybe the new company is such a good deal because it doesn't have the in depth report information that Mediclaim has.  Somebody needs to research that, and that is what Walt is suggesting.
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September 18, 2018 - 9:59 pm
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Thanks, Ellen.   You're so right!

... And after they finally approved its purchase, they got surprised with an additional $30,000 or so MORE than they approved for the purchase, due to some extended warranty or something. I remember Eric Terrill nearly squashing the deal at that point, but the chief said it would cost the District for legal fees to get out of the contract already signed. ...

If we can figure out the month, I can look for the video and try to get it uploaded. 

I don't understand why the chief isn't able to provide more info and especially TIMELY info to the board.  It's so true that the board is continually pressured to approve the chief's purchases because of deadlines -- the chief's poor planning.    And the same is true with the budget.