If you were unable to come to this board meeting, be sure to watch the video when it comes out in the next couple of days and it will be found on http://www.sedonafire.org/news/meeting-videos/.
The present board went easy on former recalled board members, Blauert, Erick and Christensen on the letter they received from The AZ Attorney General’s(AG) Office.
They did not go into much detail and passed the resolutions that were required as the conditions imposed by the AG for Open Meeting Law violations by the former board members.
Mr. Blauert spoke up during the Public Forum part of the agenda and accused the present board for leaking the letter to the public. That charge was vehemently rejected by Board Chairman Ty Montgomery.
A bit later, Chapel resident Karen Schmitt stated that, as the complainant, she received a copy of this letter and after being reassured by the investigator at the AG’s Office that it was now public information, she shared it with over a hundred people. If interested, a copy can be picked up at Fire Station #1 counter.
Wendy Tanzer shared some very interesting information that came out of the research she did on what was being recommended by Board Member Craig Dible as the architect for a totally revised Midway Station in the Chapel Area, Robert S. West from OZ Architecture. Her findings showed a potential conflict of interest for David Blauert and Craig Dible in their business arrangements with this very same architect.
Fire Chief Kris Kazian was also directed by the Board to look at the feasibility to conduct at least two of the future SFD Board meetings at Fire Station #3 in the VOC. Video streaming and sound amplification were the key issues to be reviewed.
The SFD Board also introduced a motion to direct Chief Kazian to ask original architects, LEA, to start redesigning the architectural drawings from a 3-bay to a 2-bay fire station and begin to move forward on the building of a new station.
The motion was approved 4 to 1, with Board Member Dible voting against it. To do that, funds in the amount of $75,000 were budgeted in the FY 2012-2013 budget that was just approved by the Board. As stated by Chief Kazian, in a perfect world, the long awaited station could be completed in 14 months. He could not make any promises, since we don’t live in a perfect world.
As you can see, it surely was a meeting that you will want to see in full at http://www.sedonafire.org/news/meeting-videos .Tom Longo Sedona, AZ