A meeting has been posted for April 19th at 6:00. Agenda says introducing new trustee and discuss going to a 5 member board.
By: Diane Benjamin
This morning the County Board voted to re-appoint Mark Casada to the Fire Protection Board. They also voted to put Jeff Clark on the Board even though no vacancies exist on the three-person board. I’m pretty sure that Janice Bettisch will be notified that she is not on the Board any more.
Think John McIntyre isn’t stacking the deck for Mark Casada? See this:
This isn’t the most troubling part!
The Fire Chief/Head EMT was fired in February after being put on paid leave.
Now see this email:
McIntyre is talking about the lawsuit filed by Manint. Since the law says the Chief serves at the pleasure of the Board, the Board didn’t need a reason to fire him. They had reasons, but the law doesn’t require any. But note – McIntrye is scheming with Mark Casada to get Manint rehired by May.
Maybe somebody should explain a few things before rehiring anybody!
This document states the salary Michael Manint agreed to for 2017 – $54,000.
This is what he got paid:
The $7,534.31 represents a bonus – and he’s not the only one who got a bonus. The wages agreement says nothing about getting a bonus and so far I’ve seen nothing in the minutes where bonuses for anybody were approved.
But there is more. Michael’s wife Heather does the bookkeeping for the District. In 2017 she was paid:
The budgets was $8,000.
The wages summary for the year as required by law incorrect:
The Downs Fire Protection District has numerous personnel problems.
- Board members shouldn’t have kids on the fire department and are therefore able to vote them into paid positions.
- The Fire Chief shouldn’t be married to the bookkeeper. That is asking for trouble.
The next meeting is May 21st.
A new fire chief and assistant chief have not been appointed yet. All three Board members were present for a meeting last night. They did discuss going to a 5 member Board.
The law says appointments must be made by the second Monday in April – the County Board voted on over 20 today. I don’t see how the actions of the County Board are legal, but somebody would have to file a court case so a judge can decide.