MERIDIAN VALLEY MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 11, 2009

CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT JACK OTTINI at 7:04 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:  Jack Ottini, Terry Lavery, Ed Bangsund, Jim Schack, Frank Wisdom, Bob Steiner, and Cheryl Havener

Absent: Bill McLaughlin and Ryan Thrower

Guests:  Jim Schneider, Fire Chief; Greg Markley, Battalion Chief; Larry Rabel, Captain, and Suzette Cooke, Mayor of Kent

Data concerning the current Kent Fire Department’s standard of coverage relating to Stations 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76 and 77 were distributed (copy in file).  The Fire Department has looked to the future to anticipate where building and urban growth will occur.  It is anticipated that eventually they will need twelve fire stations.  Data is being evaluated to decide what is best for the community.  The department continually strives to meet accreditation standards for response time.  Response time depends on whether a unit is available to respond, distance, and traffic.  Most responses are now made in a total time of seven minutes or less – from dispatch, turn-out, and drive time.  The department is trying to match resources to risk.  Data was presented which showed population and the number of responses.  Station 72 (SE 256th by the south gate) was needed in the 74 (116th Ave. SE) region partly due to that station not having a pump fire truck.  From June 2007 to May 2008, the Meridian Valley community had 46 responses – eleven to the club, seven false calls, two fires, and the rest were health related.  Data is still being collected and more will be known by fall of 2009.  Fire station 72 will not change in 2008, but on a six month trial, equipment will be moved to station 74 for part of each day.  Fire station 78 (east end of SE 256th) will open Monday February16th.  The line of communication is open and future communications welcomed.

PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES:  Approved as written

TREASURER’S REPORT:  Jim Schack

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

COMMON GROUNDS:  Ed Bangsund

SECURITY:  Terry Lavery

FACILITIES:  Jack Ottini

ARCHITECTURAL:  Frank Wisdom

WEBSITE:  Robert Steiner

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:  Jack Ottini

NEW BUSINESS:

MEETING ADJOURNED: 9:15 p.m.

Minutes prepared by Cheryl Havener