Consolidated Fire board OKs purchase of new vehicles |

Consolidated Fire board OKs purchase of new vehicles

The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously approved the purchase of additional utility vehicles totaling around $73,000.

Deputy Chief Jerry Funk presented the purchase of two 2015 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4X4 pickup trucks from Downtown Ford Fleet Sales in Sacramento, each costing $36,479.54.

“We haven’t purchased vehicles since 2008, and some of the other ones are well used,” Funk said.

The vehicles will include new all terrain tires, reverse cameras, tow command brake controllers, and vehicle alarms with glass breakage. The vehicles will not be delivered to fire staff until Jan. 1, 2016.

In other business, the board unanimously approved fire staff to enter into an agreement with Sacramento Valley Limited Partnership, Verizon Wireless to lease a portion of property at 14400 Golden Star Road in Grass Valley.

The board also authorized to invite a bid for asphalt repair projects for fire stations 84 and 88.

Board members also reviewed the district’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget and five-year projection Thursday, with Finance Manager Jeff Van Groningen presenting the proposed budget.

According to documents, as of July 31 the district had a total cash balance of $755,371.

Documents also state that the district will see a more than $1 million increase in wage and benefit expenditures from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

Revenues for the district will increase by more than $620,000 in that same time.

Fire Chief Jim Turner said some of the expenditures will come from an intern training program that will give stations more personnel.

The district’s finance committee will meet in the coming weeks. A resolution to approve the final budget will be presented to board members at their next meeting.

In closed session, board member conducted an employee performance evaluation for Turner.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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