PINE/STRAWBERRY FUEL REDUCTION, INC.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
MAY 26, 2016
CALL TO ORDER: President Melvin Palmer called the meeting to order at 6:03 P.M. The meeting was held at the Pine Senior Dining Room Mel led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence for our first responders and the service men and women who have died in defense of our Country and freedom.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Melvin Palmer (President), Mike Brandt (Vice-President), Jack Malloy (Secretary), Nancy Hubbs (Treasurer), Janet Brandt, Katie Calderon, Ron Calderon
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES: Ron moved to approve the minutes of the April 27, 2016 meeting as presented. Katie seconded. Motion Passed.
BILLS/CORRESPONDENCE: Janet reported that there was a donation to P/SFR of $5,000 in stocks.
- FireWise Day: Katie reported that at the FireWise Day recap meeting all involved with the organization thought it was a success.
Katie moved to make the FireWise Day an annual event. Mike seconded.
Katie also recommended that the FireWise Day finances be a separate category in the accounting.
- Fire On The Rim Bike Race 2016: Katie reported that this weekend the raffle for the bikes will begin at the Ponderosa Market. Katie gave a special shout-out to Tom & Bobbie Stenerson who donated two bikes for the raffle. These will be in addition to another bike and a longboard that was donated for the raffle.
Katie noted the volunteer book for the race will be passed around for anyone in attendance who would like to volunteer for a particular job at the race or sell raffle tickets on weekends at the market. Raffle tickets will also be sold in front of the firewise trailer at each of the festivals and at Al’s barbershop. Katie asked that a message to the P/SFR email contacts be sent to solicit help with the weekly raffle ticket sales at the market. Ron recommended a meeting of bike race committee members be held soon. Janet said she would check with the committee members to see if June 20 would work. Barbara Huber made a pitch for items to donate that she and Nancy Hubbs can use to make baskets for the bike race silent auction that has been such a success in the past.
- Trails: Mike reported that the American Youth Core has been working on the Pine Canyon Trail and that they have three more weeks left and will be mostly finished with that part of the trail. He is starting to move to trail 15 (Pine Strawberry Trail) to get it into shape for the bike race. He has also been doing Spring maintenance and going over all the old trails that need work about every three years.
Fuel Reduction Efforts:
Mel reported that at last Tuesday’s Fire Board meeting there was a motion made and passed to sell the Fire Departments equipment, trailer, truck and bobcat, that they and P/SFR have used for brush pick-ups. He said there have been suggestions that the FD split the income from the sale of the truck with P/SFR because of the money P/SFR has spent getting it fixed. That would be a decision of the Fire Board. Mel went on to mentioned that there are petitions for the County and Forest Service to enlarge the RPAP brush pit that is located off the Control Road. Mike said both the County and Forest Service are supportive of the recommendation but there are first many administrative steps involved. Mike talked about the community taking more control of the brush pits. He said that the County run landfill will be closed in about five more years. He is currently investigating a situation where the County brush pit could still be used along with a machine called an air curtain burner that would burn the brush on a continual basis with no smoke, produce very little ash and generate electricity that could be sold to the grid to help pay for the cost of employees. He said an air curtain burner can cost around $120,000. Mike went on to say he would like to see this as a partnership with the County, Forest Service and P/SFR. Janet then noted that there are Biomass grants that may be available. Following there was much discussion on Mike’s ideas and the brush pits in general. Mike will keep us posted.
Mike said the brush piles that appeared before the decision to discontinue the brush pick-up are starting to disappear. It was noted that the owners who piled the brush are responsible for its removal.
Mike mentioned that on the next flyer P/SFR sends out there will be a list of contractors who will firewise properties and haul off owner’s brush piles. More discussion continued. New suggestions were noted for a Board Committee to evaluate.
ITEMS NOT ON AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION, POSSIBLE ACTION:
Mel has looked into PowerPoint projectors, screens and P.A. systems for P/SFR programs. He is soliciting help on deciding types of this equipment to purchase.
Sara Gerlach recommended Bike Race T-shirts be sold to the public. After much discussion it seemed both Janet & Katie, bike race organizers, thought it was a good idea.
SET DATE, TIME, PLACE OF NEXT P/SFR, INC. MEETING:
Wednesday June 29, 2016; 6:00 PM; Pine Senior Dining Room
Ron moved to adjourn. Mike seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 7:17 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by Jack Malloy, P/SFR Secretary
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