November 23, 2017 at 11:00 am #7145
This is the email that I sent to the board of directors tonight. I will forward a reply when received.
to buckner_5, glennys.lindsay, klingsporna, vertrees97734, gmsiinc, don
These fees seem excessive. Please forward the rational for the proposed fees as well as the study and any evaluations to set those fees.November 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm #7146Anonymous
Don’t most fire department charge for medical transport and ambulance fees? Jefferson County EMS does charge fees. The truth is I thought LCFR already did charge some of these fees. The fire department is now a transporting agency which means instead of waiting for Jefferson County EMS to get their ambulance here from Madras to take people to the hospital our ambulance now transports to the hospital which is less expensive than having Jefferson County EMS respond all the way from Madras. Saves a lot of time on getting a patient to the hospital but more expensive for the district. I support the ambulance fees. I’d rather have my health insurance pay our department to transport me than Jefferson County EMS driving 40 minutes longer to get here then pay them with their additional fees and mileage costs.
The $25 burn permits fee caught me off guard since I still possess a “lifetime” burn permit I was given a few years ago by the fire chief. I’m not a big fan to have a permit to burn my burn barrel. I was told the rationale for the $25 burn permit fee was to add to the kitty which helps supplment the cost of paying interns in the summer to come and live here during the high fire danger. I saw there were two or three interns helping the district last year. The fire district told me the with the aging demographics of the “full time” LOA people it is hard to get fire fighters most just can’t physically fight fires anymore. They don’t have it in the budget to pay for these firefighters. The district needs some young healthy fire fighters. I did call and ask and got some answers. I suggest people with questions either call or attend the meeting on Tuesday.November 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm #7147
My grip is not fees in general it’s going from $0 to $1000 in one fell swoop on ambulance services. Why is it all of a sudden necessary to have such a gigantic jump. I can see recovering costs but what, in fact, are these funds planned for? Burn barrels and screens cost money and if you get one you should pay for it.
Why propose this in the middle of winter when few of the residents are here to provide input. I for one am a permanent resident but have prior plans and will be in Salem on the 28th.
Where is the information on what costs are incurred providing the services listed on the fee chart. Were the numbers just pulled out of the air? When and where was public notice given regarding these fees and the public meeting to discuss them. This may be all legit but it just doesn’t smell right.
It seems that a lot of public entities develop an insatiable appetite for “more funding”….. I hope that’s not the case here.November 24, 2017 at 8:19 pm #7148
So far the only reply received is from Don Sweet… he advised attending the meeting on the 28th. I’ll be in Salem.November 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm #7149Anonymous
I don’t disagree with anything you said. My post wasn’t an endorsement of the increases I am simply restating the information I received from calling the district. I plan to attend the meeting as we are full time residents and it happens to be a week I’m not traveling for work. I am getting sick of the increase in dues and fees. The constant litigation, fee increases and what I hear another increase being considered for next year by the LOA board. I can’t imagine the strain on those living here on a fixed income.November 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm #7150John H. IlliasParticipant
I have a lifetime permit also, so I will probably be exempted from any new fees.November 26, 2017 at 10:06 pm #7151Jan LolleyParticipant
What is with this “lifetime permit”???? I have been here a long time and have never heard of them. Guess I am not one of the “elite few”!November 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm #7152Bill Wheeler Jr.Participant
We also have a lifetime burn permit signed by current fire department board member Art Dorsey.
It states “no fees for burning permits”
I honestly forgot we had the lifetime permit and have been playing nice getting the yearly permits until I saw the posts of others.
Guess it’s time to start pushing backNovember 26, 2017 at 10:48 pm #7153Anonymous
I believe the first year maybe two that fire permits were required they were issued as lifetime. We have one as well has nothing to do with “elite” just timing when they were issued and obtained. I plan to attend the meeting Tuesday and hear what the fire district board has to say.November 27, 2017 at 2:17 am #7154Robert JacobsParticipant
How does one obtain a readable copy of the Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue Fee Schedule? The only copy I found was too small to read and was overlapped with a second page. How many people are aware of a fee schedule?November 27, 2017 at 2:28 am #7155Bill Wheeler Jr.Participant
Look under announcements on our web page. There is an attachment with the fees to the ” proposed lake chinook fire & rescue fee schedule” post.November 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm #7156Carol FuchsParticipant
We also received the lifetime paperwork and expect the fire department to have the copy! Who in their right mind would put on a meeting in the middle of winter on a work day and expect our members to show up. This is another blind side attempt to go around members. We have an annual meeting to discuss this! Jerry FuchsNovember 29, 2017 at 10:08 am #7157
Hi Greg, this is Erinn, your back (actually front) neighbor. I too, was literally freaking out (for lack of what I’d really like to say here), over these “proposed” fees.
Dan just attended the mtg (I am home sick). He informs me that in any/all other counties, apparently one would pay these exact same fees, for the same services; at least that is what he learned from tonight’s mtg. Hope this helps a bit?! Regards, Erinn
PS – I have heard from more than a couple of folks now, that apparently many people have these “lifetime burn permits” – We (Dan and I) were never informed of this when we got our first (as well as subsequent) yearly burn permits (and we moved here full-time, back in 2012)! Also, we have a friend (who will remain nameless), lives here full-time as well; he informs us that he has a “lifetime permit” and has never paid a dime! Hummm…November 29, 2017 at 10:14 am #7158
How did you get your “lifetime permit;” do you recall? Erinn MayerNovember 29, 2017 at 10:16 am #7159
My point EXACTLY, Jan! Erinn
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