07/08/11 85 W - + 2 - 4 Fire Commission Meeting Canceled for July 21

The regular scheduled meeting for the Wake County Fire Commission on July 11, 2011, has been canceled. County staff notes the July meeting's agenda item was the Fire Commission receiving information and design options regarding the Bay Leaf Station 1 project. More time is needed to prepare this presentation by the project team, which will be delivered at the next regular scheduled meeting on September 22, 2011. With no other action items for the July 11 meeting, it has been canceled. See you on September 22.

Didn’t they not include changes or rebuilding of BL station 1?
BM - 07/08/11 - 21:23

I do not understand your question BM.
Legeros - 07/08/11 - 21:33

When the new budget was posted they had decided not to allocate any money for any upgrades or rebuilding of Bayleaf’s Station 1. So why would they be presenting design options?
BM - 07/08/11 - 22:13

BM, let me attempt an answer on this one. I was not present at the last meeting, mind you, but I have reviewed the audio recording. The annual budget for county fire services is approved by the Wake County Commissioners. They base their approval on input and recommendations from the Wake County Fire Commission.

Thus, there’s a meeting— the last meeting— where the fire commission approves the recommendation to send up the chain. The fire commission makes that decision based on input and recommendation from a fire commission subcommittee. Believe it’s called, no surprise, the budget committee. So it works like this:

Fire Comm. Budget Committee > Fire Commission > County Commissions

How does business in the budget committee work? As I understand the process, they discuss and ultimately vote on the things to take the Fire Commission. Prior to the last Fire Commission meeting in May, they conducted their voting on what they’d be recommending. One of the items that was being voted upon was the reconstruction of Bay Leaf Fire Station 1.

There was a procedural problem with the voting, as was related in the May meeting of the Fire Commission. The voting on that particular issue did not follow the established procedure. This was brought to the attention of the Fire Commission at the May meeting. And at the time the full budget recommendation was being approved, for bumping up the chain.

Here’s where my understanding of the issue gets a bit fuzzier. The Fire Commission elected to send the budget up the chain, but without the Bay Leaf project recommended, but without taking the Bay Leaf project off the table entirely. That’s my high-level understanding. Thus, the project participants in the Bay Leaf project— county fire services, county design/facilities services, Bay Leaf FD, etc.— are continuing their work, and are preparing a presentation for the Fire Commission at a coming meeting.

Clear as mud?
Legeros - 07/09/11 - 08:25

There are two recommendatons that move forward: the Fire Commission’s and the county manager’s. The Fire Commission’s recommendation did not include the station however the manager’s did. The county commissioners decide the final outcome and/or process.
A.C. Rich - 07/09/11 - 12:09

Even then, the Board of Commissioners may decide to add, augment, or delete any portions of the recommendations that are presented. The Fire Commission’s recommendation is not the “end all.”
A.C. Rich - 07/09/11 - 14:44

Sketchy, thanks
BM - 07/11/11 - 09:48

BM, what specific or general additional questions do you have? Or, rather, what’s incomplete in the above information. We may be able to get answers and explanations.
Legeros - 07/11/11 - 09:51

Nothing really specific Mike. It is just odd to me that this one particular point had some sort of ‘voting irregularity’...that makes it sound more like a loophole to get what you want rather than following the actual accepted procedures.
BM - 07/11/11 - 13:10

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