Here’s a letter from John Mihelich, owner of J.A. Johnny’s and candidate for Buckskin Fire Board in the 2016 election:
“Just over 2 years ago the BFD board pushed the boundaries of the spirit of the open meeting laws. They tried to fire the chief without cause. Constituents rallied and the one business person on the board finally recognized a fire decision would/could/might hurt his business so he voted no.
Now the Board with the ringleader of ‘fire the chief’ (read minutes 2 years ago) and a new incumbent are revisiting a personnel matter allowing the chief to be interim or ‘super captain’ status which was approved by the attorney and approved by a quorum of board members present. Now they want up to pay the attorney again (could be $2000 of taxpayer dollars) to revisit and make a change that was approved. The chief needed this change to preserve his livelihood – read between the lines.
And this new Board wants to readdress the decision to purchase a new fire truck which again was approved by a quorum.
I am still convinced that the board wants to;
(1) remove the Chief absent cause
(2) close the Upriver station
(3) severely restrict services that save lives and protect property
(4) select a Chief that was a past board member voted out in the last election and has 2 board members in his pocket and will be the puppet these two board members want.
The next meeting is January 25th, 2017 at 6pm. Check agenda for a possible time change. If they have an executive session prior to the open meeting let’s be there then. Please let as many people know about this important meeting.
I unsuccessfully ran for the Fire Board. I ran because I support the BFD. This board will be as dysfunctional as the ones voted out years back. I still support the BFD but despise the capricious and malicious actions of 2 and 1/2 board members. We need to remind them and show them that they represent us not their petty agenda.
PS – They are skirting the spirit and intent of open meeting laws NOW.
– John Mihelich, aka JA Johnny
Parker Live hasn’t been able to evaluate most of these claims, or what may or may not be going on at BFD, but I’m hoping to have an article upcoming in the next month or so about the latest at the fire department.