Monday, September 7, 2009

IFPD reschedules its meeting

For fire departments, fall can be a very disruptive and random time of year bringing the advent of "fire season"

IFPD Commission Chair, Paul Riggi, notified the Town Crier that the regularly scheduled IFPD meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 8 has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. (of course the usual pre-meeting workshop will commence at 5 p.m.).

Interestingly, Riggi called after the above photo was taken. If you click on it, you will see its the agenda for the Aug. 11 meeting.

For those who attended in person or vicariously by reading the report in the Town Crier, it was an interesting and good meeting. Some might place it in the "Top Ten IFPD meetings", but worth repeating?

Nah, and that's the value of this photo taken today about 9 a.m. It is not the agenda for the Sept. 8 meeting. The notice wa tacked to the wall just to the left of entrance to the fire station.

The regular monthly IFPD meeting has been set for the second Tuesday of each month. For September, that's tomorrow, Sept. 8.

The intrusive Brown Act (Ca. Gov't code sections 54950 to 54963) requires public bodies to post their agenda 72 hours in advance of the meeting. That allows the public which may be interested in attending to know what will be discussed or what actions taken, even if it approval for a bake sale to buy another fire engine.

Since IFPD had scheduled its meeting for 5 p.m., Sept. 8, the agenda for the meeting should have been posted in three public places by 5 p.m., Saturday.

I didn't see the new agenda Sunday morning and upon returning Monday, the old one was still there, so I photographed.

When asked what had they done, I replied, "Nothing." A few hours later, I received a call from Mr. Riggi and agreed to post the meeting change on-line.

See ya Thursday.


  1. Nice reporting. Thank you.

    I am curious about what will be the leadership of the IFPD Board of Commissioners after the recently elected members take their seats.

    How is the president of the new board chosen?

    Could you post a link to the bylaws of the commission?

  2. Appreciate the note and nice comment, but really happy that somebody is reading.

    The IFPD bylaws are on not available on-line, but you can visit the IFPD Web site:

    During the recent commissioner campaign several candidates recommended putting the by-laws, meeting agenda and minutes on line.

    According to the recently adopted (Feb. 3, 2009) IFPD adminstrative regulations (# 107) the "Board of Commissioners shall elect by majority vote at the January meetin (or regular meegin of choice) for a term of one (1) year minimum the following officers:
    a. President
    b. Vice-President
    c. Secretary/Treasurer.

    The current officers are Paul Riggi, Glen McWilliams and Ben Killingsworth, in the above order.

    The composition of the commission on Dec. 4 (assuming no resignations) will be Pete Capparelli, Jeannine Charles-Stigall, Ben Killingsworth, Paul Riggi and Dr. Charles "Chip" Schelly.

  3. That's me again!

    You say "....for a term of one (1) year minimum..." .
    I am confused.

    Was the current president (Paul Riggi) elected for a one year term?
    If not, could that preclude the coming board from electing a new president?

    Thanks again.

    PS: the idea of "putting the by-laws, meeting agenda and minutes on line" is very good. I might even suggest to also add financial information.

  4. Hi,

    thanks for reading.

    I quoted the language of the IFPD Admin Regulation; however the minutes of the Feb. 3, 2009 meeting, which is when the current officers were chosen, does not indicate their terms were greater than one year.

    I also don't remember anyone recommending a longer term.

    I suppose the language represents someone's thinking that the officer terms my coincide with the commissioner elections. Every two years, 2 or 3 commissioners are elected. Officers could be chosen for two-year terms that match the commissioner cycles.

    At least, that's a plausible explanation of the author's thinking.

    From a practical perspective, I believe the new commission will choose their officers this winter, but remember I am not an attorney. Thank God.


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