Fire Board

Left to right: Jim Johnson (Laketown), Patrick Dietrich (Laketown/Chair), Tim Hofman (Fillmore), Bob Younker (Filmore)

Graafschap Fire Board Members

Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Minutes

Minutes from 1/14/25 meeting:

Approved MINUTES

         GRAAFSCHAP FIRE BOARD

                                                                         4534 60TH STREET

                                                                       HOLLAND, MI 49423

                                                                           (616) 335-3050

                                           SERVING LAKETOWN AND FILLMORE TOWNSHIPS

                                                                           January 11, 2024

  1. CALL TO ORDER

Chairperson Bob Yonker called the meeting to order at 8:03 a.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bob Yonker, Tim Hofman, Patrick Dietrich, Jim Johnson

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

STAFF PRESENT: Graafschap Fire Department Chief Doug DenBleyker, Deputy Chief Mike Capel, Captain Dave Grumney; Laketown Township Manager Al Meshkin, Laketown Township Public Information Coordinator Jim Hayden

  1. APROVAL OF MINUTES

The board reviewed the minutes of the Sept. 6, 2023, meeting. A motion was made by Hofman, second by Dietrich to approve the minutes as submitted. Chair Yonker called for a vote on the motion. UNANIMOUS DECISION VOICE VOTE– MOTION APPROVED 4-0.

  1. UPDATE FROM CHIEF
  2. 2023 stats

DenBleyker explained year-end statistics, noting a total number of calls at 774, which is a drop of 129 calls from the previous year.

  • Pumper/tanker

DenBleyker said the chassis is ordered. The department has not yet chosen the paint color.

  1. OLD BUSINESS — None
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • Budget proposal

The board discussed the proposed 2024-2025 fiscal year budget, agreeing to add $10,000 to the “Maintenance” category for a total of $40,000, and adding $10,000 to the “Building Maintenance” category for a total of $40,000.

Motion by Johnson, second by Dietrich, to recommend to each township board the approval of the Graafschap Fire Department proposed budget fiscal year 2024-2025 as amended. Chair Yonker called for a vote on the motion. UNANIMOUS DECISION VOICE VOTE – MOTION APPROVED 4-0.

  • Fire board work shops

DenBleyker will email board members to set up workshops.

  • CITIZENS COMMENTS

No comments

Yonker adjourned the meeting

Next Meeting will be at 0800, 5/30/2024 at the firehouse.


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