BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
TRUCKEE MEADOWS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIERRA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
TUESDAY 5:00 p.m. JUNE 17, 2014
14-95F AGENDA ITEM 9
Agenda Subject: "Discussion and possible action on Amended Cooperative Agreement between Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Storey County to provide for cooperative use of fire protection capital assets and automatic aid service; and possible adoption of a resolution to change the boundary line between Washoe and Storey Counties in the area of the Truckee River and the Tahoe Reno Industrial Park authorized by SB 272 of the 2013 Nevada Legislature and as described in Section 1.5 of the bill."
between the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) and the Storey County Fire Protection District (SCFPD) to provide, among other items that the SCFPD would provide, automatic aid assistance in an area of Washoe County within the East Truckee Canyon from the Vista Exit off I-80 on the west to the Lyon County boundary line on the east, and including all areas of Wadsworth within the TMFPD territory. He noted that SB 272 had a separate provision for a boundary line change for an area known as Sunny Hills, but this agenda item did not include that particular boundary line change.
Slaughter said there had been 10 boundary line changes previously in the County
since 1861 with most being initiated by the Legislature. He said this boundary
line change only became effective upon the final agreement of both Washoe and
Storey County Commissions. He said the property owners supported the boundary
line change and, if approved, intended to develop the area with all necessary
Slaughter commented that initial discussions had occurred with
• Special Service Territory – Storey County would provide automatic aid assistance, including Advanced Life Support (ALS) to the TMFPD in an area of Washoe County within the East Truckee Canyon from the Vista Exit off I-80 on the west, to the Lyon County boundary line on the east, including all areas of Wadsworth within the TMFPD territory.
Future Joint Staffing of Fire Station – Storey County's Fire Station No. 75,
located within the TRI had a capacity to be jointly staffed in the future by
personnel of the SCFPD and the TMFPD. Joint staffing would delay or eliminate
the need for the TMFPD to build a fire station and would reduce operating costs
for the TMFPD to provide service to the area. No decision to jointly staff the
station was implied; further, the decision to provide TMFPD personnel to
Slaughter said the area currently generated property tax revenue of
approximately $27,455 per year with about $1,500 sent to the State. He said the
TMFPD collected about $4,500,
Berkbigler asked if there were any
Humke said there was a reference from a Senate Government Affairs hearing in
2013 about a
Hartung saw this as two distinct items, amending the Cooperative Agreement, and
the adoption of the resolution for the boundary line adjustment. He said the
Board had been under the impression there would be a revenue sharing of
approximately $600,000 per year. He felt the way this was put together was not
the way it had first been portrayed to the Board. He inquired on the numbers of
fire calls for the area in the
TMFPD Fire Chief Charles Moore distributed a data sheet of the incidents along the I-80 corridor, which was placed on file with the Clerk. He reviewed the statistics for the year-to-date responses to that area.
Commissioner Hartung suggested having the revenue sharing option for the County.
Chairman Humke said there were two parts to Commissioner Hartung's question, the revenue sharing agreement, and the replacement provision which was the provision of fire services. He questioned if there was a way to enter into a revenue sharing option.
Lipparelli, Legal Counsel, commented that Dillon's Rule noted that,
"counties could only do what the Legislature said what a county could
do." He said the Legislature had not said that counties may make deals
with one another to share property tax revenue. He reported there was no
prohibition against that so the Board had to determine what could be done about
the Legislative silence on the issue. If the Counties made an arrangement to
have revenue sharing, it would work as long as both parties honored the
agreement; however, if a future Storey County Commission began questioning the
exporting of dollars to
Commissioner Hartung stated his support for the boundary line adjustment as long as revenue could be shared, but per legal advice, he said the County would have to return to the Legislature.
Jung questioned if
Commissioner Weber originally believed that revenue would be shared; however, she felt that a fire station far exceeded any revenue that the County would receive. She did not agree that the County should return to the Legislature and felt this was a positive move for future services.
Berkbigler asked if the County had any infrastructure on the opposite side of
the highway. Mr. Slaughter understood that
Humke inquired on a quantification of value that
Moore explained there were some costs that could be quantified, but others were
intangible. He said an intangible cost savings occurred because the TMFPD was
not responding all the way down the I-80 corridor and that the SCFPD could
arrive first on-scene. He said the benefit to the TMFPD was that the apparatus
Humke questioned if the SCFPD had a transport license for medical calls. He
said REMSA sometimes did not respond in a timely manner to the
Commissioner Hartung suggested a cross agreement that included fire services since he felt the County in the future would be responsible to help staff the TRI Fire Station. He agreed that staff should review a revenue sharing option and the component of automatic and mutual aid if the arrangement for fire changed in the future, the revenue sharing still existed. He commented that the process could begin now and then staff could attend the 2015 Legislature with the agreement to be codified by the Legislature.
Mr. Slaughter clarified that the I-80 corridor was still in the current Franchise Agreement with REMSA and any transport in that area would be through mutual aid with REMSA being the primary responder. Secondly, he said there was nothing implied in the amended Cooperative Agreement that said a decision had been made to jointly staff TMFPD staff in the Storey County Station, but noted it would be the decision of the TMFPD.
Weber stated there was value in having the
Commissioner Hartung appreciated having a station staffed in that area, but asked where the second engine would come from if needed. Chief Moore stated the second engine would come from the Hidden Valley Station. Commissioner Hartung questioned if staff could research a fire and revenue sharing process where the long-term ramifications were understood with a joint agreement.
Commissioner Weber asked if there was a total amount requested for revenue sharing and could that be weighed against the advantage of fire services. Mr. Slaughter said the point was never reached during discussions where an amount was quantified.
Commissioner Jung asked if there was a fire station requirement in the Industrial Park. Mr. Slaughter did not have the answer to that question.
Commissioner Berkbigler moved to amend the Cooperative Agreement between the TMFPD and Storey County to provide for cooperative use of fire protection capital assets and automatic aid service; and further moved to adopt a resolution to change the boundary lines between Washoe County and Storey County in the area of the Truckee River and the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park authorized by SB 272 of the 2013 Nevada Legislature as described in Section 1.5 of the bill. Commissioner Weber seconded the motion.
Mr. Lipparelli said the motion was fine as made, but the TMFPD was not adopting a resolution to change the County boundary lines. He said the motion to adopt the resolution applied only to the Board of County Commissioners.
Commissioner Hartung asked if staff would be directed to review any revenue sharing options. Chairman Humke said the motion could be amended.
Commissioner Hartung amended the motion to include a revenue sharing option as well as the option for fire with the automatic aid agreement. Commissioner Jung seconded the amendment.
Lipparelli clarified when the Legislature approved the bill authorizing the
boundary line change, it said the boundary line was changed when both boards of
county commissioners adopted a resolution changing the boundary line. Once the
resolution was adopted by
In response to the call for public comment, Jim Gubbels, REMSA President, said the mutual aid agreements were in place. He said the mutual aid agreements would be used on patients that were seriously injured or ill, and he would work with the Fire Chiefs in those areas to provide the best service.
Berkbigler asked for clarification on the amended motion. She questioned if
Chairman Humke said that was his understanding on the main motion and the amendment to the motion. Commissioner Berkbigler said since the original motion included the Cooperative Agreement between the TMFPD and the SCFPD that would also be placed into effect. She understood that the amended motion would have the two staff's working together and arrive at a potential revenue sharing that might be considered at a later date.
Chairman Humke clarified that the boundary line change would be effective immediately upon passing of the original motion. He said the amended motion was to negotiate a revenue sharing option.
Hartung asked if there were any issues with
Chairman Humke proposed taking a vote on the motion to amend. On call for the question to amend the original motion and include staff's negotiating a revenue sharing option, the motion passed on a 3 to 2 vote with Commissioners Berkbigler and Weber voting "no."
On call for the question on the main motion, the motion passed on a 3 to 2 vote with Commissioners Weber and Hartung voting "no."
The Interlocal Agreement and Resolution are attached hereto and made a part of the minutes thereof.
[The Interlocal Agreement and Resolution are in the PDF version of the minutes: Click here.]