SCCFA bids farewell to long-time president
RUDD -- With president Harold Logan not standing for re-election, two incumbents, Fred Taylor and Bob Taylor, and one newcomer, John Howerton, were elected to the board by acclamation during the annual meeting of the South Carroll County Fire Association Monday night.
Logan has drawn considerable vocal criticism during the past year as emergency medical responders resigned from the fire department to form Osage Valley Volunteer Emergency Responder Association (OVER).
While more than 50 persons were on hand for the meeting, 44 ballots were cast in the three-way contest for two vacant positions. Victor Lichti and Jack Newberry won with 41 votes each to John Mitchell's four.
Some association members were not allowed to vote as they had not paid dues prior to July 1, as called for in by-laws.
As the meeting got underway, it was reported that the association had $4,295.44 in its general account and $5,631.13 in its 833 account, which is comprised of funds from the state which come from insurance premiums. The association raised $705 from its barbeque and $162 from a bike raffle.
Logan asked members to consider whether the association should work for a Class 8 insurance rating, which would require increased pumping capacity, or to expand the number of sub-stations so that more are within five road miles of a station.
No decision was reached, but a Crystal Mountain resident said his insurance premium would drop more with a closer fire station than it would with a Class 8 rating.
As the meeting came to a close, board member Larry Fry presented Logan with a plaque in recognition of his years of service.
Logan stated that he intends to remain involved with the fire department as a volunteer.