Become “WinterWise” Event Hosted by Puyallup’s McLendon Hardware and Pierce County Utilities, DEM

Pierce County is gearing up to respond to winter weather, and community members are encouraged to do the same.

Residents can learn about Pierce County’s response efforts and how they can prepare for winter weather at the WinterWise Kickoff Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at McLendon Hardware at 11307 Canyon Road E. in Puyallup.

County staff from Public Works and Utilities and the Department of Emergency Management will provide information about county services during winter weather, as well as tips on how to make a family plan for emergencies and build an emergency kit. Children will be able to paint a snow plow that will be used on local roads during snow and ice events. Adults can pick up a list of recommended emergency kit items, and McLendon’s will offer a discount for shoppers that stop by the WinterWise and other vendor booths.

“Public Works and Utilities plays an important role in responding to winter weather, and we encourage people to become familiar with our programs so they know what to expect and who to contact if they need assistance,” said Brian Ziegler, Public Works and Utilities director. “Our WinterWise website also has resources on ways to be sustainable during winter celebrations, such as treecycling, and information on ways to keep sewer pipes functioning properly, such as not flushing wipes and keeping grease from holiday meals out of drains.”

The WinterWise Kickoff Event is part of Public Works and Utilities’ WinterWise outreach program to educate the community about the services the department provides during winter. Those services include response to urban and river flooding, windstorms, and snow and ice events, as well as information on storm cleanup and sustainable winter celebrations. Public Works and Utilities partnered with the Department of Emergency Management this year to help promote emergency preparedness.

“Creating an emergency kit and a family plan are crucial steps we all should take to be ready for winter weather,” said Lowell Porter, Department of Emergency Management director. “At the event, we’ll have the key information you need to get started.”

For more information on Pierce County’s winter services, visitwww.piercecountywa.org/winterwise.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
(253) 798-4655
srhineh@co.pierce.wa.us

Sheri Badger, Department of Emergency Management
(253) 798-2204
sbadger@co.pierce.wa.us

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2014 The NW Fire Blog

City of Sammamish Passes Resolution: A New List of Demands Follow

Sammamish, Washington – The City of Sammamish has finally come to an agreement with its Fire Services issues and ILA agreement with the Eastside Fire & Rescue – well, sort of.

The Resolution (R2013-552)

The below Resolution (R2013-552) was posted today at 1320 Hours on the City of Sammamish’s website and it is word for word.

CITY OF SAMMAMISH WASHINGTON 

RESOLUTION NO. R2013-552
______________________________________________

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SAMMAMISH, WASHINGTON, REGARDING FIRE SERVICES

WHEREAS, the City of Sammamish has received fire services through Eastside Fire & Rescue since the City was incorporated; and,

WHEREAS, Eastside Fire & Rescue is a partnership created through an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Sammamish, the City of Issaquah, the City of North Bend, Washington Fire Protection District 10, and Washington Fire Protection District 38; and,

WHEREAS, the current Eastside Fire & Rescue Interlocal Agreement expires December 31, 2014 and will be renewed automatically for an additional 7 years unless a partner provides
notice of withdrawal by January 31, 2014; and,

WHEREAS, the Eastside Fire & Rescue funding formula places disproportionate emphasis on property values rather than other significant factors, such as the number of calls for service and
fire station move-ups; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Sammamish engaged a consultant firm and appointed a Technical Advisory Board composed of former City Council members to assist the City in determining how
best to provide high quality and cost-effective fire services following the expiration of the Interlocal Agreement; and,

WHEREAS, on June 5, 2012 the consultant and Technical Advisory Board recommended that the City modify the manner by which fire services are provided to Sammamish residents; and,

WHEREAS, on June 18, 2012 the City Council adopted Resolution R2012-498 – Approving the Recommendations of the Fire Services Technical Advisory Board; and,

WHEREAS, Resolution R2012-498 authorized the City Manager to work with the City Council and the City’s EF&R Partners to revise the EF&R Interlocal Agreement to reflect a governance and funding model that fully addresses the findings and conclusions of the Consultant and Technical Advisory Board.

These include:

 A funding model for operations that includes a 50/50 split between assessed value and calls for service as an integral part of the Interlocal Agreement.

 Retention of existing veto powers.

 Crediting Emergency Medical Service levy collections attributable to each partner as a part of their individual operating fund contribution.

 Base the Equipment/Facilities Reserves Fund contributions on usage.

 Retention of City ownership of capital assets with building maintenance responsibility retained by the City.

 18 month notice of termination; and,

WHEREAS, Resolution R2012-498 further authorized the City Manager to pursue negotiations for a contract with EF&R, a contract with the City of Redmond, the creation of a City
Fire Department, or other reasonable alternatives if the EF&R Partners had not agreed to a revised Interlocal Agreement incorporating the principles embodied in Resolution R2012-498 by September 17, 2012; and,

WHEREAS, representatives from Fire District 10 and the City of Issaquah rejected the City’s proposal to revise the EF&R Interlocal Agreement in a manner that would embody the
principles set forth in Resolution R2012-498; and,

WHEREAS, in 2012 Sammamish paid 29% of EF&R’s operational costs but only received 18% of the calls for service; and,

WHEREAS, on September 17, 2012 the City Council accordingly voted to: “Authorize the City Manager to continue working with the Eastside Fire and Rescue Partners until July 1, 2013
to revise the Interlocal Agreement to achieve a governance, funding formula, and a service delivery model that fully addresses the concerns raised in the consultant’s and Technical Advisory Board’s reports.

These include:

 A funding model for operations that includes a 50/50 split between assessed value and calls for service as an integral part of the Interlocal Agreement.

 Retention of existing veto powers.

 Crediting Emergency Medical Service levy collections attributable to each partner as a part of their individual operating fund contribution.

 Base the Equipment/Facilities Reserves Fund contributions on usage.

 Retention of city ownership of capital assets with building maintenance responsibility retained by the City

 18 month notice of termination; and,

WHEREAS, on October 4, 2012 the EF&R Committee of the Whole formed two committees; the Funding Model Committee and the Service Delivery Model Committee; and,

WHEREAS, Sammamish City Council Representatives and City Staff participated in all Funding Model Committee and the Service Delivery Model Committee meetings; and,

WHEREAS, on February 2, 2013, and as a result of careful consideration of matters put forth by the Funding Model Committee and the Service Delivery Model Committee, the City Council reviewed and expressed support for a new Funding Formula called the “75/25 Plan,” which is summarized on the attached Exhibit A and which includes:

 Issaquah Park & Ride Fire Station #72 – 75% Paid by Issaquah and 25% treated as a Regional Asset and paid for by all 5 Partners

 Sammamish Pine Lake Fire Station #81 – 75% Paid by Sammamish and 25% treated as a Regional Asset and paid for by all 5 Partners.

 75% of the operational cost for each Fire Station based on Assessed Value.

 25% of the operational cost for each Fire Station based on Calls for Service.
o Fire Calls for Service weighed 75%
o Medical Calls for Service weighed 25%; and,

WHEREAS, at the March 18, 2013 EF&R Funding Model Committee Meeting, the 75/25 Plan was rejected by three of the EF&R Partners: Issaquah, Fire District 10, and Fire District 38;
and,

WHEREAS on July 15, 2013 the FCS Group presented its review of the City’s preliminary fire department cost analysis to the City Council; and,

WHEREAS, from August 2013 – October 2013 Sammamish City Council Representatives and City Staff participated in a series of facilitated meetings with the other EF&R Partners; and,

WHEREAS, on October 10, 2013 Sammamish City Council Representatives and City Staff participated in a facilitated discussion of the funding formula, and,

WHEREAS, EF&R Partners were unable to reach an agreement to revise the Interlocal Agreement funding formula; and,

WHEREAS, on October 14, 2013 the Sammamish City Council held an open public meeting to solicit comments from our citizens regarding fire and emergency services, and at which the FCS Group and the Technical Advisory Board presented their City Fire Department Analysis to the City Council; and,

WHEREAS, on October 29, 2013 the Sammamish City Council held an open public meeting to solicit additional comments from our citizens regarding fire and emergency services; and,

WHEREAS, on November 5, 2013 the City Manager recommended that the City remain in the EF&R Partnership provided that: all Partners agree to a new funding formula (as outlined in Section 2 below) by December 15, 2013 and that all Partners’ governing boards approve an amendment to the ILA by January 17, 2014 which includes changes brought forth by the Partners through an EF&R Ad Hoc Committee as recommended changes, and approved by the EF&R Board of Directors by January 9, 2014; and,

WHEREAS, the FCS Group’s analysis clearly demonstrated that a City of Sammamish community-based fire department could provide an equal or higher level of fire service than the
level of service now provided by EF&R for a similar cost; and,

WHEREAS, the Technical Advisory Board unanimously recommended that the City Council adopt a Resolution notifying EF&R of the City’s intention to withdraw from the EF&R Partnership at the end of 2014 and begin the process of forming a community-based City of Sammamish Fire Department;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAMMAMISH, WASHINGTON, DO RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Withdrawal from Interlocal Agreement.

The City Manager is hereby directed to provide to all other EF&R Partners a Notice of Withdrawal by Sammamish from the Eastside Fire & Rescue Interlocal Agreement. As set forth in Section 16.1 of the Interlocal Agreement, Sammamish shall provide its Notice of Withdrawal to all other parties to the Eastside Fire & Rescue Interlocal Agreement not later than January 22, 2014.

Section 2. City Manager Authorization.

The City Manager is hereby authorized to continue to work with the other EF&R Partners, within the time frame described below, to revise the Interlocal Agreement to implement the principles set forth in the 85/15 Plan attached as Exhibit A and includes:

 A 85/15 Plan funding formula to include at a minimum:

o Issaquah Park & Ride Fire Station #72 – 75% paid by Issaquah and 25% treated as a Regional Asset and paid for by all 5 Partners.

o Sammamish Pine Lake Fire Station #81 – 75% paid by Sammamish and 25% treated as a Regional Asset and paid for by all 5 Partners.

o 85% of the operational cost for each Fire Station based on Assessed Value.

o 15% of the operational cost for each Fire Station based on Calls for Service.

 Fire Calls for Service weighed 75%

 Medical Calls for Service weighed 25%

The City Manager is also authorized to work with Council Member Gerend, Sammamish’s representative to the EF&R Funding Model Ad Hoc Committee (and continuing representative to the Ad Hoc Committee, if and when the EF&R Board expands the directive of said committee to review proposed ILA changes and/or operating procedures).

The City Manager will help Council Member Gerend to encourage our EF&R partners to expedite the Committee’s action of polling partners for initial changes to the ILA and recommending said changes to the Board of Directors no later than December 15, 2013.

The proposed changes or clarifications to the ILA or operating procedures that Sammamish is delivering to the Ad Hoc Committee for consideration are;

 The Funding Formula shall be revised as described above, and incorporated into the new Interlocal Agreement.  

Changes in governance of and membership in EF&R shall require unanimous approval of all partners.

 Individual partners shall continue to retain ownership and title to their respective fire stations, vehicles, and equipment consistent with the fire stations, vehicles, and equipment each entity brought into the partnership. 

 Depreciation and maintenance of vehicles and equipment shall be the financial responsibility of the partner assigned the vehicles and equipment.

 Vehicles and equipment considered to be regional assets (such as the boat or emergency trailer) shall have the depreciation and maintenance paid by all partners in the same proportion as their respective operating contributions. 

 Each partner shall select its representatives to the EF&R Board of Directors.

 An Operations Committee composed of staff from each of the partners shall be formed. Each partner shall select its representative to the Operations Committee.

o The Operations Committee will serve in an advisory capacity and as a resource for the EF&R Board.

o The Operations Committee’s responsibilities will include:

 Exploring ways to tailor services to be more cost effective and reduce overhead, develop partnerships with cities to provide communications, finance support, assist in budget preparation, explore possible service area modifications, adjustments to staffing levels to create greater flexibility, and striving to improve the quality and delivery of service through innova-tive service delivery concepts.

 Budget approval shall require approval by at least six members of the EF&R Board

In continuing to work with the other EF&R Partners, the City Manager will request that the EF&R Board approve the new funding formula change by December 15, 2013 and that EF&R Partner City Councils and Fire District Boards adopt the Amendments to the Interlocal Agreement by
January 17, 2014.

If all EF&R Partner City Councils and Fire District Boards have not adopted the EF&R Board approved Amendments to the Interlocal Agreement by January 17, 2014, the City Manager is
hereby authorized to take all steps necessary to initiate the City of Sammamish Fire Department and to include necessary transition funds in the City’s 2014 Budget as generally described in the FCS Group’s City Fire Department Analysis.

Section 3. Effective Date.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon signing

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AT A SPECIAL MEETING THEREOF ON
THE 12TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013.
CITY OF SAMMAMISH

________________________
Mayor Thomas T. Odell

ATTEST/AUTHENTICATED:

_________________________
Melonie Anderson, City Clerk

Approved as to form:

_________________________
Michael Kenyon, City Attorney

Filed with the City Clerk: November 7, 2013
Passed by the City Council: November 12, 2013
Resolution Number: R2013-552

The City Defines the Resolution

“In a unanimous vote on Nov. 13, the City Council agreed to continue efforts to finalize a new partnership agreement with Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R). The new agreement, the details of which are still being negotiated, would reduce the city’s share of EF&R costs by over $400,000 per year, or about $2.8 million over the course of a seven-year deal.

Among other things, the city is asking for the following:

  • Instead of being based solely on assessed valuation, the funding formula should give weight to “calls for service.”
  • Changes in EF&R’s governance and membership should require a unanimous vote of the partners.
  • Partners will retain ownership and title to their respective fire stations, vehicles and other equipment.
  • EF&R should form an “operations committee” composed of staff from each of the partners. The committee would serve in an advisory capacity to the EF&R Board.

Since the city is obligated to make a decision about staying with EF&R by the end of January, 2014, the city is asking the other partners to finalize the new agreement by January 17. If an agreement is not reached, the resolution approved by the City Council on Nov. 12 gives the city manager authority to begin forming a city fire department that would be operational in 2015. The city’s current agreement with EF&R runs through 2014.”

Tomorrow, the Board of Directors with EF&R will meet to discuss the new list of demands its Partner, the City of Sammamish has placed upon the ILA.  If all Partners do not agree, Sammamish has given it’s authorization for its City Manager to pull out of the agreement by January 22, 2014 in which turn he will start transitioning over to the City Fire Department.

What Can Residents Do?

Send an email to the City Council:

citycouncil@ci.sammamish.us

Send an email to the City Council:

John Curley – jcurley@sammamish.us
Tom O’Dell (Mayor) – todell@sammamish.us
Romiro Valderrama – rvalderrama-aramayo@sammamish.us
Nancy Whitten – nwhitten@sammamish.us
John James – jjames@sammamish.us
Don Gerend – dgerend@sammamish.us
Tom Vance – tvance@sammamish.

OR

Drop us a line at nwfireblog@comcast.net.

We will continue to report on this story as more information is received.  Thanks to all for your hard work, dedication and public input!

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