Reed Boyd, President
Tom Dodds, Vice President
Dennis Wright, Treasurer
Judy Canion, Assistant Treasurer
Tom Quirk, Secretary
TRAVIS COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRICT NO.
5: BOARD MEETING MINUTES, APRIL 2, 2020
CALL TO ORDER AND ESTABLISH A QUORUM: The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Commissioner
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Meeting ID: 494 448 162
a. COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: All
b. COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: N/A
c. MFD MANAGEMENT: Chief Barron, Jennifer Seidel
d. VISITORS: Mr. Walters – Land developer
- MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 12 2020 BOARD MEETING WERE APPROVED
- PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mr. Walters spoke in regards to the land avail for potential station 502 – he
requested a concept site plan/wish list from the ESD including impervious cover. He mentioned that we
would have a choice to have our own utilities or regional distribution. Cost or charitable donation to be
discussed at a later date. Jennifer Seidel to get with the attorney regarding tax implications. The board
will have a separate meeting to discuss the new station and planning.
- ESD TREASURER’S REPORT: Balanced Accounting and Financial Reports were presented by
Commissioner Wright. NO objection.
- MANCHACA FIRE RESCUE REPORT: Chief Barron presented the attached written report. Certain
*One fatality fire on March 30 on Bear Canyon Drive
**Medical calls of priority 3,4,5 are not being dispatched for FD response
PR Related Events:
• 1 Birthday parties
• 2 personnel evaluated for Covid-19 – 1 tested negative, the other we are waiting on results
• Began accepting application for 6 part time positions – Approximately 20 applications received. Hiring process put on
hold due to Covid pandemic
• Live fire training setup for March 30 and April 3rd for the shifts. March 30th training did not occur due to structure fire
• Office Staff Seidel and Barron have begun rotation on a work from home/office schedule where two people are most
likely not in the office at the same time.
• Firefighters have been given instructions on station disinfection, social distancing, etc
• o One day that we had both engines out of service for a short time frame. The manual pump engage would work on
E511 and it was quickly put in service. Both engine received repairs within 72 hours and are fully operational
o F150 truck arrived and is being put into service
o UTV had lift kit installed and will need to have skid unit wired up in order to be put in service
o Received quote to move all traffic pre-emption devices from COA intersections to ESD 5 intersections
o We have been given a good supply of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer from Menchaca Elementary school. This
GREATLY helped to fulfill our need when we were not able to locate
o 2 boxes of quantity of 20each covid-19 rapid response test kits have been ordered for us to be able to test our
personnel. Current county test requires a Q-tip up the nose and approximately a 48hour wait. Tests we will administer
will require a finger prick and results within 15minutes
• Received correspondence from the ISO office that they are recommending a Class 2 be given to our department/area.
We are just 3.95 points away from a Class 1. Chief Barron will request a Class Details meeting to go over the grading
before a final grading is published.
• Reached out to station design firm doing Pflugerville’s station – have had an initial consultation with the firm
• Additional correspondence with the land developer on the land for future station. Identified a location for the station
on a map
• Water well project has been placed on hold due to “non-essential” work and will begin once they have been given an
all clear in the county
- DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING DISASTER PLANNING, BUNKER GEAR COST, DISASTER
DECLARATION: Bunker Gear purchase was approved up to 35k (per Chief we have been awarded 15k grant from
Texas Forest as well) on motion by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Quirk. All in favor.
Commissioner Boyd and Chief Barron created a preemptive disaster planning notice in favor that Chief has the
authority to purchase items for Covid-19.
- DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING TRAFFIC PREEMPTION REPLOCATION PROJECT
BUDGET REQUEST: CTC Traffic preemption relocation project was approved up to 25k by
commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Dodds. All in favor.
- DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING AUXILIARY GROUP UPDATES/REQUESTS OR
APPROVALS NEEDED BY THE BOARD. Chief Barron requested that the Auxiliary put together a plan to
deliver meals to the shifts.
- SET AGENDA ITEMS AND DATE FOR MAY MEETING. MAY 7, 2020
- ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:33 pm