November 21 2013 Fire Commissioners Monthly Meeting

                                                November 21 2013 Fire Commissioners Monthly Meeting



1305 hrs


No executive session.


Present: Fire Commissioner Mycock, Fire Commissioner Field

Absent: Fire Commissioner Nailor



Amy Kates, Barbara Trainor-Tessier


FC Field made a motion to accept the Fire Commissioner September meeting minutes, seconded by Fire Commissioner Mycock. Motion carried.


FC Field makes a motion to accept the Fire Commissioner Special Meeting October 15, 2013 meeting minutes. Seconded by FC Mycock, motion carried.



Concern citizen, Barbara Trainor-Tessier requesting that minutes need to be accurate and complete


Concern citizen, Barbara Trainor-Tessier read letter dated March 18, 2013 to the Cotuit Board of Fire Commissioners and requested that the letter be placed in minutes.  The March 18, 2013 letter from Ms. Trainor-Tessier stated “I would like you to know that I apologize for speaking out at the March 14th meeting.  Ms Trainor-Tessier spoke about the history of “citizen complaints to various state or county agencies” by Ms. Trainor-Tessier and others.  The letter concludes: Again, let me apologize for speaking without being recognized. “I do hope this never has to happen again as long as the Board remains upfront and honest with Cotuit Citizens”


Concern citizen, Barbara Trainor-Tessier requesting that Fire Commissioner meetings need to be completed throughout the year does not know how fire department work can be completed without fire commissioner meetings. Concerned citizen, Barbara Trainor-Tessier read letter, to be placed in meeting minutes.  Concerned citizen, Barbara Trainor-Tessier questioning sick time and line of duty abuse.


Concern citizen, Amy Kates question the Fire Chief’s contract in particularly 15.3, requesting that part be removed. Requesting level funded contract. What education classes has the Fire Chief been taken since his hire date?


Concern citizen, Amy Kates stating that there have been legalities that have taken place and the district has been busy with lawsuits.


Fire Commissioner Field asking concern citizen, Amy Kates “what is your goal” “why are you trying to discredit our Fire Chief” “Do you have people working for you at the Fire Department, telling you information?” “Do you work there at that fire department?  This is overwhelming as a board with personal attacks only from a few individuals. I am sorry.


Fire Commissioner Mycock stating, “Personally, I do not think that anybody can question the Chief’s work ethics”.



Fire Chief’s report:


Total of 56 incidents for the month of October 2013 The storm that we had gave us about fifty-one incidents.



Comstar report: 09-11-2013 – $26,761.25 earned for the of AUGUST


Sixty-two percent


Fire Commissioner Mycock requesting for a three-year summary report from comstar.


Ambulance 262 is starting to cost us in repairs


Engine 265 is slated to be replaced next fiscal year

Engine 263 has money for rehab


Fire Commissioner Mycock will send a letter to the Prudential Committee and Treasurer


Full time/Call Members:

Fire Fighter/ Paramedic Donna Fenner has retired from Cotuit Fire Department – would like to acknowledge a job well done and we all wish her well on her retirement years. Thank you!


Firefighter Erik Anderson was hired from the hiring list that we had established eight to nine months ago. FF Anderson comes to us from Mashpee Fire Department with five full time years of experience and State Fire Academy trained. Cotuit Fire Department would like to welcome FF Anderson.


Fire Commissioners need to start the process of union contract negotiations. Public comment and executive session.


Fire Commissioner Mycock request to establish a date for negotiations, looking to start December 3, 2013 Tuesday 1300hrs at Freedom Hall. Fire Commissioner Mycock will contact Prudential Committee Member Rick Barry.


Fire Fighter Shane Clark has graduated from the State Fire Academy; we would like to congratulate him on a job well done!


FF Peter Emerson will need to complete the State Fire Academy recruit class, looking for support to send FF Emerson in September 2014.


The Fire Chief is requesting to establish an explorer post from the BSA at Cotuit Fire Department. Which will be known as Cotuit Fire Department Explorer Post 263


The Cotuit Fire Fighters Association will help in this effort and support the Cotuit Fire Department Explorer Post 263.


Fire Commissioner Field made a comment on the safety of the explorers, Fire Chief stating that there is a policy and curriculum to follow from the Boy Scouts of America for Explorers that we will adhere to safety is part of that program.


Fire Commissioner Field requesting that we utilize the Explorers in such things for the district and department such as “T”shirt sales and other events throughout the district.


Fire Chief stating that he is involved in a program call “Camp Fully Involved” as well as Skills USA these programs are for young women and men to get involve with Firefighting, these programs are very similar to the explorers and in fact most of the young ladies that come to “Camp Fully Involved” are explorers.  Our Explorers will get involved in all aspects of the fire department and hopefully someday compete in Skills USA Firefighting Competition.


Fire Commissioner Mycock is concerned with liabilities for the young explorers.  Chief stating that this is a concern, however, the BSA has had this program in place for many years and the explorers fall under the Boy Scouts of America’s policies.


Chief stating when he judges the state and national level competitions for First Aid and CPR in Massachusetts and Kansas City each year, if not all, most of the young adults are explorers.


Fire Commissioner Mycock made a motion that the Cotuit Fire Department be allowed to Charter the Cotuit Fire Department Explorer Post 263, seconded by Fire Commissioner Field, motion carried.

Renovations will be completed to dinning hall in the near future.

Fire Commissioner Mycock stated that attempted Global mediation for the Pierce matters had failed.

Fire Commissioner Mycock made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Fire Commissioner Field, motion carried.


Barnstable’s 375 Anniversary Celebration

The town of Barnstable is celebrating its 375 anniversary – and you’re invited!

There are events throughout the summer in Cotuit to celebrate our town’s anniversary. Come join the fun.

May – June 14 Cotuit reads “Cut of Her Jib” Cotuit Library 7 pm
June 19 Cotuit Chronicle Lecture “History of Barnstable” Cotuit Library
June 26 Unique and Historic House Tour Village, 9:30 am
June 27 Outdoor movie and sing-along Cotuit Green – 8pm
July 4 Annual Parade Main Street, 11am
July 10 Cotuit Chronicles – Cotuit Through the Years Cotuit Library, 7 pm
July 31 Cotuit vs Hyannis Baseball Lowell Park, 5 pm
August 9 375th Anniversary Regatta Loop Beach, 2:30 pm
August 9 Village Family Picnic Cotuit Green, 5-7pm
August 9 Tom Lee, Storyteller Cotuit Library, 11 am, 7 pm


Download the handy schedule of events!



CFD Budget Documents Posted

Two documents, detailing the 2014 expenses and appropriations have been posted to the website.

Budget 2014 Appropriations is five pages long. By line item, it details what was appropriated and what was spent. This addresses concerns raised about knowing actuals versus budgeted expenses.

Budget 2014 Expense Report is 46 pages long. It breaks line items down to sub-accounts to give a more in-depth report of each line-item expense including utilities, salaries, office expenses, repair expenses, reporting, and fees.

If you have questions, please go to the Contact Page and direct them to the correct committee and/or chairperson.

These documents will also be posted on the side of the main page under the “Cotuit Fire District” heading.




Nomination papers are available on Tuesdays through Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM at the Cotuit Fire District’s Treasurer’s Office in the fire station (508-420-3000).*  Each candidate needs signatures of 25 registered voters residing in the Cotuit Fire District.  The following positions are up for election.

1 Member of the Prudential Committee                                             3 Year Term

1 Member of the Board of Water Commissioners                              3 Year Term

1 Member of the Board of Fire Commissioners                                 3 Year Term

Nomination papers must be presented to the Town of Barnstable Registrar of Voters (Town Clerk) no later than 4:00 PM on April 10, 2014; and must be presented to the District Clerk by 3:00 PM, April 24, 2014.

Citizen Petitions for articles to be placed in the warrant need 10 certified signatures of registered voters in the District and must be presented to the District Clerk prior to the closing of the warrant on April 28, 2014.

The election will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, at Freedom Hall, 976 Main Street, Cotuit.  The Annual District Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, at 7:30 PM, in Freedom Hall.

*The Office will be closed on March 6, 2014.




 January 8, 2014

5 PM

Cotuit Library

871 Main Street


  • Call to order


  • Minutes of November 6, 2013


  • Opening remarks by Chairman


  • Public comment


  • Continued review of existing by-laws and enabling act,  plus discussion of draft revisions to date


  • Discussion of date and content of next meeting


  • Public comment


  • Adjournment



By-law Committee Meeting 11/4/2013


By-law Committee

 November 6, 2013
5:00 PM
Cotuit Library


 Call to order

Minutes of October 2, 2013

Opening remarks by Chairman

Public comment

Continue review of existing by-laws and the enabling act

Continue discussion of our goals

Set targets for completion of our work

Public comment


 Please Note: The list of matters, are those reasonably anticipated by the committee chairman, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law. It is possible that if it so votes, the Committee may go into executive session. The Committee may also act on items in an order other than they appear on this agenda.  Persons interested are advised, that in the event any matter taken up at the meeting remains unfinished at the close of the meeting, may be put off to a continued session of this meeting, and with proper notice.

Cotuit Fire District

Prudential Committee

Prudential Committee meetings are conducted in compliance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (M.G.L. Chapter 30A, Sections 18-25).


For meetings of the Prudential Committee, there shall be a reasonable period of time for public comment prior to the Committee commencing its discussions and deliberations. The public does not participate in Committee discussions/deliberations.


No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the chair, and  all persons shall, at the request of the chair, be silent. No person shall disrupt the proceedings of a meeting of a public body. If, after clear warning form the chair, a person continues to disrupt the proceedings, the chair may order the person to withdraw from the meeting and if the person does not withdraw, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person from the meeting.”


M.G.L. Chapter 30A, Section 20(f).




RFQ – Freedom Hall Interior Painting

Cotuit Fire District
Request for Quotes


Barnstable County, on behalf of the Cotuit Fire District Prudential Committee is requesting written quotes for interior painting at the Freedom Hall, 976 Main Street, Cotuit, MA

Written quotes will be received at the Office of the County Commissioners, Purchasing Division, Superior Courthouse, PO Box 427, 3195 Main St, Barnstable, MA, 02630 or electronically All quotes are to be received no later than September 24, 2013 at 10:00AM. No exceptions allowed.

The Cotuit Fire District Prudential Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any or all quotes, to waive any informality contained therein, and to award the contract as decided to be in the best interest of the District.

Contractors shall be required to comply with all applicable Massachusetts General Law Chapter 149, and all other applicable Massachusetts General Laws.

The Cotuit Fire District fully complies with federal, state, and local laws and directives governing equal opportunity, affirmative action and non discrimination in all county activities and actively solicits bids/proposals from MBE/WBE businesses in accordance with District policy.

All bidders shall be required to provide Certification of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training in accordance with Massachusetts General Law 30: Section 39S, as amended by Chapter 306 of the Acts of 2004, effective 7/1/06.

A weekly certified payroll submittal shall be required of the successful bidder in accordance with MGL C149, S27B. No payments will be made by the District until all payroll information necessary for the District to determine compliance with prevailing wage law requirements for the time period of the payment request have been submitted. The Contractor shall not discriminate with regard to the personnel employed on this project on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual preference, handicap or age. Prevailing Wage Rates apply to this project.

A pre-bid site visit meeting shall be held on September 13, at 10:00 am at the project site, Freedom Hall, 976 Main Street, Cotuit, Massachusetts 02635.

Dated at Barnstable, MA this 4th Day of September, Two Thousand and Thirteen.