Board members for the coming year were elected at the annual meeting of the Monett Rural Fire Association.
Six positions opened at the end of 2010. Paul Bricker succeeded Bill Lockhart in District 1. Kevin Huffmaster came on as a replacement for Scott Sangston in the other District 1 seat. Mike Shanks kept the District 2 seat. Jeff Holloway succeeded Leon Riggs in District 3. Mike Meier. Greg Carlin took the spot previosuly held by Todd Hills in the District 4 positions.
Serving until December 2011 will be Huffmaster, Paul Wimsatt, Randy Hall and Greg Carlin. On the board until December 2012 are Herman Oetker, Michael Greenhaw, Larry Long and Tim Brodie.
Board President Larry Long reported members will receive a renewal sticker in the coming year to place on the new signs handed out by the association in 2010.
The financial report indicated the association presently has around 1,100 members.
Efforts to get grant money to move the fire station construction forward have not been successful to date. John Hull said two grant requests have been denied. He was working on a grant proposal for the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.
Board members have discussed the option of forming a fire protection district in a way that would preserve the membership formula by having a flat fee for all members. According to State Senator Jack Goodman, the Missouri Constitution will only allow a fire district funded by property taxes based on property values. Paul Wimsatt said voters would probably not approve a tax increase at this time.
Fire Chief Kevin Litchfield reported firefighters made 143 runs in 2010, down from over 200 runs in 2009.
David Shaner was commended for his efforts in providing training sessions during the year.
A chili supper, pie auction and shotgun raffle will be held at the Monett City Park Casino on Jan. 15. The silent auction will start at 5 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 5:30. Tickets are $5 and available from any board member or firefighter. Proceeds will go toward the building fund.
For more information on memberships, call 235-3555.