Warrant Article Wednesday - March 13, 2018 Ballot

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Thank you to everyone who came out to vote yesterday. Despite the storm, there were so many of you who braved the weather and made it to the polls. We are grateful to have the support to pass the following three warrant articles:

•  Warrant Article 13: Hire Four (4) Firefighter/AEMT’s

•  Warrant Article 17: Funding for Fire Apparatus Refurbishment and Repair Capital Reserve Fund

•  Warrant Article 19: Funding for the Communications Equipment and Infrastructure Capital Reserve Fund

We are looking forward to moving ahead with the projects associated with these warrant articles and will keep you informed as things get underway.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WARRANT ARTICLE WEDNESDAYS

 

The annual Town Election is less than two months away. Starting on January 24th until the election, we will be bringing back Warrant Article Wednesday. Every Wednesday we will provide you with information regarding the three warrant articles that will appear on the March 13th ballot from the Fire Department.

This will provide you with the opportunity to learn and ask questions regarding these three warrant articles that are being presented to you, the voter to ultimately approve or reject.

On March 13th, the Fire Department will have the following three warrant articles for consideration on the ballot:

• Warrant Article 13 – Hire Four (4) Firefighter/AEMT’s

• Warrant Article 17 – Funding for Fire Apparatus Refurbishment and Repair Capital Reserve Fund

• Warrant Article 19 - Funding for the Communications Equipment and Infrastructure Capital Reserve Fund

Starting next week we will begin to detail exactly what each warrant article entails and its impact on you the taxpayer and the citizens of Hudson.

Stay tuned!

WARRANT ARTICLE WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 24, 2018

Two of the warrant articles on the ballot this March from the Fire Department deal with Capital Reserve Funds. If passed, we can continue to fund these accounts. This will allow for the savings to take place over several years, to assist in keeping the tax rate stable and not require the raising of funds in one fiscal year. The following are the two requests for Capital Reserve Funds that the Fire Department is putting forth for FY19:

Warrant Article 17:

Established in March 2008, funding for Fire Apparatus Refurbishment and Repair Capital Reserve Fund is used to fund the refurbishment and repair of the Fire Department’s large fire apparatus. In total this accounts for the maintenance and repair of five pieces of fire apparatus; three pumpers, one tanker and one ladder truck. Continuing to fund this will assist us with maintaining a consistent maintenance budget and an efficient response plan for the community. $20,000 for this fund would be raised from taxation, which impacts the tax rate by one cent (.01) per thousand.

Warrant Article 19:

Established in March 2013, funding for the Communications Equipment and Infrastructure Capital Reserve Fund is intended to enable the repair, refurbishment or improvement of the Town of Hudson radio system. This has a direct impact on both the Hudson Fire Department and Hudson Police Department. With an aging radio infrastructure, it will continue to need maintenance and upgrading to support the operations of both departments. No amount would be raised from taxation, the sum of $200,000 will come from the June 30, 2018 Unassigned Fund Balance.

If you have any questions, feel free to email our Executive Coordinator Erika LaRiviere at elariviere@hudsonnh.gov. We hope this gives you a better understanding of these two warrant articles. We thank you for your continued support and for taking the time review this important information.  Check back next Wednesday for the next installment of this series.

Warrant Article Wednesday – January 31st

 

Warrant Article 13 - Funding for (4) Firefighter/AEMT’s

The purpose of this warrant article is to increase the number of trained front line First Responders. In 2017, we responded to over 4,500 calls for service. With our call volume continuing to grow each year, so do the demands on our personnel. This is our first request in over 10 years put before you, the voter, to increase the number of our front line First Responders on staff.

Should the warrant article pass, this will support a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER). SAFER grants assist local fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies whenever they may occur.

Provided we are awarded the SAFER grant, it would cover $262,161 of the cost of wages and benefits with the balance of $87,387 raised from general taxation. This would have an impact on the tax rate of .03 cents per every thousand.

If you have any questions please feel free email Executive Coordinator Erika LaRiviere at elariviere@hudsonnh.gov

Warrant Article Wednesday – 2/7/18

Warrant Article 17 – Funding for Fire Apparatus Refurbishment and Repair Capital Reserve Fund

Voting in favor of this warrant article will raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 which will be added to the Fire Apparatus Repair/Refurbishment Capital Reserve Fund that was established in 2008.

The next major refurbishment we anticipate utilizing this fund for will be to Engine 4. This piece of apparatus is 12 years old and will be undergoing its refurbishment by the end of this fiscal year.

The expected lifespan of a piece of fire apparatus is twenty years. When this account was established the intention was for the unit to receive a updating and repair of all of the major components of the specific piece of fire apparatus. This is slated to take place at the ten year mark, roughly half way through its lifecycle. This mark was selected based on a review of several pieces of apparatus that struggled to remain operational until the end of its serviceable life.

Continuing to fund this account will allow for the saving to take place over several years, to assist keeping the tax rate stable and not require the raising of funds in one fiscal year.

This warrant article will have an impact on the tax rate of one cent (.01) per thousand.

Warrant Article Wednesday – February 14th

Warrant Article 13 – Hire Four (4) Firefighter/AEMT’s

What is peak time staffing? Peak time staffing assists the department in covering the largest liability of requests for service.

As an emergency services department we operate 24/7/365. Although calls come in at all hours, our peak response hours are from 8AM-8PM. Our plan is to raise our total number of first responders from nine (9) to eleven (11) during those hours. This will assist us with providing an efficient delivery of emergency services to the Town of Hudson.

The department responded to over 4,500 calls for service in 2017.

2017 data during the peak response hours of 8AM to 8PM:

• 3,353 calls for service took place during peak response hours.

• 1,580 Emergency Medical Service responses took place during peak response hours.

A vote in favor of this warrant article will support a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER). SAFER grants assist local fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies whenever they may occur.

Provided we are awarded the SAFER grant, the grant requires a 25% match from the Town for the first two years and a 35% match in the third year. In the fourth year of the program and beyond the Town would be responsible for 100% of the funding for these positions. This warrant article would have an impact on the tax rate of .03 cents per every thousand.

More information will be forthcoming on peak time staffing.

Warrant Article Wednesday – 2/21/18

Warrant Article 13 – Hire Four (4) Firefighter/AEMT’s

How has staffing changed over the years? It has been eleven (11) years since the last warrant article passed that increased the number of full-time first responders for this department. With our calls for service continuing to increase at a rate of 10% per year so does the demand on our personnel. Here is a look at a few milestones over the past 15 years.

• 2002 – Burns Hill Station was opened twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty five days a year (24/7/365). The department employed eight (8) full-time members per shift to staff both Central Station and Burns Hill Station.

• 2007 – Robinson Road Station opened on a part-time basis. This was achievable after the successful vote of the warrant article on that year’s ballot to hire two (2) full-time first responders.

• 2013 - The department underwent a re-organization. With the change to that staffing model, it allowed all three stations to be staffed 24/7/365 and brought our full-time first responders to nine (9) members per shift.

• 2017 – First responders on duty remains at nine (9) per shift, with three members on duty at each of our three stations 24/7/365. Calls for service have increased to over 4,500.

• CURRENT - If this warrant article passes and we are awarded the SAFER grant we will add an additional four (4) Firefighter/AEMT’s to the department. This would increase our staff to eleven (11) during our peak response hours of 8AM-8PM, seven days a week. This staffing schedule will allow us to better respond to the needs of the community as 70% of our call volume takes place during this time period.

The process of hiring these four (4) Firefighter/AEMT’s will not move forward if either of the following occurs:

• The warrant article fails to pass

• The warrant article passes, but we are not awarded the SAFER grant

If we are unable to move forward with the hiring process we will continue to serve the citizens of Hudson and utilize our current staff to the very best of our ability.

Warrant Article Wednesday – 2/28/18

Warrant Article 19 – Funding for the Communications Equipment and Infrastructure Capital Reserve Fund

The primary tool of the Dispatcher is the dispatch console. A dispatch console is a system that interfaces to a public emergency services radio system allowing the dispatcher to communicate directly with all public safety personnel and others in order to coordinate their activities. Dispatchers use various hardware and software to process, transmit, and receive information. The radio network consists of portable radios, mobile vehicle mounted radios, voice & data logging/recording systems, radio repeaters, fire alarm monitoring equipment, backup batteries and transmission sites.

Systems must be built with redundancy, if one part of the system goes down a backup radio console needs to be operational so the system runs seamlessly.

This Capital Reserve Fund established in 2013 has a direct impact on both the Hudson Fire Department and Hudson Police Department. With an aging radio infrastructure, it will continue to need maintenance and upgrading to support the operations of both departments. No amount would be raised from taxation, the sum of $200,000 will come from the June 30, 2018 Unassigned Fund Balance.

 

 

WARRANT ARTICLE WEDNESDAY – ONLY SIX MORE DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY!

HAVE A QUESTION?

Over the past several weeks we have been providing you with information to give you a better understanding of the three warrant articles that will appear on the ballot from the Fire Department.

• Warrant Article 13: Hire Four (4) Firefighter / AEMT’s

• Warrant Article 17: Funding for Fire Apparatus Refurbishment and Repair Capital Reserve Fund

• Warrant Article 19: Funding for the Communications Equipment and Infrastructure Capital Reserve Fund

Now, we would like to hear from you. If there are questions you have regarding any of these warrant articles please ask us. You can submit your questions by sending an email to our Executive Coordinator, Erika LaRiviere at elariviere@hudsonnh.gov

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, March 13th from 7AM to 8PM at the Hudson Community Center.