Star Fire District commissioners resign

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 2:00 AM

STAR -- All three Star Fire District commissioners decided to resign Friday.

The Star Fire District is about $650,000 in the red.

The Star Fire District had a joint powers agreement with the Eagle Fire Department. Eagle Fire Chief Mike Winkle told KTVB they agreed to dissolve the agreement at a meeting earlier this week.

Star Mayor Nathan Mitchell said the Star Fire Commissioners came to him asking for help, so he developed the plan to run the fire department prior to the join commission meeting Monday. The commissions agreed mutually Monday to move toward the contractual process of dissolution, however nothing was finalized.

At Tuesday's city council meeting, the city council voted to continue moving forward with that process.

In a statement Friday from the three district commissioners, Gunnar Howarth, John Miller and Jeff Sedivec said they accept responsibility for not addressing the district's current and complex issues.

We reached out to all three commissioners for comment, but did not hear from Howarth or Miller.

We caught up with Sedivec in Star Friday. He did not want to go on camera, but talked with us about the situation. He said all three commissioners decided to resign independently. Sedivec said there was no intentional wrongdoing, but that none of the commissioners have experience in budgeting or administration of a fire district.  He said their resignation is their way of taking responsibility for the problem, and putting it all in the hands of someone who can help.

Governor Otter, who also lives in Star, will be responsible for appointing new commissioners.

Monday when Eagle and Star fire commissions met, they motioned to draft a resolution to dissolve the joint powers agreement. However, a fire department spokesperson said the two entities can't finish this and make it official without fire commissioners from Star.

This spokesperson also said firefighting services won't be impacted while they work out the legal and political issues.

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