Whispering Pines Fire District To Stop Responding To Private Properties Outside District

DISTRICT CHATTER

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Whispering Pines Fire District

Author's note: The following letter has been provided by the Whispering Pines Fire District Board of Directors.

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The last Whispering Pines Fire District Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast at Station 71 for 2006 was held at the Whispering Pines Fire Station on Saturday, Oct. 14. They will resume next spring when all of our summer residents return.

"Since the founding of the Whispering Pines Fire District, emergency services have been provided to private properties outside of Whispering Pines Fire District boundaries. The Whispering Pines Fire District has billed the property owners for services rendered. It has proven difficult to collect these bills. Therefore, at this time, the Whispering Pines Fire District must inform residents of Bonita Creek, Verde Glen, Cowan Ranch, and areas near those subdivisions and outside the District that as of Dec. 31, 2006 the District will no longer be answering calls to private properties outside of the Whispering Pines Fire District.

"Senate Bill 1454, signed into law in 2006, indicates that a fire district may answer calls outside the district if certain conditions are met, including costs shall be borne by the person receiving the services or on whose behalf the services were provided. A District is not statutorily required to answer calls outside their district. The taxpayers in the District are under no obligation to pay for services to properties outside the District.

"In the meantime, any calls that are responded to on private properties outside the Whispering Pines Fire District, the person receiving the services will be billed and Whispering Pines Fire District will use all available legal means to collect for services rendered." Signed: Whispering Pines Fire District Board of Directors.

Dave Bullard has been selected as the new Assistant Fire Chief for the Whispering Pines Fire Department. Dave is a paramedic and a valuable asset to the Department.

The family movie night for October will be Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The movie will be "Charade," with Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau and James Coburn. Come on over to the Whispering Pines Fire Station for fun and snacks.

The last pancake breakfast for 2006 was held at the Whispering Pines Fire Station on Saturday, Oct. 14. They will resume next spring when all of our summer residents return.

Officer elections for president and treasurer were held at the WPFD Auxiliary meeting on Oct. 9 and officers elected for another year were Estelle Savage for president, and Glenda Schroeder for treasurer.

The WPFD Auxiliary will be taking a winter break and resume meetings in February.

With the help of $300 donated by Norah Johnson, the Auxiliary has purchased 65 new padded, folding chairs for Whispering Pines Station 71 and taken the older chairs to Geronimo Station 73 to be used as needed for training and meetings. Thank you, Norah, for your generous donation.

On Nov. 13 at noon, the WPFD Auxiliary will meet at The Carpenters Wife Tea Room for its annual holiday luncheon.

The WPFD Board has three openings for the November election. The following people have filed required documents and will be write-in candidates for the WPFD Board. They are Don King, Harry Jones and Penny Hull.

Geronimo Estates

We were saddened to hear that Philip Schroeder, a longtime resident of Geronimo Estates passed away at his home on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Phil volunteered his time as the monitor of the Chase Creek brush pit for the past two years on the weekends that it was open. We all send our love and prayers to his wife, Glenda, and family. A Memorial Service is planned at the East Verde Baptist Church in Whispering Pines for Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon at the church.

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