Lake County’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a 60-day timeframe for the Thomas Creek/Westside Fire Protection District to file its necessary financial reports in proving its continued viability and operations.
A public hearing was held on the subject during the commissioners’ July 16 board meeting. Present were fire district board members James Evans, Teresa Thomas and Phil Shullanberger.
Commissioner Brad Winters made the motion to suspend the hearing and for the fire district to submit their necessary paperwork detailing the past three years’ financial audit reports to the board, which was approved in a unanimous vote with Commissioner Dan Shoun. Commissioner Ken Kestner was not present for the meeting.
The target date for submission of these documents is Sept. 17.
In conferring with legal counsel Jim Bailey, it was determined that there was no specific timeframe needed for the approved action.
Thomas confirmed that the fire district board is awaiting one more piece of information prior and anticipated its arrival within the next 30 days, and that an additional 30 days on top of that should be sufficient for submitting the needed documents.
“If we’re missing any piece of the puzzle, please let us know,” said Shullanberger. “I think that we’re back on track.”
Thomas additionally noted that appropriate actions have been taken to prevent a similar situation in the future.
Earlier this year, the Secretary of State’s office contacted the county commissioners and initiated the dissolution process for the district after having reported not receiving annual audit reports over the course of three years.