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New Fire District Doctor Talk Leads to Board Member Dispute

The Orland Fire Protection District board appointed a new physician for yearly firefighter physicals, though one board member said he was out of the loop.

The board of trustees appointed a new doctor to perform physicals on firefighters.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of bringing on Dr. William Crevier, with trustee Martin McGill putting in the one vote against the appointment. McGill left the closed session portion of Tuesday night’s fire board meeting before the other trustees, claiming he was not previously aware of any move to appoint a new doctor.

“There must’ve been a lot of things I missed at the meeting last month,” McGill said. “I didn’t hear there were any problems with the physician they had.”

Trustee Chris Evoy said there weren’t any complaints about the old physician, but the trustees decided to open up a request for proposals for physician services for yearly health certification to see if a better price was out there. Evoy said Crevier was not offered a full contract, just an appointment.

“We’re going to test the waters a little bit and if it doesn’t turn out to be the right thing we’ll make some corrections to it,” Evoy said. “But we’re under no obligations.”

Evoy said Crevier submitted the lowest bid to the district’s request for proposals for the physician services.

“We’re trustees and we need to make sure the money is being spent in the best possible way,” Evoy said.

Crevier holds an office in Orland Park.

“He had been proposed to the board several times over the last few years,” said Orland Fire Protection District spokesman Ray Hanania.

2011 Audit Complete

A financial audit of the fire district for the 2011 fiscal year was just completed

“We feel that what is in here does represent what has transpired to where you stood at the end of the year,” said Edward T. McCormick, a CPA from Mulcahy, Pauritsch and Salvador, the accounting firm who performed the audit. “You as a board should be happy to hear that because it’s not always the case we can give such an opinion.”

Details presented from the report include:

  • Net assets exceed liabilities by more than $24 million
  • Unrestricted net assets are of about $10 million in value
  • Fund balance decreased by $3 million, largely due to work done on the administration center
  • Pensions are 76.5 percent funded

McCormick noted that several other fire districts are closer to 30 percent in funding pensions. He also praised finance director Kerry Sullivan for her help with the audit.

The full report is expected to be posted on the fire district’s website.

Firefighters Union Ready to Negotiate New Contract

Orland Firefighters Union Local 2754 president Wally Rafacz said during Monday night’s meeting that the union has been ready to begin contract negotiations since February.

“We’ll be happy to start when you guys are,” he said.

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paul cervenka June 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I attended this meeting. I requested the BOT to publish Union leadership demands. Their compensation is already in the top 5% in the nation. All negotiations in the past have not been open to the taxpayers and "deals" created the bloated FD we have today. For the first time, taxpayers can see the true actual costs. Read the Audit. The Trustees decide your tax bill. NOT, Rich Kelly the assessor! Our FD costs are twice the national average. The pay for patronage days are over. You voted that out. Remember the Union leaders supported the Candidates you fired ! Good Job OP.
Jack June 28, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Negotiations are going to be very, very interesting.
Jack June 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM
It's good to see the new board taking care of their friends. Everybody should check the address of the new doctor. In the same location as a board member, Very interesting. Dr. Moison is recognized expert in treating FF illness and injuries. So now they hire an internist who has little experience in treating FF's. Just another nail in the coffin of a good organization.
Ray Blah Blah Blah June 28, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Here's an idea, why not open the "spokesman" position to bid as well?
anthony June 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Shopping for health care, like sales at a grocery store or a used car lot is going to become a part of our nations identity.....
J.J. July 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Pay for patronage is over?! Look at the hiring done since these guys took over. There are no hires at the FPD that aren't patronage anymore.
Ray Blah Blah Blah July 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/18609980/2012/05/23/cook-county-commissioner-kids-get-coveted-summer-jobs-liz-gorman-hickey What was that about patronage at the Fire District Paul?

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