In G’town, Lawson stays another month, McLean leaves

GERMANTOWN—The Board of Fire Commissioners approved Michael Lawson as chief of department of Germantown Hose Company No. 1 for another month at its meeting on Monday. This followed the plan put in place at a January 20 special meeting.

Mr. Lawson, who attended Monday’s meeting and made his monthly report to the commissioners, apparently accepted the extension.

Christopher Mullins, who chaired the meeting in the absence of board chair Roy Brown, said that the commissioners were still waiting on word from their attorney, Daniel Tuczinski. Mr. Tuczinski did not attend Monday’s meeting.

As their last piece of business, Mr. Mullins read aloud a letter of resignation from commissioner Hugh McLean. Mr. McLean had arrived at the January 20 meeting only to drop off the letter and depart. That letter would have been read at the January 26 meeting, but it was cancelled due to bad weather.

In essence, Mr. McLean said that he had run last December for his current term, “against my better judgment.” But no one else stepped forward, he said, and he did not want to leave a vacancy on the board. Now, he wrote, he was tired of infighting and did not feel “appreciated or wanted” on the board, so he would “step back.” In that way, he wrote, he could leave aware of the district’s accomplishments, more than its problems.

Mr. McLean’s resignation was accepted. The board will now take resumes from interested parties, review them and fill the post until next December’s election.

In other business:

  • Commissioners approved payments of $4,866 for January bills and about $26,000 for February. The second amount is larger because of a $16,000 payment to Fingar Insurance for the company’s insurance
  • The board will hold special meeting for Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m. to open and review bids, submitted in response to a request for proposals for roofing work on the firehouse.

Commissioners Mullins, Dennis Crawford and Patrick Ebling attended the meeting, along with Chief of Department Lawson, First Assistant Chief Douglas Pearson and Second Assistant Chief James Maruniak. In contrast to the January 5 meeting, attended by some 30 people, Monday’s audience of three included fire company president Dale Hinkein and a reporter from The Columbia Paper.


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