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Glenview Battalion Chief Lawrence Kane will report for duty Monday as the Harvard Fire Protection District’s new fire chief. He was selected to be the new chief following a candidate review and evaluation performed by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. Following this process, two names were presented to the board for final consideration. After two rounds of interviews Kane was selected.

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The Harvard Firefighters’ Association helped raise more than $10,000 for a 30-year veteran of the Harvard Fire Protection District who recently was diagnosed with cancer.

In September, the association hosted a fundraiser called “Fight for Phil” to benefit Firefighter Phil Jacobs, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He has been undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatment and stem cell transplants.

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Harvard Fire Protection District news

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After the departure of the Harvard Fire Protection District administrative assistant, the board of trustees is considering a partnership with a public accounting firm to perform administrative and financial services.

They received a presentation from Lauterbach and Amen LLP – which provides administrative services for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, the Cary Police Pension Fund board, and Crystal Lake Fire Department. Before the board moved forward with hiring an administrative assistant, they wanted to explore the firm’s services to see if it could improve some of the weaknesses in the district’s system. For $700 a month, the firm would prepare board meeting agendas and packets for trustees, transcribe meeting minutes, maintain the district’s digital records while making arrangements for the potential destruction of paper copies of files plus maintaining the district’s website. For an extra $100 a month, a representative would be in attendance for board meetings. The firm also could provide financial services to the fire district, such as budget assistance, audit preparation and tax levy documentation.

Fees for financial services generally are between $1,000 and $1,500 a month but the firm would have to determine how many bills the fire protection district pays a month and what software is used before it can come up with an exact number.

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Harvard Fire Protection District news

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Harvard Fire Protection District board Secretary Joe Clarke announced during Tuesday’s meeting that he will be stepping down from his secretarial role, but he said he will continue to serve the district through his current term. The board voted, 3-0, to accept Clarke’s resignation, effective immediately. 

An action item calling for Clarke to step down as secretary and be replaced by trustee Josh Kelnhofer appeared on the board’s agenda Sunday, but board President Tom Condon said that the item had been removed. 

Condon also announced Tuesday that he would not be seeking reappointment as the board’s president. He said that after serving 18 years as president, it was time for some new blood, change, and new ideas to come forward.

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With one engine not operational and one that recently sustained damage during a house fire, the Harvard Fire Protection District’s board decided Tuesday to secure a bank loan to fund a new pumper. Two bids were opened during a special meeting earlier in the day, but only one met specific requirements that the district is looking for.

At this point in the fiscal year, the district has spent in excess of its projected income by $35,000 and an additional $132,000 needs to be paid in payroll expenses before property tax dollars come in June, which quickly will exhaust reserve funding if this trend continues.

Of $37,654 in damage Engine 747 sustained after responding to a fire on Altenburg Road in November,  insurance will cover all but a $1,000 deductible. The engine should be fully operational within the next two weeks.

While the engine has been under repair, Harvard has used engines from the Marengo Fire Protection District and the Lincolnwood Fire Department. As a form of repayment, staff are exploring the possibility of using the windshield from the decommissioned Engine 747 to replace a cracked windshield on Marengo’s engine.

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The Harvard Fire Protection District and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call around 1:05 a.m. Wednesday in the 4400 block of Pagles Road. The report came in as a snowmobile crash with an unresponsive victim. It was snowing heavily at the time of the incident.

The victim, identified as 32-year-old Brandon Shields of Harvard, was killed in the crash. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday to determine the cause of death. He was wearing a helmet.

A second snowmobiler at the scene took a group of paramedics to the crash site, which was several hundred feet off the roadway. The victim’s snowmobile had struck a tree.

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A request for police presence at Harvard Fire Protection District board meetings after a trustee’s concerns that a meeting attendee posed a threat was turned down, Harvard Police Chief Mark Krause said.

In November, Harvard Fire Chief Steve Harter and Deputy Chief Don Davidson were suspended for 36 hours based on a letter they sent to board President Thomas Condon in June calling the conduct of Trustee Joe Clarke unprofessional and hostile.

During December’s board meeting, former Harvard Firefighter Don Carlson said he was extremely disappointed in the board, particularly Clarke, whose bullying is destroying the reputation and confidence in the fire protection district chiefs and staff.

Several fire chiefs, including Marengo Chief Bob Bradbury and Woodstock Chief Michael Hill, also spoke during the meeting in defense of Harter’s and Davidson’s character and service.

In a memo dated Jan. 2 to McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, Krause and attorney David McArdle, Clarke wrote that Carlson has distorted the facts, forced his son to resign from the district and has reviewed personnel files from his 31 years of service with the village of Arlington Heights.

“Mr. Carlson’s actions have gone far beyond what a rational citizen would do in questioning a public official,” Clarke wrote in the memo.

In conclusion, Clarke said in the letter that he believes Carlson carries a concealed firearm during meetings and that he poses a threat of “going postal.” Therefore, he recommended board president Thomas Condon formally request the assistance of the Harvard Police Department in maintaining order and security at meetings.

“A uniformed police officer is better suited to silence and remove Mr. Carlson from the meeting room should he have another outburst of behavior,” Clarke wrote.

Krause said he and Condon reviewed the memo and agreed the fire protection district is not interested in having a law enforcement presence at meetings.

Carlson said in an email to the Northwest Herald that he was surprised and appalled to be accused of being a threat, and his attendance at meetings was to express his feelings about a trustee he feels is a bully.

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