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Huntley Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

Huntley Fire Protection District Chief Scott Ravagnie will earn $140,000 a year in his new position. He was sworn in Tuesday after a village board meeting where his contract was approved. He is replacing former Chief Ken Caudle.

Ravagnie’s contract began Nov. 1, runs until April 30, 2019, and gives him 30 days of vacation each year, 10 sick days, and 3 bereavement days.

He will earn a base salary of $140,000, and on May 1, 2018, the board will review his salary based on consumer price index and merit. He previously earned $132,500 as deputy chief.

As fire chief, Caudle’s salary was $149,074 for the 2017-18 budget year. The district is conducting an ongoing investigation about Caudle into something officials won’t talk about. He submitted a letter of resignation to the board Aug. 11, returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief, and was placed on administrative leave. He continues to earn a salary of $119,240 while on leave.

Moving past an ongoing investigation into Caudle is one of Ravagnie’s goals for the district. He also hopes to find a new location for the district’s main station and will be looking at response times for the residents.

Ravagnie must inform the board of his intent to seek secondary employment outside of the district and must devote his time, energy, and attention to serving as chief. He is allowed to continue ownership and services of Kona Ice, a truck he helps his wife Sherry run that sells gourmet frozen treats.

The district will provide Ravagnie with a vehicle and pay for insurance, fuel, maintenance, and repair. He also is required to complete the Fire Officer III program by April 30, 2019.

Ravagnie has worked for the district since 1992, moving up the ranks over the years. He grew up in Huntley and has lived there since 1986.

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Huntley Fire Protection Districtnews (more)

Excerpts from the NorthwestHerald.com:

Trustees of the Huntley Fire Protection District Board approved the promotion of acting Chief Scott Ravagnie to chief at a special meeting Thursday night after the resignation of former Chief Ken Caudle.

Ravagnie has worked for the district since 1992, moving up the ranks over the years. He grew up in Huntley and has lived there since 1986. A promotional ceremony will be held for Ravagnie at the board’s next scheduled meeting, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

Moving past an ongoing investigation into Caudle is one of Ravagnie’s goals for the district. He also hopes to find a new location for the district’s main station and will be looking at response times.

Caudle continues to earn a salary of $119,240 while on leave. The Huntley Fire Protection District is conducting an ongoing investigation into something officials won’t talk about. He submitted a letter of resignation to the board Aug. 11, returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief, and was placed on administrative leave.

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Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

Former Fire Chief Ken Caudle continues to earn a salary while the Huntley Fire Protection District conducts an ongoing investigation into something officials won’t talk about.

Huntley Fire Protection District board members did not share any information about Caudle’s status at Tuesday’s board meeting. Trustees met in closed session where attorney Joe Miller gave updates. 

Miller said the board is looking into some matters, and when it is an appropriate time for things to come out, it will be known to the public at that time. He advised the board to not speak about any current or former employees.

Caudle continues to receive a salary of $119,240 while on leave, Acting Chief Scott Ravagnie previously told the Northwest Herald.

Caudle submitted a letter of resignation as chief to the board Aug. 11. He returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief and was placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

In Caudle’s letter of resignation, he wrote that after a long discussion with his family, he set a retirement date for Nov. 10, 2019. Caudle’s current contract expires April 30, 2020. Caudle has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years.

Former Trustee Joseph Mahoney of Algonquin asked whether Caudle still was on the payroll, which Miller would not answer.

Former Deputy Chief Keith Mallegni asked whether Caudle was being paid while sitting at home and whether there was an investigation ongoing.

“How long is this process going to take? Because the way I understand it is they are trying to wait for the next two years so he gets his 20-year pension,” Mallegni said.

The next scheduled meeting is Nov. 28.

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Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

The Huntley Fire Protection District’s acting fire chief remained tight-lipped on the status of former Fire Chief Ken Caudle after a closed session meeting Tuesday.

Trustees, along with acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie, Deputy Chief Albert Schlick and district lawyers, met for an hour in closed session to talk about the “appointment, employment, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees,” according to the meeting’s agenda. They did not take any action after the closed session.

Ravagnie said he was unable to comment on the status of the investigation, when the district will make a decision regarding Caudle’s employment and what was discussed during Tuesday’s meeting.

Caudle submitted a letter of resignation as chief to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 11, stating that after a long discussion with his family, he set a retirement date for Nov. 10, 2019. Caudle’s current contract expires April 30, 2020.

He returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief and was placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Caudle’s contract stipulates giving the department two weeks’ notice, and he wrote that he was willing to stay on as chief until a replacement could be found.

“I assure you that my decision did not come lightly, especially since my tenure as Chief with the District has been both fulfilling and rewarding,” he wrote in the letter. “It has been my greatest honor to serve as Fire Chief to the community, the members and the Board.”

Officials have not said what they are investigating and Caudle continues to receive a salary of $119,240 while on leave. He has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years.

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Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

The Huntley Fire Protection District has released little information more than a week after Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle resigned from the district’s top spot and was put on administrative leave.

Caudle resigned as fire chief Aug. 15 and returned to the rank of battalion chief before being placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Officials have not said what they are investigating.

Caudle continues to receive his $119,240 salary while on leave, acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said in an email. Ravagnie said he had no comment on the length of [Caudle’s] leave.

As fire chief, Caudle’s salary was $149,074 for the 2017-18 budget year.

Ravagnie and trustees have declined to comment further on the personnel matter.

?Caudle, who has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years, declined to comment Tuesday.

A new contract for Caudle in his role as fire chief took effect in May and was set to run through April 2020.

The Northwest Herald filed a FOIA request Aug. 17 for documents regarding Caudle’s leave or resignation. The request was denied by the department because the records relate to the “public body’s adjudication of employee grievances or disciplinary cases.”

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Huntley Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the northwest herald.com:

After Charles Harding started building his dream home west of Huntley in the Willow Hill subdivision, he realized he was required to install a home sprinkler system, which could cost upward of $15,000.

Just south of his neighborhood, located north of Harmony Road and west of Seeman Road, newly constructed homes in the Botterman Farms subdivision don’t have the same home sprinkler system requirements, even though they also fall in the Huntley Fire Protection District’s jurisdiction. 

A handful of people who bought lots in the Willow Hill subdivision have asked the district to change the ordinance so homeowners can decide for themselves whether to install sprinkler systems in their new homes. 

However, Huntley Fire Protection District Chief Ken Caudle said the district’s board of trustees sees no compelling evidence to rescind or alter the ordinance. 

The residential sprinkler ordinance was adopted in August 2004, when the Huntley Fire Protection District was experiencing rapid growth. It was difficult to apply the ordinance evenly at first because of multiple residential building projects being in various states of development.  The board made a decision to apply the ordinance to projects and properties that were platted on May 1, 2005, or later. 

Home sprinkler systems have a number of benefits, according to Caudle, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and the National Fire Protection Association. Sprinklers will extinguish a typical residential fire in less than a minute, and they dramatically improve survival rates. They also use a fraction of the water that fire department hoses do. 

“The current state fire code does not require home sprinklers,” Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez said in a statement. “There is no intention at this time of pursuing a change to require them. Local jurisdictions are best suited to decide if this requirement is right for their community.”

The village of Huntley mandated sprinklers for new homes in 2005, but it repealed the ordinance two years later over concerns regarding the costs and maintenance involved. 

The Huntley Fire Protection District’s jurisdiction does not include the village limits. The district covers more than 60,000 residents in Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Hampshire, Gilberts, and rural territories of Kane and McHenry counties.

Several groups, including developers and real estate agents, have spoken out against requiring home sprinklers.

The Huntley Fire Protection District Board of Trustees’ next meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 11118 Main St., Huntley. Caudle said there is nothing regarding the sprinkler ordinance on the agenda as the board is not taking any action on it at this time. 

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District entered into an automatic aid agreement with the Huntley Fire Protection District this week.

Under the terms of the agreement, Huntley will send an ambulance to a structure fire that happens within Barrington Countryside’s borders. In exchange, Barrington Countryside will send a fire engine to all fires that happen within Huntley’s borders.

Barrington Countryside now has automatic aid agreements or partnerships with 12 Northwest suburban fire service agencies.

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