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April 11, 2017
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
The Auditor General has found that several laws were broken by the Dauntless Hook and Ladder Fire Company, the Orange Street News has exclusively learned.
The report by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found that the fire company “did not comply with state laws, contracts, bylaws, and the receipt of state aid and the relief association funds,” from January 1, 2013- until December 31st 2016.
According to the report, the rule breaking include:
– Inadequate Relief Association Bylaws
– Failure To Adhere To Relief Association Bylaws
– Inadequate Minutes Of Meetings And Approvals Of Financial- Related Business Of The Relief Association
– Insufficient Surety (Fidelity) Bond Coverage
– Failure To Disclose Related Party Transaction
Read the full report here.
Sources also told the OSN That Penn Township was withholding $80,000 in donated funds until they see a full financial report. Calls to contact Penn Township week not returned at the time of publication.
The OSN has reached out to Selinsgrove Borough Manager Paul Williams to ask if Selinsgrove will also withhold funds. He was not immediately available for comment.
However, sources told the OSN that the firefighters involved in the rule breaking “didn’t even get a slap on the wrist.”
“Members found invoices that were marked as purchases for the race track,” the source tells the OSN.
One fire fighter “was observed putting fuel into gas cans and five gallon buckets, and even told the members that saw him, that he was taking it to the race track,” according to sources.
The Fire Company refused to allow OSN to attend the meeting — claiming it was “not public.”
The Fire Company’s account is set up to automatically be a tax exempt account because it’s a non profit organization (Scroll down to see form). The race track is not tax exempt. But the OSN has discovered that several members of the Fire Company have money ties to the Selinsgrove Speedway.
The DH&L Fire Company is a 100% Volunteer Fire Company and has a great reputation in the community. Sources told the OSN that the problems are the result of “a few bad apples.”
After the OSN broke the story, DH&L Fire Company Chief Brandon Ulrich told the OSN that the information should have never gone public. “This is a internal investigation that should never have been leaked out and will be handled accordingly.”
Chief Ulrich told the OSN he will be releasing a statement shortly. The OSN will publish that statement in full.
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