The two new appointees to the Star Fire Commission have put together a long to-do list, and that's just to get the commission functioning and up to speed in preparation for making some difficult decisions.
Star was left in the lurch March 8 when all three fire commissioners abruptly resigned, leaving the broke and mismanaged fire district without directors to conduct business.
Appointed by Gov. Butch Otter on March 29, new commissioners Ryan Henson, an attorney and business owner, and Stephen Donahue, a commercial airline pilot and deputy chief of Caldwell Fire and Rescue, planned to conduct their first commission meeting Tuesday night.
Donahue said the new commission is gathering information, but its first priority is under control, with Eagle Fire Department providing coverage in the district under a joint operating agreement.
"We want to make sure we have continuity of service for the district," Donahue said. "I think Eagle Fire Department is doing a great job helping us make sure that service continues until we make some of the tough decisions we have up ahead."
Otter made the two commissioners responsible for filling the vacant third seat. Donahue said he wants to put out a notice asking people to apply and then fill the position by next month.
The board also needs to appoint a secretary, treasurer and attorney and then develop a short-term operations plan. It will review all contracts and order an audit to determine the district's financial state and obligations.
The district has overspent its $1.3 million budget by hundreds of thousands of dollars during the past three years.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell