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Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee - Agenda
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Committee members in attendance:

Chairperson Tim Cassibry, Joe Ferri, Winfield Pate, Debbie Klisch, Randy Case, Marjorie Smith,  Joe Pelka, Ron Ruckdeschel. 

Committee members absent:  Richard Hansen, Jake Jacob, Dan Mullin, Alternate Glen Florea.

Others present:  Deputy Chief Tommy Smith (CSFD), Deputy Chief Vince Niski (CSPD), Sue Autry (CSPD), Leslie Hickey (CSFD), Nancy McCauley (CSPD), Ken Hughlett (CSFD), Ken Rankin (CSFD), Lorraine Lawson

Call to Order:  Chairperson T. Cassibry called the meeting to order at 4:37 pm.

Citizen Comment:  R. Case introduced his son.

Approval of Minutes:

MOTION:  R. Case moved to approve the minutes from the February 8, 2013 meeting as written.  J. Pelka seconded the motion. There was no discussion and the motion passed 8-0.

Business and Updates:

Committee Rules of Procedure:  A discussion was held at the February 6, 2013 meeting regarding changing the Rules of Procedure of the Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee to address the responsibilities of an alternate position.  Primarily, the Committee was interested in allowing an alternate to formally participate with the Committee when a regular appointed member is absent.  N. McCauley contacted the City Council’s Committee Liaison about making this change and was informed that it is the City’s practice not to allow any alternate on any City committee to vote; therefore, the Rules of Procedure would not be changed.  N. McCauley advised the Committee of this information. 

Fleet Services RFP Process:  Members of the Committee continued to express concern about the outsourcing of the City’s fleet operations.  T. Smith has been a member of the City’s RPF committee for this contract and answered a number of questions from the Committee.  Because a vendor has yet to be formally selected and because the contract has yet to be negotiated, T. Smith was unable to divulge all known information; however, the majority of questions were answered.  Most questions were centered around the use of PSST resources. 

The Committee discussed whether the members felt it was their responsibility to be involved in this issue.  Everyone agreed that, yes, they should be involved; but, they all also agreed that the letter written by M. Smith to the City’s Chief of Staff was sufficient for now.  However, the Committee requested to have input into final contract negotiations once a vendor is selected.  N. McCauley will pass along this information to the Contracting office.  

Updates including budget changes (Budget, Fire, and Police):

City Budget:  L. Hickey reviewed the financial reports with the Committee.  She pointed out that the revenue reported for February 2013 is the largest amount reported in any February since PSST’s inception.

Fire: K. Rankin advised on change order had been generated on the Station 21 contract for a slight redesign of the building.  The associated dollar amount of the change order was approximately $12,000.

Police: N. McCauley advised CSPD had no new information to report.

Members Discussion:

M. Smith inquired about the use of PSST funding for cash match for wildland mitigation grants.  L. Hickey advised PSST funding is an appropriate use of these funds and called attention to the language in the ballot language that specifically designates a portion of PSST funding for that use.

D. Klisch asked what the programs the City is offering to educate and prepare the community regarding flood preparation.  K. Hughlett advised the City is hosting a meeting on April 11th at the Navigators’ where local meteorologists will present information on flood preparedness and flood insurance.   In addition, fire stations 5, 9, 12, and 18 have sand bags available for community use.  

T. Cassibry and the rest of the Committee thanked R. Case and J. Pelka for their years of service on the PSST Oversight Committee.

Next meeting date – August 7, 2013.


T. Cassibry motioned for adjournment and was unanimously approved by the committee.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:07 pm.

Notes:  The minutes of the meeting were taken by L. Lawson.  Any omissions or corrections should be brought to the Chairperson’s attention at the next PSSTOC meeting.