City of Colorado Springs / Commissions & Committees / Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Committee members in attendance: Glen Florea, Ronald Ruckdeschel (out at 5:40 p.m.), Debbie Klisch, Joe Pelka, Winfield Pate, Randle Case, Marjorie Smith

Committee members absent: Chairman Daniel Mullin, Vice-chair Tim Cassibry, Joe Ferri, Richard Hansen, Jake Jacob

Others present: Chief Pete Carey/CSPD, Deputy Chief Vince Niski/CSPD, Deputy Chief Steve Dubay/CSFD, Commander Sue Autry/CSPD, Nancy McCauley/CSPD, Leslie Hickey/CSFD, Joe Curro/CSPD, Ric Focht/Communication Center Supervisor, Jena Rakoczy/CSPD

Call to Order:Meeting was called to order at 4:34 p.m. by Acting Chair J. Pelka.  It was noted that Chair D. Mullin and Vice-Chair T. Cassibry were both unable to attend this meeting; Chair D. Mullin asked J. Pelka to act in their stead. 

Citizen Comment:No citizen comment.

Approval of Minutes:

MOTION: Acting Chair J. Pelka presented the meeting minutes from the April 4, 2012 meeting and requested any questions or comments.  There were none.  W. Pate moved to approve the minutes as written; R. Case seconded the motion.  The vote passed 6-0. 

 Old Business and Updates:

Department Updates

 Budget and Fire – Leslie Hickey

L. Hickey provided the most recent financial reports to the Committee.  She reminded them that CSPD programs are 2100, CSFD programs are 2200, and the other programs are other City departments that receive PSST funding. 

L. Hickey stated that once the improvements at Station #1 were made and all invoices were paid, the remaining funds would be transferred into the Station #21 account. 

Indoor Air Quality Improvements (IAQ) cost approximately $175,000-$200,000 per station to complete.  The question was asked if there had been any testing since the improvements; it was not known if there had been any formal testing.  DC S. Dubay stated he will look into the possibility of testing the stations.  L. Hickey added that a second air testing could depend on financial estimates.  

L. Hickey reminded the Committee that the groundbreaking for Station #21 is scheduled for Monday, July 23rd in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary.

Police – Nancy McCauley

N. McCauley stated that there was nothing significant to report about any financial activity at CSPD.  She then introduced Chief P. Carey.

Police – Chief Pete Carey

Chief Carey thanked the Committee for allowing him to speak and requested the Committee’s permission to use existing PSST funding to hire a CAD Administrator.  He stated that police and fire personnel are dispatched through the use of a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.  Due to the complexity of the CAD system CSPD realized a need for one person to become a subject matter expert and address all CAD issues, i.e. dispatch system, accuracies, etc.  Chief Carey added that the CAD Administrator position was mission critical and fell within the PSST guidelines.  He added that both Mayor Bach and the fire department approved this position. 

Chief Carey made the motion “To allow a new Public Safety Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Administrator position to be funded by the Police Department’s Public Safety Sales Tax funding allocation.”  W. Pate moved to approve the motion and D. Klisch seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4-2-0.  It should be noted that, G. Florea, the PSSTOC’s alternate member, served in a voting capacity after a committee member had to depart. 

 Discussion & Action Items

The 10-Year Celebration was discussed and the Committee agreed the Celebration would be held in conjunction with the ground-breaking ceremony for Station #21.  The ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for July 23rd at 10 a.m. 

 The Committee discussed the need to define the responsibilities and rules related to the newly appointed alternate PSSTOC member. This is the first time City Council has appointed an alternate member and the Committee plans to review and determine the exact role and duties of this position. J. Pelka stated he would get the rules from the Park Board to review. 

 Next Meeting Date – September 5, 2012


The meeting was adjourned at 6:01 p.m.


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