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

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Committee members in attendance: Tim Cassibry (4:42), Joe Pelka, Winfield Pate, Veronica Sheldon, Daniel Mullin, Ronald Ruckdeschel, Pat McElderry, Marjorie Smith, Randy Case on conference phone

Committee members absent: Cindy Corsaro, Richard Hansen

Others present: Nina Rikoski/CSFD, Nancy McCauley/CSPD, Tommy Smith/CSFD, Joe Curro/CSPD, Ken Hughlett/CSFD and Jena Rakoczy/CSPD

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Chairman D. Mullin at 4:30 p.m.

Citizen Comment: No citizen comment.

Approval of Minutes:

MOTION: A request to approve the minutes from the February 2, 2011 meeting was made.  J. Pelka moved to approve the meeting minutes, W. Pate second, P. McElderry and M. Smith abstained.  The vote was passed 6-0, with 2 abstaining. 


Business and Updates:

Department Updates


Budget/Fire - Nina Rikoski

N. Rikoski introduced the new Chief, Tommy Smith.  She stated that the Fire Department's new recruits were starting on Monday, April 11th.


N. Rikoski then referenced the update to the PSSTOC handout.  She stated that the generators were just for back-up purposes for the five double company stations. 


N. Rikoski then referenced the sales tax report and stated that the sales tax was running a little less than last year. 


Police - Nancy McCauley

N. McCauley stated that the PSSTOC funding for people's salaries was on track.  She stated that the Records Management System is being implemented.    


N. McCauley stated that police also had 20-29 recruits who had started.  She explained that the academy was 6 months long then the recruits would be field trained.  She stated the Police Department would still be actively recruiting for the next academy which is scheduled for November 2011. 


Discussion & Action Items

Nominations and Election of 2011 Vice-Chair

Chairman Mullin stated that there were two Vice-Chair nominees: Joe Pelka and Cindy Corsaro.  J. Pelka stated that he has been with the Committee since the inception and since he only works part-time he is available and willing to serve.  Previously C. Corsaro had stated that she was interested in the vice-chair position.  The vote for J. Pelka as Vice-Chair was passed 7-0, with 1 abstaining.  Chairman D. Mullin thanked Cindi for her service as Vice-Chair for 2010. 


The Fire Department was asked if they were phasing out fire investigators.  T. Smith stated that for the past 10-15 years the Fire Department had fire investigators.  There was a question of how they were paid and it was decided to move the positions from sworn to civilian however they would not have any arresting powers.    He stated there is one sworn investigator under the Fire Marshall.   


The Fire Department was also asked if the engine causing the carbon monoxide (CO) issue would be refurbished.  T. Smith explained that the engine at Station 6 had been refurbished with a new engine which was cleaner than a new engine.  T. Smith also stated that 10 stations were scheduled to receive the Plymovent ventilation system.    


The Police Department was asked if they resolved the problem with the computers.  N. McCauley stated that the project was funded wholly out of general funds; no PSSTOC funds were used.


The Police Department was also asked what was happening with the budget process.  N. McCauley stated everyone was waiting on the new Strong Mayer.  She stated in the past the City Manger did the budget, now the Mayor's budget would be presented to City Council. 


N. Rikoski thanked the PSSTOC for their support referencing last meeting's minutes regarding Station #21.  She stated that the Fire Department may not buy new apparatus equipment as there is a variety of options for both staffing as well as equipment.  She stated that ground breaking might be in 2013. 


The question of what will happen to the 2012 Budget was asked.  N McCauley stated that it is unknown what will happen with the budget process.  She stated they are waiting to see what the new strong mayor will do. 


The topic of advertising for new people for the Committee was discussed.  Chairman D. Mullin stated he would check with R. Hansen for insight on how to contact new people. 


The Committee's next meeting was determined with the idea of working on the October budget presentation.  It was suggested inviting the new mayor, all of the Council Members and Bernie Herpin as the liaison to the next meeting as a meet and greet session. 


It was noted that M. Smith and P. McElderry were at their term limits.  M. Smith stated she would like to stay on.  T. Cassibry stated that he may or may not be returning, depending on his job situation. 


Next Meeting Date - August 3, 2011



The meeting was adjourned at 5:12 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.