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

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Committee members in attendance:

Bernie Herpin, Winfield Pate, Marjorie Smith, Ron Ruckdeschel, Edward Carroll, Dan Mullin. 

Committee members absent:  Tim Cassibry, Debbie Klisch, Glen Florea.

Others present:   Chief Chris Riley (CSFD), Deputy Chief Vince Niski (CSPD), Deputy Chief Mark Smith (CSPD), Sue Autry (CSPD), Leslie Hickey (CSFD), Ken Hughlett (OEM), Nancy McCauley (CSPD), Kenny Rankin (CSFD), Lorraine Lawson (CSPD CAPS Volunteer).

Call to Order:  Dan Mullin called the meeting to order at 4:34 pm.

Citizen Comment:   No citizen comment.

Chief Chris Riley was introduced to the committee.  He explained that he has worked in the fire service for 32 years, was most recently the Fire Chief in Pueblo. He also discussed being in the fire service in California where he became well versed in the topics of wildland fire suppression, prevention and mitigation.  Given his experience, he clearly recognizes the need for prevention and mitigation in the Colorado Springs area. 

Approval of Minutes:

MOTION:  E. Carroll moved to approve the minutes from the September 4, 2013 meeting as written.  W. Pate seconded the motion.  There was no discussion and the motion passed 6-0 with D. Mullen abstaining.

Business and Updates:  

Bernie Herpin is welcomed back to the committee. 


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

CSFD – Update:  L. Hickey spoke regarding the status of the 2013 budget.  Revenue continues to increase each month.  Regarding the preliminary 2014 budget, L. Hickey informed the Committee that CSFD intends to proceed with the Fire Department Complex, Phase II Capital Improvement Project.  This project is one of the original projects included in the ballot language.  L. Hickey also mentioned CSFD will create a couple of new positions in 2014 using PSST funding. 

K. Rankin updated spoke about the ventilation projects and identified that Station 12 will be worked on in 2014; and, stations 1, 3, and 15 will be worked on from 2015 – 2017.  He also discussed the options of creating a health clinic at headquarters or at former Station 8. 

CSPD – Update:   N. McCauley advised that, as a result of the Patrol Efficiency Study (presented to the Committee at the August PSSTOC meeting), CSPD is requesting additional sworn and civilian positions in the 2014 budget.   The Efficiency Study recommended adding 36 Police Officer and 10 Sergeant positions.  Due to capacity issues at the Training Academy, CSPD will need to add these new positions over a two year period.  In 2014, CSPD has requested 26 Police Officer and 5 Sergeant positions.  Ten of the Police Officer positions will be funded through PSST. 

CSPD also requested funding for vehicle replacement in 2014.  A portion of these vehicles would be replaced using PSST funding.  E. Carroll asked if PD and FD have a vehicle management plan.   S. Autry advised that the new fleet contract is almost complete.  This contract will govern fleet related expenses for the City. 

Members Discussion:

The Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee 12th annual report presentation slides were discussed by the committee.  Discussion consisted of: 

  • Presentation of old projections versus new.
  • How revenues have shifted and project timelines.
  • Presentation to city council, coming out of a six year recession and recovering.
  • Supply and demand for service.
  • How to present certain slides and verbiage for the committee to use.

M. Smith had another commitment to attend and needed to leave at 6:27 pm.

The city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 14, 2013.

Next meeting date, February 5, 2014


The meeting ended at 6:40 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.