Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee - Minutes
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee Meeting Minutes
Meeting Minutes: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Committee members in attendance: Cindy Corsaro, Robert Gallagher, Bernie Herpin, Pat McElderry, Frank O?Donnell, Winfield Pate, Joe Pelka, Marjorie Smith
Committee members absent: Randy Case II, Richard Hansen, Ronald Ruckdeschel
Others present: Dan Raider/CSFD,
Call to Order: Vice Chair Marjorie Smith called the meeting to order at 4:28 p.m.
Citizen Comment: No citizen comment.
Cindy Corsaro introduced herself as the new Committee member for PSSTOC. Her background is in emergency preparedness and citizen protection. She was welcomed by the group.
Approval of Minutes:
MOTION: Bernie Herpin moved to approve the minutes as corrected (minor typo) and Winfield Pate seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously passed with a 6-0-0 vote.
Pat McElderry and Joe Pelka arrive at 4:36 p.m.
Amendments 200/201 and Safer Community Initiative 1A: Frank O?Donnell began the discussion with a reference to an article in the Colorado Springs Independent by Ralph Routon that raised the question of whether the County and City police departments should be merged to gain efficiencies. The
Annual Presentation Recap: Vice Chair Marjorie Smith made the annual presentation to Council in October. Only feedback from Council was a comment that the police and fire slides should have more clearly stated how bad public safety really is for our community. CSPD and CSFD were asked by Council women Radford for additional information and this information has been provided to her. For the Fire Department, the challenge is that the current data does not show how bad it will be as estimated in the future.
Note: Chair Richard Hansen added post-meeting that demonstrating a public safety improvement resulting from PSST expenditures is a priority responsibility of the PSSTOC. Priority one response time has been the key measurement, and the results have shown measurable improvement. Other measurement indicators were included in the PSSTOC annual report in prior years; however, they were eliminated for 2008 because they were redundant with planned CSFD and CSPD reporting. Reporting on all public safety performance and unfunded requirements is beyond the scope of the PSSTOC mission.
Police Update: All CIP projects are now completed, with the exception of the land purchase for the 5th Division. PSST money goes to pay for salaries and benefits and therefore, the Police Department will only provide updates to the PSSTOC as necessary. The Committee members acknowledged that they understood this and were fine with receiving reports only as needed. Police will still be represented at PSSTOC meetings. The Police Gold Hill Construction/Operations Center renovation Project returned $60,000 and the DNA lab construction project returned $70,000 respectively to the PSST Fund Balance as they were completed under budget. Vice Chair states that the DNA lab ribbon cutting ceremony was very nice and seemed to be well received by the community.
Fire Update: Bob Lund presented the Fire update. Station 2?s air quality improvement work has been completed and final payment is being processed; the engineer is working on finalizing the design for Station 7. The RFP for moving Station 1 is being reviewed next week. The Architect for Station 21 (Stetson Ridge) is moving forward on the design of the station. The COP sale for Fire Stations 1 and 21 continues to be delayed due to volatility in the market. When they get ready to select a contractor for Stations 1 and 21, the Fire Department indicated that the City Procurement Services Division would be interested in having a PSSTOC member sit in on the contractor selection, just as Marjorie Smith did on the new Station 8. Whoever participates will need to sign the integrity form and make sure there is no conflict of interest.
Elections: Pat McElderry nominated Richard Hansen to retain Chair and Marjorie Smith as Vice Chair. Bernie Herpin seconded the nomination. (Note: 3 terms are allowed per the Committee?s Policy and Procedures; this will be the 3rd term for both Richard and Marjorie in their current positions.)
MOTION: Winfield Pate moves to close nominations and Joe Pelka seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously passed with an 8-0-0 vote.
Meeting adjourned at 5:33 P.M.