Public Safety Advisory Committee
Executive Committee, April 12, 2017
Meeting Minutes

The Public Safety Advisory Committee’s Executive Committee met on April 12, 2017 at the Erie County Department of Public Safety (ECDOPS) building at 2880 Flower Road. The meeting was called to order at 1:16 PM by the Advisory Committee’s Chair, James Rosenbaum.

Member’s in Attendance: Jim Carstater, Ron Hawryliw, Guy Santone, Scott Heidt, Bill Hagerty, John Durlin, Dale Robinson, Kale Asp, Cathy Hornick, Jim Rosenbaum, John Grappy, Kathy Fatica and Keerinique Valencic.

Approval of Minutes: Minutes from the Executive Committee meeting held 03/08/17 were approved with no corrections.

Public Safety and Subcommittee Reports:

Director of Public Safety – John Grappy

  • It is National Telecommunicator’s Week
    • Erie Times News did an article regarding our 9-1-1 center and it has captured national attention through NENA.
    • We have provided lunches a couple days this week for the telecommunication staff as well as water bottles with candy. Additionally, Stat MedEvac provided water bottles, Millcreek Paramedic Service provided lunch one day, Erie Fire Department gave each telecommunicator a smoke detector, the County Executive and Saint Vincent’s provided cookies for each shift.
    • There was a conversation about the importance of retaining telecommunicators and how their experience and quality of training can set the tone for the entire call. Kathy Fatica would like members from this committee to speak about the importance of this at a County Council meeting when the time is right.
      • The pay plan is still under consideration but on hold for now.
      • Another conversation about having members of County Council spend some time up here to get a real grasp on what the telecommunicators do.
  • There is a petition to reclassify telecommunicators as Protective Service Occupations; they are currently classified as Office and Administrative Support.
  • A press conference was held on 04/05/17 at Public Safety regarding the new spill response trailers.
    • We will be having another press conference on 05/08/17 at 10:00AM announcing our Storm Ready and IPAWS designations.
    • Act 12 (2015) 15% regional projects and interconnectivity funding.  We have done some calculations and found that the projects that have been funded 100% by this act have saved the County $376,600.00.
    • Working with the Northern Tier Consortium, we have released an RFP for a regional CAD system.   Projected savings to Erie County in excess of $2 M.
    • Next Generation Radio Project‘s critical design review will be completed 05/01/17.
      • Equipment is starting to be delivered, looking to rollout equipment in June or July.
      • Mobilcom will be installing the mobile equipment.
      • Land property agreements for the City of Corry, Fairview and Greenfield Township Fire Department have been fully executed.
        • Harborcreek Township we are currently working with our solicitor for some language changes.
        • The PA Fish and Boat Commission have verbally approved the location at the Elk Creek access area as well as the Penn Dot depot, just south of Union City Borough.
        • Unfortunately we were unable to get approval for state game land 314 and 161; alternate sites identified for those locations; site 1 is just north east of 314 and is owned by Springfield Township; site 2 is directly across the street from 161 on Clemens Rd.
        • FirstNet (National Public Safety Broadband Network) contract was awarded to AT&T.
        • Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting schedule May 2 between the  municipalities, planning department, department of public safety and JH Consulting.

Communications Committee – Ron Hawryliw

  • Want to have a meeting soon with the new committee to discuss the history of the radio project and what the next steps will be.

Emergency Medical Services Committee – Bill Hagerty

  • We had a meeting a few weeks ago and we divided up some duties to change the MCI Plan. One member is bringing a triage kit to the meeting tomorrow; we would like to have all the agencies that complete the training to have one of these kits.  

Fire Services Committee – Chief Guy Santone

  • No Report


Law Enforcement Committee – Chief Scott Heidt

  • No Report

Law and Legislative Committee – Jim Carstater

  • There is going to be another attempt at the Fireworks Bill.
  • Workers Comp is becoming a hot topic with the Cancer Presumption Act. The insurance industry believes they may have made a mistake by walking away from providing the coverage. There is talk of forming a workers comp pool to offer workers comp specifically to the fire service.
  • There is discussion about increasing the amount going into the Relief Associated Fund which would help to fund some of these programs if they become legal.
  • Instructors group discussion about going back to the old formula.
  • SR60 deadline is in 2018.

Public Education Committee – Cathy Hornick

  • Lecom has agreed to have presentations at 3 of their facilities.
  • Looking to have a presentation at St. James School very soon.
  • National Night Out will be August 1st this year, would like to have someone from the 9-1-1 center at Gridley Park for this event.
  • West Side States collaborated with the Pike Fraternity to paint an overnight shelter just for women in Erie.
  • Will be doing spring cleanup on Earth Day.
  • Kathy Fatica advised that the County has a small trailer that represents a child’s room that has clues that may indicate your child may be involved in substance abuse.  She is not sure if the trailer is completed, but informed Cathy Hornick to contact the County Executive’s office to get more information.
  • Next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held on 07/10/17 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at the Church of the Covenant at 250 W 7th St Room 116.
  • Currently working with Mike Adams with GIS to redo the Neighborhood Watch map.

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 2:30PM.

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