Public Safety Advisory Committee
Executive Committee, June 6th, 2018
Meeting Minutes

 The Public Safety’s Advisory Committee met on June 6th, 2018 at the Erie County Department of Public Safety (ECDOPS) building at 2880 Flower Road. The meeting was called to order at 1:01 PM by the Advisory Committee’s Chair, Jim Rosenbaum.

Member’s in Attendance: Jim Rosenbaum, Dan Loewenheim, Guy Santone, Chuck Kanarr, Jim Carstater, Kathy Fatica, Kale Asp, John Grappy, John Durlin, Charles Ramsey, Dale Robinson, Kathy Dahlkemper, Dan Spizarny and Keerinique Valencic.

Approval of Minutes: Minutes from the Executive Committee meeting held on 05/09/18 were approved with no corrections.

Public Safety and Subcommittee Reports:

Director’s Report – John Grappy

  • Membership roster was sent out. We currently have a full roster of 15 members.
  • Currently working on the 3 year review for our budget process.
  • Act 12 Regional Projects
    • Telephony system training will be tomorrow and Friday for text to 9-1-1.
    • Regional CAD is moving forward.
      • CAD build week begins in two weeks.
      • Implementation for first quarter of 2019.
  • Record Management System was approved by the County Executive and County Council.
    • Currently in the contract signing phase.
    • Centralized record system for all Erie County Law Enforcement.
    • This will take place in the first quarter of 2019.
    • Next Generation Radio System
      • Subscriber units’ early deployment has been completed.
      • Radio division is currently programming portables and mobiles for City of Erie Police.
      • Tower construction is well underway. Fairview, Harborcreek and Greenfield are completed.
      • Microwave system equipment has been ordered and should be here within the next month.
      • Project completion still expected at the end of 2018



  • First Net
    • We have conducted drive testing coverage for AT&T and Verizon; they are both comparable.
    • AT&T has launched a program where first responders and individuals affiliated with Public Safety can get a discounted price for their phones and/or tablets.
    • First Net provides preemption and priority for subscribers with public safety affiliation.

EMA Report- Dale Robinson

  • County EOP was approved and we are working to disseminate this information.
  • Met with Mayor Schember to discuss Emergency Management program for the City of Erie. EMA Program review to be conducted with City of Erie in conjunction with PEMA.
  • We are working with FEMA and AmeriCorps to develop a program called emergency hubs.
    • If a disaster happens or extended power outage, there will be an established area where people can gather to assist those in need.
    • Regional Logistics Exercise scheduled for the end of October.
    • Hazard Mitigation Plan is finalized; only one municipality that has not signed yet.
    • Still in the planning stages of rail exercises; East County to be scheduled.
    • Dan Loewenheim is the new EMA Specialist.

Communications Committee – John Durlin

  • Nothing to report.

Emergency Medical Services Committee – John Durlin

  • We had a meeting to discuss the MCI Plan and EMS Plan yesterday.
    • Discussed changing the language in regards to pre-plans instead of notifying several agencies for the EMS Plan.
    • Bill Hagerty was able to secure funding for the MCI Plan kits and they will begin to order items for those kits.

Law Enforcement Committee – Chief Spizarny

  • No report.

Public Education Committee – John Durlin

  • Discussion about National Night Out (August) and other education events.

Fire Services Committee – Chief Santone

  • No report.

Emergency Management Committee – Chuck Kanarr

  • No report.

Law and Legislative Committee – Jim Carstater

  • Discusses legislation not being passed, but unfortunately we have had a lot of turnover in the house and senate.
  • Discussion about SR6 commission continues to address recruitment / retention issues.
    • Incentives are not the answer to the volunteer problem.

Recruitment and Retention Committee Discussion

  • Need to have more elected officials on the committee if we want to make any positive change on the issue.  Meeting to be scheduled between Erie COG, Jim Rosenbaum, Dale Robinson and Director Grappy.

Old Business: None.

New Business: None.

Good of the Order:

  • The Senate reported an amended bill 1157; audit of the state radio system.
  • Kathy Fatica stated that there was a resolution through County Council in support of the pre-emptive (relco) system for emergency services.  Erie COG will be applying for a grant to expand the relco system to 14 receivers, 10 emitters and 8 beacons in the amount of approx. $50,000.
  • Carl Anderson of County Council to possibly serve on the recruitment and retention committee.

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 2:23 PM.

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