Public Safety Advisory Committee
Executive Committee, March 8, 2017
Meeting Minutes

The Public Safety Advisory Committee’s Executive Committee met on March 8, 2017 at the Erie County Department of Public Safety (ECDOPS) building at 2880 Flower Road. The meeting was called to order at 1:00 PM by the Advisory Committee’s Chair, James Rosenbaum.

Member’s in Attendance: James Rosenbaum, Rich Stebell, Scott Heidt, Dale Robinson, Bill Hagerty, Joe Walko, John Grappy, Jim Carstater, Kale Asp and Keerinique Valencic.

Opening Comments:

Approval of Minutes: Minutes from the General Committee meeting held 02/08/17 were approved with no corrections.

Public Safety and Subcommittee Reports:

Director of Public Safety – John Grappy

  • Had a meeting with Director of Administration Gary Lee earlier this week to discuss the pay plan for the telecommunication staff.  The administration is engaged and ready to move forward with discussions with County Council.
  • Next Generation Radio Project
    • There is a press conference scheduled for 03/09/2017 @ 10:00AM to announce the completion of Phase 1 (early deployment of dispatch console system).
    • Will finalize the critical design review at next meeting on 03/23/17. Once this is signed off on the infrastructure equipment will be ordered and shipped to begin installation.
    • We cutover to the new Zetron consoles on 02/14/17 with completion on 02/17/17.
      • Four major benefits to the early cutover: increased reliability, improved audio quality, allows the telecommunication staff to become proficient with this system, and also immediate cost savings of $210,000.00.
      • Feedback regarding the new system has been very positive.
  • Still working to finalize the land property agreements for tower construction.
    • We are having issues with two state game lands sites. We were denied but still pursuing as well as looking for alternative sites.
  • Finalized design of MPLS Microwave System but it is currently on hold until tower site locations are finalized.



Emergency Management Coordinator – Dale Robinson

  • Annual Elected Officials Briefing – we usually try to have a joint training with ECATO and ECAB but we could not make that happen this year.  ECATO would prefer if we come to their Annual Schools Night Out to discuss emergency management.
    • Erie COG has stated that they will sponsor something and reach out to ECAB to try and get a date scheduled.
    • The NWS will be on site on Friday, 3/10 to review our Storm Ready Plan; official designation is expected soon after.
    • Hazard Mitigation Plan
      • Will educate municipalities as to the purpose of the plan to assist in the development.
      • Working with the Planning Department to see if they can assist the municipalities with funding for projects.
      • It appears that we will have 100% participation from all the municipalities.
      • Received phone call from the Gannon Professor that they could not get interns for this spring. Brian Mesaros will review and finalize the Rail Safety Plan very soon.
        • All five spill response trailers are here and ready to be placed. Just waiting to see what labeling needs to be put on the trailers. We will hold a press conference in the future after we hear back from the State.

Director of Public Safety – John Grappy

  • Kale and I attended the PEMA 9-1-1 Advisory Board meeting last Friday in Harrisburg. PEMA has changed the funding formula to keep funding the same through the end of 2018. A permanent funding formula will then be developed.
    • Each county will be audited by the State. Auditors are currently here in Erie County and everything seems to be going well.
    • Aggressively looking for new CAD vendors. RFP has been finalized and will be released this week.  We are looking at implementation of the new Regional CAD System in the first or second quarter of 2018.

Emergency Medical Services Committee – Bill Hagerty

  • The EMS subcommittee had a meeting last week and reviewed the MCI Plan; once the plan is finalized, we will get a small group from 9-1-1 to work on policies to follow that plan.
  • Moving forward with the implementation of the County EMS Response Plan.




Fire Services Committee – Chief Joe Walko

  • There was a discussion on possibly creating standard training for volunteer fire fighters. Everyone agrees that this would be a good idea; however, they don’t want to jeopardize man power.
  • Another discussion regarding the old fire fighter training center and what it would take to re-certify it.

Law Enforcement Committee – Chief Scott Heidt

  • No report.

Law and Legislative Committee – Jim Carstater

  • The next SWAB meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday March 19th. Anticipating on getting a new list at that time.
  • SR60 rewrite senate approval received on 02/01/17.
  • Senate Bill 413 has been introduced; this would provide a 15% real estate credit tax for anyone that performs 100 hours of volunteer work for two consecutive years.
  • Conversation about Gaming Funds and how they will be distributed.

Old Business: None.

New Business: None.

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 2:11PM.

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