PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING – January 8, 2004
Sawyer County Courthouse, Large Courtroom – 9:00 a.m.
REVISED: January 9, 2004
Members present: Frank Romnes, Shirley Suhsen, Nate DeLong, Bill Voight and Tom LaCapa. Others present were Ray Boeckman, Brian Cody, Lt. Kurt Barthel, Sherrie Shelton, Carol Larson, Elmer Vaverka
Frank Romnes called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
Shirley Suhsen moved and Bill Voight seconded to approve the revised agenda as presented. Motion carried.
Bill Voight moved and Shirley Suhsen seconded to approve the minutes of the December, 2003, meeting as presented. Motion carried.
Nate DeLong moved and Shirley Suhsen seconded to approve out of county travel for Ray Boeckman to attend Northwest regional training in Grantsburg on January 16, and for training in Wausau on January 20, 2004. Motion carried.
Ray Boeckman reported that he will be meeting with veterans in Exeland on January 13 to set up monthly visits there.
Nate DeLong moved and Frank Romnes seconded to approve the veterans’ vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Dean Pearson was not present. Shirley Suhsen moved and Nate DeLong seconded to approve the Coroner’s vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Animal Control Report
Tom LaCapa entered.
Sherrie Shelton presented information concerning reimbursement for compensatory hours for which she was not paid in 2003. The committee discussed the issue at length and recommended that some type of log of calls to which the animal control officer responds be presented to the committee at the monthly public safety meetings. Carol Larson recommended that Sherrie Shelton be paid for compensatory hours for which she has not been paid in 2003. Shirley Suhsen made a motion to pay Sherrie Shelton for compensatory hours. No second was made. The committee recommended that this issue be discussed with Sheriff Meier and Carol Larson and that this issue be placed on the February, 2004, public safety meeting agenda. The committee advised Sherrie to continue working her current schedule until the issue is resolved.
Elmer Vaverka presented the committee with his concerns regarding a citation he received from Animal Control Officer Shelton for having cattle at large.
Shirley Suhsen moved and Tom LaCapa seconded to approve the Animal Control vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Brian Cody stated that he is waiting to hear from a software vendor before beginning to enter data for the EMS Needs Assessment study.
Brian Cody informed the committee that $185,000.00 in grant monies were received.
Tom LaCapa exited.
Brian Cody reported that there is a new EMT class beginning January 12, 2004.
Bill Voight moved and Frank Romnes seconded to approve the Ambulance vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Jail Modification Committee Update
Kris Mayberry is working on scheduling public meetings on the jail referendum issue.
Ray Boeckman and Brian Cody exit.
Sheriff’s Report/Jail Report:
Shirley Suhsen moved and Bill Voight seconded out of county travel for Investigator Ross to travel to Madison on January 8 and January 29, 2004, and for Rose Lillyroot to attend software training on January 21-23, 2004, in Eau Claire. Motion carried.
Bill Voight moved and Nate DeLong seconded to approve the sheriff’s department vouchers as presented with the addition of the Northern Lakes Cooperative bill and credit card bills that have not yet been received. Motion carried.
Lt. Barthel advised the committee about modifications being made to the jail.
Lt. Barthel advised that the recreation officer had broken his leg and had not yet begun his new position. Lt. Barthel requested that the recreation officer be assigned to light duty when feasible, and the committee agreed that he could be assigned to light duty per the Sheriff’s discretion. By consensus, the committee also confirmed that the recreation officer’s position will be considered an assignment of duties that are partially reimbursable from state funding, not a “granted” position. As such, the deputy will not lose any union status by posting into the recreation officer position.
Lt. Barthel advised the committee that squad car bid ads are being published and he anticipated bids would be presented at the February, 2004, meeting.
Motion by Shirley Suhsen and seconded by Frank Romnes to convene into closed session at 10:30 a.m. pursuant to Section 19.85(1)(c) Wisconsin Statutes for the purpose of interviewing applicants for a dispatcher position in the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department. Motion carried.
Minutes recorded by Margie Schull