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October 6, 2016 BOD Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

  • M. Singels, President
  • J. Carson, Sgt-at-Arms
  • R. Biechler, Treasurer
  • T. Charles
  • J. Keller

Board Members Absent:

  • J. Havenar, Vice President
  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • S. Pugsley
  • D. Graham
  • B. Walsh

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Staff Attorney

Guests:

  • Kevin Dunbaugh, Edward Jones
  • PPA Members 

General Session called to order at 11:00am

 General Member Concerns:

  • Question regarding span of control (ratio of Sergeants to Officers per shift): to be clarified at monthly meeting with the Chiefs.
  • Request for clarification regarding Special Events coverage: to be discussed at monthly meeting with the Chiefs.
  • Acknowledgement of the PPA Board for its efforts in bringing issues forward to Command staff and City officials.

Member Discussion Items:

  • Approval of Audit and 2015 Form 990: Held over for November 2016 meeting due to lack of quorum for voting.
  • Political Endorsements: Consistent with prior discussions, political endorsements and donations for local legislative incumbents will be based on bills sponsored and voting history. As such, the board will not be providing endorsements at this time. A contribution to the Amendment 71 campaign was recommended and is currently awaiting board approval.
  • Pay and Benefits Update: Wrap-up given on pay and benefit discussions with City officials.
  • Board of Director Elections: Ballots to be dropped on October 13th and collected on November 15th.
  • Fallen Officer Fund: recommendation by Kevin Dunbaugh of Edward Jones to utilize dividend income from general investment account to help build the Fallen Officer Fund. Discussion to be continued and voted on at November meeting.

Agenda for the Chiefs’ meeting:

  • Span of Control
  • Special Event coverage

Financial Report: August and September 2016 financials presented but not voted on due to a lack of quorum.  Vote to be conducted at November 3rd Board meeting.

Investment Accts.     September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016
Checking $   50,386.58 $71,384.39 $   42,826.68 $48,314.96 $   29,915.70 $   21,323.68
Gen. Invested Fund $298,995.29 $298,325.73 $297,977.07 $284,840.81 $290,146.25 $287,438.18
Fallen Officers Fd. $130,726.13 $129,843.03 $129,248.09 $124,258.93 $125,512.84 $124,857.26
Totals $480,108.00 $499,533.15 $470,051.84 $457,414.70 $445,574.79 $433,619.12

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:30pm

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October 2016 BOD Agenda Posted

October 2016 Board of Directors meeting agenda is now posted.  Members please log in to access.

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October 6, 2016 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, October 6th— 10:30 AM Executive Session; 11:00 AM General Session

General Session:

Call to order

General Membership Concerns

Member Discussion Items:

  • Approval of Audit and 2015 Form 990
  • Political Endorsements: Pete Lee; Kit Roupe; Amendment 71; D-11
  • Pay and Compensation Update
  • RFP Update
  • Shift Start Times
  • Board of Director Elections
  • Agenda items for October 12th Meeting with the Chiefs (POC: 10:30am)
  • September Financial Report
  • Children’s Party
  • Medal of Valor

Adjournment

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Political Endorsement

The Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association, representing the

interests of its 850+ members, unanimously voted to endorse Donald Trump for President of

the United States of America. Donald Trump’s decisive commitment to both the safety of our

citizens and respect for members of the law enforcement community are the motivating factors

in providing this endorsement. We believe Mr. Trump represents the best interests of all

Americans.

 

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Tis Almost the Holiday Season…

CSPPA members — call office to reserve your spot for our holiday galas!

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September 1, 2016 BOD Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

M. Singels, President

J. Havenar, Vice President

J. Carson, Sgt-at-Arms

S. Pugsley

D. Graham

W. Walsh

T. Charles

J. Keller

Board Members Absent:

R. Biechler, Treasurer

R. Williamson, Secretary

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

R. Keller, Office Manager

J. Newsome, Staff Attorney

Guests:

Kevin Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

General Session called to order 11:00am

General Member Concerns:

Clarified member questions regarding FLSA guidelines

Member Discussion Items:

Christmas Party Update: Christmas committee met with facility representative to discuss budget; mechanisms to reduce expenses discussed; event to be held December 17th at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

Children’s Party: Former site (iT’Z) no longer in business; options explored and to be discussed at future board meeting.

Pay and Compensation update: City HR Director Mike Sullivan to meet with pay and compensation committee members on September 2nd. Committee is scheduled to meet with Mayor John Suthers, and separately, with City Council Member Jill Gaebler, on September 6th.

Health RFP Committee Update: Committee completed work. Results to remain confidential until released by City.

By-law Review: By-laws amended to remove time restrictions regarding length of membership necessary prior to running for Board of Directors.

1st D. Graham

2nd T. Charles

All approved

Agenda for the Chiefs’ meeting:

Staffing

Shift start times

Financial Report: Full report to be given at board meeting on October 6th.  Data unavailable at time of September meeting.

Investment Accounts     August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016
Checking $71,384.39 $42,826.68 $48,314.96 $29,915.70 $21,323.68 $53,476.64
Gen.Invested Fund $298,325.73 $297,977.07 $284,840.81 $290,146.25 $287,438.18 $284,205.27
Fallen Officers Fd. $129,843.03 $129,248.09 $124,258.93 $125,512.84 $124,857.26 $123,066.33
Totals $499,533.15 $470,051.84 $457,414.70 $445,574.79 $433,619.12 $460,748.24

Miscellaneous:

The board approved a $200 donation to Pioneer Elementary School in support of a new school club. CSPPA badge logo to be printed on club shirts.

1st J. Havenar

2nd J. Carson

All approved

Meeting adjourned at 12:50pm

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CSPPA Board of Directors Elections

The CSPPA is now accepting candidate names for the upcoming Board of Directors election.  If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact Sherryl for more information.  Seats open include Vice President, Secretary, two Sworn-at-Large, and one Civilian-at-Large.  Candidates must be active members in good standing.

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September BOD Agenda Posted

September 2016 Board of Directors meeting agenda is now posted.  Members please log in to access.

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September 1, 2016 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, September 1st — 10:30 AM Executive Session; 11:00 AM General Session

General Session:

Call to order

General Membership Concerns

Member Discussion Items:

  • Christmas gala update
  • Children’s party
  • Pay and Compensation Update
  • RFP update
  • Shift start times
  • By-law review
  • Board of Director elections
  • Agenda items for September 21st  Meeting with the Chiefs (PPA: 10:30am)

August Financial Report

Adjournment

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Blue • Grey • Black • My Service to Country by Don Cesare

Blue•Grey•Black    My Service to Country — by Don Cesare

Don Cesare, long-time friend of the CSPPA, recently published a memoir of his 20 years spent as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  A copy is available in the CSPPA office, or if you prefer, copies can be ordered via Amazon.com.

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August 2016 Meeting Minutes Available

August 2016 Board of Directors meeting minutes now posted.  Members log in to access.

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August 4, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

J. Havenar, Vice President

R. Williamson, Secretary

R. Biechler, Treasurer

J. Carson, Sgt-at-Arms

P. Tomitsch

S. Pugsley

D. Graham

B. Walsh

T. Charles

J. Keller

Board Members Absent:

M. Singels, President

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

R. Keller, Office Manager

Guests:

U.S. Senate Candidate Darryl Jones

Kevin Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

Meeting called to order 11:00am

General Member Concerns:

  • Update requested on take-home car list
  • Concern expressed regarding department expenditures for safety equipment vs. body worn cameras

U.S. Senate Candidate/EPCO Commissioner Darryl Glenn: Commissioner Glenn attended the board meeting to thank the CSPPA for its $1000 contribution to his U.S. Senate campaign.  In addition, he discussed his commitment to supporting the law enforcement community and his intent to carry that message to Washington if elected.  Commissioner Glenn also indicated his willingness to be a voice for the CSPPA and CSPD, by helping facilitate meetings with local city officials if needed.

He will be holding his first “listening meeting” in Denver on August 20th, designed to gain insight for policy development.  The CSPPA Board offered to help facilitate a meeting for Mr. Glenn with the Denver PPA as well.

Member Discussion Items:

Power Point Presentation of CSPPA online survey results: Survey results discussed; will be released on member only portal of CSPPA website; non-members can view paper copy of presentation at CSPPA office; results to be further analyzed by crosstabs to give CSPPA Board greater strategic insight.

Pay and Compensation update: CSPPA pay and compensation committee is scheduled to meet with members of City Council on August 8th; has requested a meeting with Mayor John Suthers; is waiting on a request for updated comparison numbers from City HR Director Mike Sullivan; and has submitted a letter to the Gazette regarding support for law enforcement.

Agenda for the Chiefs’ meeting:

  • Presentation of CSPPA online survey results
  • Response times
  • Shift start times
  • Take home car list update

Financial Report:

Monthly expenditures remain aligned with budget parameters; as demonstrated on balance sheet, current assets are up and current liabilities have decreased.

Investment Accounts     June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016
Checking $48,314.96 $29,915.70 $21,323.68 $53,476.64 $45,953.03 $31,005.16
General Invested Fund $284,840.81 $290,146.25 $287,438.18 $284,205.27 $272,191.45 $272,377.47
Fallen Officers Fund $124,258.93 $125,512.84 $124,857.26 $123,066.33 $116,907.63 $116,399.96
Totals $457,414.70 $445,574.79 $433,619.12 $460,748.24 $435,052.11 $419,782.59

July financials approved.

  • 1st S. Pugsley
  • 2nd B. Walsh
  • All approved

Miscellaneous:

The board discussed and voted to donate $500 to Shield616, a local nonprofit organization founded by CSPPA member Jake Skifstad, which seeks to provide local law enforcement officers with advanced active shooter / crowd control gear.

  • 1st S. Pugsley
  • 2nd P. Tomitsch
  • All approved

The 2016 Fallen Officer Golf Tournament realized a net profit of $7,492.21

CSPPA gym equipment repair to be completed shortly; parts on order.

Meeting adjourned at 12:50pm

 

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Shield616 5K Race/Walk

Support Shield616 by joining the 2016 Springs Spree 5K Race/Walk.  To sign up, click here.

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CSPPA Online Survey Results Available

Members, please log in to access survey results, now available under the “Announcements” tab.

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CSPPA Survey Results

To access results from the CSPPA online survey, copy and paste the following link into your browser.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to call or email the office.  Thank you!

https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/2555f6a6-5faf-43ff-b15e-6dd2fb78b733

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August BOD Agenda Posted

August 2016 Board of Directors meeting agenda is now posted.  Members please log in to access.

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August 4, 2016 Board Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, August 4th — 11:00 AM General Session

General Session:

Call to order

Special guest: U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn

General Membership Concerns

Member Discussion Items:

  • Power Point Presentation: online survey results
  • Pay and Compensation Update
  • Agenda items for August 17th Meeting with the Chiefs (POC)

July Financial Report

Executive Director Report:

  • Golf Tournament Wrap-up

Adjournment

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July 2016 Board Minutes Available

July 2016 Board of Directors meeting minutes now posted.  Members log in to access.

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July 7, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

  • M. Singels, President
  • J. Havenar, Vice President
  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • D. Graham
  • P. Tomitsch
  • J. Keller
  • S. Pugsley
  • B. Walsh

Board Members Absent:

  • R. Biechler, Treasurer
  • J. Carson, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • T. Charles

Staff Members Present:

  • R. Keller, Office Manager

Attendees:

  • Shannon Gerhart, Chief Deputy, 4th Judicial District
  • Amy Fitch, Attorney, 4th Judicial District
  • K. Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

Meeting called to order: 11:00am

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July BOD Agenda Posted

July 2016 Board of Directors meeting agenda is now posted.  Members please log in to access.

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July 2016 BOD Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, July 7th — 11:00 AM General Session

General Session:

Call to order

Chief Deputy D.A. Shannon Gerhart to attend meeting as follow-up to PPA meeting with D.A. Dan May

General Membership Concerns

Member Discussion Items:

  • Primary results/Political Endorsements
  • Health Benefits RFP Process
  • Pay and Compensation Committee/Meeting Schedule
  • Review of Compensation Meeting
  • Member Survey Wrap-up
  • Golf Tournament Update
  • Agenda items for July Meeting with the Chiefs (PPA office)

June Financial Report

Adjournment

 

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June 2016 Minutes Available

June 2016 Board of Directors meeting minutes now posted.  Members log in to access.

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June 9, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

  • M. Singels, President
  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • R. Biechler, Treasurer
  • T. Charles
  • P. Tomitsch
  • J. Keller
  • S. Pugsley
  • B. Walsh

Board Members Absent:

  • J. Havenar, Vice President
  • J. Carson, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • D. Graham

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Attorney

Attendees:

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CSPPA Fallen Officers Memorial Golf Tournament

We are now taking sign-ups for teams to play in the CSPPA 2016 Fallen Officers Memorial Golf Tournament!  Hurry… space is limited!! For information and pertinent details, please see attached flyer… CSPPA Golf Tournament 2016

 

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June 2016 BOD Meeting Agenda

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, June 9th — 11:00 AM General Session/Executive Session to follow

General Session:

Call to order

CSPPA Scholarship Awards Celebration

General Membership Concerns

Member Discussion Items:

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Blue Lives Matter Legislation

According to a September 2015 Rasmussen poll, 58 percent of Americans believe that there’s a war on cops in America, and 60 percent say critical comments by some politicians make it more dangerous for police officers to do their jobs. For more information, click here.

 

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National Use of Force Bill Introduced

A bill introduced by Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), titled Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016, calls for the creation of a new national standard for use of force.  For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

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May 5, 2016 BOD Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

  • M. Singels, President
  • J. Havenar, Vice President
  • J. Carson, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • R. Biechler, Treasurer
  • P. Tomitsch
  • J. Keller
  • D. Graham
  • S. Pugsley
  • B. Walsh

Board Members Absent:

  • R. Williamson, Secretary
  • T. Charles

Staff Members Present:

  • S. Dillon, Executive Director
  • R. Keller, Office Manager
  • J. Newsome, Attorney

Attendees:

  • 6 PPA Members
  • K. Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

Meeting called to order: 11:00am

General Member Concerns:

  1. No concerns brought forward.
  2. Chaplain Gene Steinkirchner extended an invitation to the 40th Anniversary Celebration honoring CSPD’s chaplains, which will be held on Tuesday, May 31st at 2:00pm at the POC.
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June BOD Meeting: Date Change

Please note that due to President Obama’s planned visit to Colorado Springs on Thursday, June 2nd, the Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 9th at 11:00 am.  Our 13 Fallen Officer Fund scholarship recipients will be honored during this meeting.

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Editorial: White House Police Data Initiative

Major Travis Yates, a Commander with the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department and the Editor In Chief for Law Officer, presents his perspective on the White House Police Data Initiative.  According to the article, 54 agencies across the country are currently posting open data about how often officers use their weapons.  For more information, click here.

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2016 State Legislation

The National Conference of State Legislators recently published its Law Enforcement Overview, highlighting police related legislation enacted in several states across the country.  For more information, click here.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2016 BOARD MEETING MINUTES

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

M. Singels, President

J. Havenar, Vice President

J. Carson, Sergeant-at-Arms

P. Tomitsch

J. Keller

D. Graham

T. Charles

S. Pugsley

B. Walsh

Board Members Absent:

R. Biechler, Treasurer

R. Williamson, Secretary

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

R. Keller, Office Manager

Attendees:

8 PPA Members

1 Guest

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NOVEMBER 5, 2015 BOD MEETING MINUTES

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

B. Freeman, President

J. Havenar, Vice President

J. Carson, Sergeant-at-Arms

T. Ives, Treasurer

R. Williamson, Secretary

P. Tomitsch

J. Keller

D. Graham

J. Wohlbach

S. Pugsley

Board Members Absent:

J. Gustafson

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

R. Keller, Office Manager

Guests:

10 PPA Members

2 Guest Presenters

Meeting called to order 11:00am

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CSPPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS…

CSPPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS…

Votes have been tallied and we are excited to announce results of the CSPPA’s  Board of Directors’ election.   Joining John Havenar (Vice President); Roberto Williamson (Secretary); James Keller (Civilian); and Sworn-at-Large members Steve Pugsley and Derek Graham on the CSPPA Board of Directors, effective January 2016, are:


 

  • President: Mike Singels
  • Treasurer: Rod Biechler
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: James Carson (returning)
  • Sworn-at-Large Members: Theron Charles, Pete Tomitsch (returning), and William Walsh

Congratulations to our new and returning members!

 

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Introducing Law Enforcement Family Support

Introducing Law Enforcement Family Support

The CSPPA Board of Directors was recently approached by several member spouses regarding the inception of their new organization, Pikes Peak Region Law Enforcement Family Support (L.E.F.S.).  Designed to serve as a resource for families facing challenges unique to law enforcement careers, L.E.F.S. hopes to grow in capacity to address a wide range of issues, including educational and emotional support needs.  For more information, call 719-800-1587 or email L.E.F.S. at PPRLEFS@gmail.com.

 

 

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OCTOBER 1, 2015 BOD MEETING MINUTES

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

B. Freeman, President

J. Carson, Sergeant-at-Arms

T. Ives, Treasurer

R. Williamson, Secretary

D. Graham

J. Gustafson

S. Pugsley

Board Members Absent:

J. Havenar, Vice President

P. Tomitsch

J. Wohlbach

J. Keller

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

Guests:

6 PPA Members

Kevin Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

Meeting called to order 11:00am

Donation Requests: (2015 Donation funds available: $5450.00)

Pikes Peak Region Law Enforcement Family Support Group: This group was started by four spouses of PPA members, who wish to become a support source among the law enforcement community.

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 BOD MEETING MINUTES

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

B. Freeman, President

J.Havenar, Vice President

T. Ives, Treasurer

D. Graham

P. Tomitsch

J. Wohlbach

J. Keller

J. Gustafson

S. Pugsley

Board Members Absent:

R. Williamson, Secretary

J. Carson, Sergeant-at-Arms

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

R. Keller, Office Manager

Guests:

4 PPA Members

Kevin Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

Meeting called to order 11:00am

Prior to commencing donation requests and member discussion items, a brief synopsis of proposed 2016 health benefits was presented by Ms. Jennifer Stroh,

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Protecting Your Privacy

Protecting Your Privacy

Several resources exist to help protect your privacy. The Denver PPA has negotiated a rate of $25 per year with www.privacyforcops.org, which has been extended to current and retired sworn CSPD members. When prompted, use the code “dpoa” to register at the negotiated rate.  Voter registration and assessor records may also be blocked by filling out forms available at the Citizens Service Center located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.  Please contact the PPA office if you have any questions.

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August 6, 2015 BOD Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

B. Freeman, President

J. Havenar, Vice President

T. Ives, Treasurer

D. Graham

P. Tomitsch

J. Carson

J. Wohlbach

J. Keller

J. Gustafson

Board Members Absent:

R. Williamson, Secretary

S. Pugsley

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

Rich Radabaugh, PPA Attorney

R. Keller, Office Manager

Guests:

4 PPA Members

Kevin Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

Meeting called to order 11:40am

Donation Request: (2015 Donation funds available: $7,400)

No requests

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July 2, 2015 BOD Meeting Minutes

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

J. Havenar, Vice President

T. Ives, Treasurer

R. Williamson, Secretary

J. Wohlbach

J. Keller

S. Pugsley

J. Gustafson

Board Members Absent:

B. Freeman, President

D. Graham

P. Tomitsch

J. Carson

Staff Members Present:

S. Dillon, Executive Director

R. Keller, Office Manager

Guests:

3 PPA Members

Kevin Dunbaugh, Edward Jones

Meeting called to order 11:28am

Approval of July Agenda:

1st S. Pugsley

2nd J. Wohlbach

All approved

Donation Request: (2015 Donation funds available: $7,400)

Request for approval of a $250 donation to the 2015 Restorative Justice Symposium, to be held on September 24-25th at the Beth-El Mennonite Church. The Restorative Justice program goal is to address minor infractions involving first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders in an effort to reduce recidivism.

1st J. Havenar

2nd R. Williamson

All approved

Member Discussion Items:

  1. PPA attorney Rich Radabaugh briefed the board on the Internal Affairs process and issues surrounding the privacy of PPA members when the subject of an IA investigation: if a member receives an IA letter, the officer must first contact the PPA Executive Director to initiate legal representation. The ED contacts legal counsel who then contacts subject officer. It is recommended that subject officers not discuss cases with board members or the ED as such information is subject to subpoena, and the PPA may then be in a position to become a witness against its own members. The PPA board has no right to the circumstances of such cases; the privilege of privacy rests solely on the subject officer.
  2. Executive session meeting protocol: Board member opinions vary with respect to topics that should or should not be discussed in executive session. ED Dillon to draft criteria on executive session for board review at the July meeting.
  3. By Law Review and Revision: It was agreed that bylaws need updating. ED Dillon to revise and submit for board review.
  4. Code enforcement membership status: The status of code enforcement membership, due to the department’s move from PD to Zoning and Land Use, was discussed. Issues surrounding grandfathering such members in to the PPA tabled until the July meeting, pending clarification by the PPA attorney.
  5. Review of PPA meeting with Mayor John Suthers: The Board agreed to back the Mayor’s tax initiative; if the proposed increase passes in the November election, it could buffer the department from cuts having potential impact on officers. Discussions with the Mayor’s office to continue. 
  6. Motion to remove names of former board members and executive director from ENT accounts and to add name of new ED Sherryl Dillon and current board member to accounts. 

1st J.Havenar

2nd T. Ives

All approved

Agenda for the Chief’s meeting on 7/8/15:

  1. Update on meeting with Mayor John Suthers
  2. PPA follow-up on proposal for Chief to consider regarding peer level officer engagement in discipline issues.
  3. Discussion regarding officer evaluation process.
  4. Update on municipal court appearances occurring on scheduled days off.
  5. Concerns regarding length of time for patrol car repairs.

Financial Report:

Discussed the amount of funds that should be kept in checking account; Edward Jones investment advisor K. Dunbaugh recommended keeping a larger amount than typical to enable payments to be made on new building expenses as they arise. Although general fund dollars are down compared to 2014 due to the purchase, the trade off is the investment realized in building ownership.

Approval of May financials:

1st J. Wohlbach

2nd J. Havenar

All approved

Director’s Report:

Update on 516 N. Tejon: Construction underway; demo ongoing; framing to begin shortly; continuing to have regular meetings with contractor and subs; move-in date on track for week of August 10th.

Golf Tournament: 75 golfers signed up to date; email, website, and facebook reminders posted.

Sky Sox Family Night: Scheduled for August 1st at 6:05pm.

Fallen Officers Fund: Received $5000 back from the Hundred Club’s 501(c)(3) PPA Fallen Officer’s Account to reimburse the PPA’s Fallen Officer’s Fund for its donation to the Peace Officer Memorial Ball.

All PPA bulletin boards in substations and the POC have been updated with news and merchandise.

Certifying Municipal Gym: DC Niski to forward contact information to certify equipment.

Getting the word out on open Board seats; current board asked to consider whether to include any additional issues for placement on ballot.

Christmas coin honoree: moving towards Detectives, but will be discussed again at July meeting.

Approval of June Minutes:

1st J. Havenar

2nd R. Williamson

All approved

Meeting adjourned at 1:20pm

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Colonial Insurance

Colonial Insurance

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Colonial Insurance policy, please remember to call the CSPPA’s local representative, Sharesa Fetrow, at 303-688-5922 rather than the 800 customer service number.  Sharesa is very familiar with our policies and is the “go to” person for all CSPPA member concerns regarding Colonial!

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May 2015

 

May 7, 2015

GENERAL SESSION MINUTES

Board Members Present:

B. Freeman, President

R. Williamson, Secretary

T. Ives, Treasurer

J. Carson, Sgt at Arms

J. Keller

J. Havenar

J. Gustafson

J. Wohlbach

P. Tomitsch

Board Members Absent:

S. Pugsley

Staff Members Present:

R. Rogers, Executive Director

S. Dillon, Incoming Executive Director

R. Keller, Office Manager

Guests:

8

Meeting called to order at 11:35 am:

Welcome:

Barry introduced the new Executive Director, Sherryl Dillon.  Sherryl serves as President on the Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 Board. She has political experience at the state and local level. Sherry started in April and will be working alongside of Robin until July 1 to learn about the issues concerning many officers.

Announcement of the new board member. Derek Graham was selected as the new board member to fill a vacant position.

 

Donation requests: We have $3,400 available for donations.

Denver Police Protective Association Golf Tournament: Request for $250.00.Have given to DPPA in past, thought was to continue with tradition.

1st John Havenar

2nd Jill Wohlbach

All Approved

Membership Issues:

    1. Barry Freeman; Solicit walkers for relay for life on 06/27/2015. This takes place at Liberty High School; it is fund raiser for American Cancer Society. PPA donated monies for this event, need walkers to participate. Get information out to members, to see if they are willing to walk. This is for a good cause.
    2. Barry Freeman; Air Unit Support: Was approached about starting up the air unit again. This would be in conjunction with the SO, and available funds.   This is later, possible next year.  Wanted the PPA BOD to be aware of this and consider the support of the Air Unit.
    3. Barry Freeman; PPA Gym certification for workout/workers comp. The PPA’s gym needs to be certified before officers are covered under workman’s comp. Mike Ray was looking into this as he knows a person who could inspect and certify the equipment that it is safe.  Pete Tomitsch will reach out to Mike.  Also it was discussed at the last chiefs meeting about using the Training Academy gym 24/7. The details are being worked out. PPA may have to pay for some construction cost, (at the training academy) if this is approved.
    4. Qualifying at the Range: Tim Ives brought up concerns now if you fail to qualify at the range (range Failure). Rumor: if you fail you will be issued an SDR. If you fail a second time, you will be issued a written reprimand.  This is going to be brought up in the chiefs meeting. These were on site, or discipline would be served immediately.
    5. Body Worn Cameras: Tim Ives learned that the IT department was already negotiating a contact or deal on the body worn cameras. He advised they were still testing the cameras from other vendors, but IT was in the process of deciding which camera to use. Tim’s concern was why continue to test the cameras it one is being picked.   He was concerned we need a quality product, and should not rush to pick a product.  Pete Tomitsch brought up the fact that cameras are coming and the PPA and PD should get on board/behind the chiefs and support this. He believes this is good public relations. Other concerns came up that ne policy is in place, that the PPA would like to have a seat at the table on how the policy is structured.
    6. Political Endorsements: Robin Rogers reminded everyone that the PPA has endorsed John Suthers for Mayor. Would like everyone to inform and remind members/families/friends to vote and vote for our candidate.
    7. Report from the Chiefs Meeting:  (04/15/2015), The chiefs had a lists of topics they wanted to talk about, They started the meeting and there was not enough time left for the PPA to get through our issues. Two of the chiefs had to leave to go to a different meeting. This shortened our time to speak.  Suggestion, that we (PPA) go first at the next meeting and alternate who leads

Agenda for the Chiefs meeting (05/20/2015)

    1. Body Worn camera:; Pete Tomitsch; would like to see or have input in the policy before cameras are issued to all officers.
    2. Discipline Issues: Pete Tomitsch would to talk about patrol officer’s insight into the discipline process. Have an officer (independent) of the incident, do investigation and offer their input into the process. This would be a point of view from the patrol level. Example; three officers on a call and clear.  A Sgt looks at it finds a policy violation a discipline is started. A patrol level view would be great here.
    3. Sectors being filled based on day of the week: Sector assignment matrix;   Causes a morale issue.   Seems that anymore seniority means nothing. You no longer can pick nor have your own sector.  Second point, officer safety issue, officers reported that they are sometimes assigned different sectors daily. They are being called and at times not answering the radio. Third issue for this point, there is no more community policing. Officers do not get to know the sectors/area or people.
    4. Patrol Officers Having to do Transports: for specialized units. This mainly effects Gold Hill Patrol at the POC. The concerns are that patrol is always busy; it takes from their manpower… why cannot specialized units have a car with a cage and transport their own prisoner?

Financial Report:

Most financials are up; General fund up; Fallen officer Fund Up; Political Funds up; All funds are up, will be writing a check to purchase the building out of the Advisory Solutions account at Edward Jones. This building is an investment; payment will be lower than renting a space.

Directors Report:

    1. Lease on current property expires the last day of May.   We have been extended until the end of July, by this time we should be ready to move into the new property/building. Good news is the purchase price on building was $620,000 yet it was appraised at $640,000. With the build out this will increase value of the building per the appraisal to $875,000 so we already will have about $55K in equity before we even move in!  Bids are still going out to general contractors. The closing is May 12, we have put $25,000 down earnest monies, down payment will be 124,000 (including the earnest money), and construction down payment will be around $40,000.  Back of building will be open 24/7 with a card key entry for members to use.  During normal business hours, the front part or administrative section of the building will be open. After business hours, most of building will be closed except the rear portion which will have bathrooms, cool bottled water, microwave, TV, coffee, USB ports and seating. Should be done by late July; moving in the last 2 weeks. There is room to hire another office employee.  Will work this out when the budget is finished. Tim Ives vision is to have the office open five days a week.  We may start off by hiring a part time employee.
    2. Golf tournament is coming up July 13. Monty Burnell took Chris Mace’s slot as chairman. Tournament will be at Cheyenne Mtn. Resort.
    3. Sky Sox Event Aug 01, 2015: family event that is free to members and their immediate family, including free parking and $5 towards food/drink.
    4. Memorial Ball is approaching 05/16; we have Gustafson, Ives, Carson, Wohlbach and Dillon going to the event.
    5. Scholarships updates, all have been awarded and will be present for presentation at BOD meeting June 4th.

Other business:

Barry went to the CSO academy and picked up eight new members (civilian). Need to get more civilians involved as members of the PPA.   PD and CSO’s are hired as a group, easier to approach them.

Meeting adjourned at 12:36.

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April 2015

April 2, 2015

GENERAL SESSION MINTUES

Board Members Present:

B Freeman, President,

R Williamson, Secretary,

T Ives, Treasurer,

J Carson, Sgt at Arms,

J Keller,

J Havenar,

J Gustafson,

J Wohlbach,

P Tomitsch,

S Pugsley

 

Board Members Absent:

None

 

Staff Members Present:

R Rogers, Executive Director,

R Keller, Office Manager

 

Guests:

14

Meeting called to order at 11:41 am:

 

Welcome:

B Freeman spoke briefly about issues concerning members, spoke about the building purchase at 516 N. Tejon Street, that it was a good time to buy, benefit for members. He also talked about Relay for Life coming up on 06-27-2015, need member support, PPA has a team (cancer research).

 

Donation requests: We have $8,600 available for donations.

Shop with a Cop: Jon Gustafson asked for donations for organization. Money goes towards children with cancer. Each child gets 35 dollars, and they get to shop with a police officer (cop). Event raised $5000.00.  CSPPA gave $3000.00, Kmart and Target gave $2000.00.  Most of funding for this event comes from PPA.  Motion was made to give $3000.00 dollars again. R Williamson brought up issue that we have only $8600.00 left, and we are only in April.  R Williamson asked if more funding could come from corporate sponsors. Counter:  since Jon is member and this is an event for Children motioned continued. J Keller made the motion, P Tomitsch second, all approved.

 

Pipe and Drums Keith Wrede:  Issues: local officers play at funerals, events, and other law enforcement functions, all volunteer.  Main point, this is for members and officers.  P Tomitsch made a motion for $1500.00, J Gustafson second, all approved.

 

Court Care:   No representative present; only letter. T Ives moved that donate $500, J Wohlbach second, 7 approved, 2 disapproved. Motion passed.

 

PPRLE Memorial: letter requesting PPA cover refreshments at event. T Ives moved to donate $200.00, J Havenar second, all approved.

 

Membership Issues:

J Havenar spoke about the PPA web site, and if it was possible to have a Web log in/ for members only. He believes events which are put on the web site for members could be a potential safety issue. Example, everything is posted on the web site for the public to view. If an event is posted in the web site, and numerous cops are at this event, it could become an officer safety issue for them and their families. Believed events like this should be posted on a calendar on for members to log in and view.

 

He stated that we are becoming a larger more professional organization: need a more secure web site.

Need four members to create a committee to get with web designer and decide what to put on web site.  These members are: Jim Carson, John Havenar, Robin (Executive Director) and Roberto Williamson.

 

Political Endorsements:

The following candidates received an endorsement from CSPPA:

John Suthers      Mayor                     $3000

Bagley                 council                    $1000

Bennett              council                     $1000

Carlson               council                     $1000

Tonkins               council                    $1000

Walker                council                    $1000

 

P Tomitsch thinks we should give more,  J Gustafson  explained that most council members only wanted our support. P Tomitsch believes we should reach out to see it they need or want more.  Later it was realized that the time frame for election was too tight to contact candidates for additional funds as the election was only 4 days away.

 

L Lazoff spoke briefly: believes if we get right candidates with it would benefit the police. Mayor Bach gave us a seat on the pay and comp study.  Hope mayor elect continues with 2% pay increase every year.

 

Report from Executive Session: R Rogers talked about building purchase, the golf tournament and that Chris Mace is stepping down and we are looking at Monty Burrell to take his place. Update: Monty accepted and is working on the golf tournament now. He is asking for sponsors to assist.

 

B Freeman asked for help in getting the word out on State House Bills that the PPA wants to fight.

 

Need a new member to replace Mike Ray. J Havenar was voted in to the position of Vice President. Members who are interested in serving on the board are asked to contact the PPA office.

 

Chief’s meeting next week/need issues from members. The group discussed retiree benefits which is much more expensive because of age. B Freeman also trying to get Penrose involved in city health care.

 

S Pugsley brought up acceptable usage policy:   R Rogers will run this by Rich Radabaugh (attorney) to get some guidance.  Will get more information on this to members.

 

Financial report:

Financials are strong  $731,000.00. Membership investments are strong, a little over budget from last month/ bills other payments.

 

Board approvals:

March General & Executive:  R Williamson made a motion to approve, J Wohlbach second, all approved.

February  Financial: J Carson made a motion to approve, J Keller second, all approved.

 

Directors report:

Need to promote ourselves in community

 

Robin needs ten seats for CAPS  Tuesday 04-14-2015 Antlers 11:30

Robin Rogers, Rhonda Keller, Jill Wohlbach, Shelley Carbonara Ramos, new ED, Celina Mc Alpine, Mike Laurich

 

Four seats to Kid Power:  May 2nd,   at the Pinery

Keith Wrede x 2, John Havenar x 2

 

Memorial Ball  May 16th at the Marriott

Jim Carson + 1

Jon Gustafson +1

Tim Ives +1

Jill Wohlbach+ 1

Roberto  Williamson +1 (maybe)

 

The group was asked if the scholarship essays should be published in the Centurion?  Most said yes.

 

ED interview scheduled for April 3 from 1:15-3:30.

 

Opening on board:  Derek Graham and Drew Holiday have expressed interest.

 

New time 1100 for BOD next month will be at 11 with lunch then the General Session will be at 11:30.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:52 pm

 

 

 

 

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March 2015

March 5, 2015

GENERAL SESSION MINTUES

Board Members Present:

B Freeman, President,

M Ray, Vice President,

R Williamson, Secretary,

T Ives, Treasurer,

J Carson, Sgt at Arms,

J Keller,

J Havenar,

J Gustafson,

J Wohlbach,

Board Members Absent:

None

Staff Members Present:

R Rogers, Executive Director,

R Keller, Office Manager,

Guests:

Jim Stinson and wife,

Brian Grady,

Dave Edmondson,

+14 guests

Meeting called to order at 11:32 am:

Donation requests:

Jim Stinson (member) from KidPower requested a donation to fund the event: Chocoholic Frolic. This money goes to teach classes from 4-18 year olds. They learn self protection skills, bullying protection, etc. They have served 43,000 kids and at-risk adults.

 

Brian Grady (retired member) requested funds for the Boys and Girls Club. He has been on their board for 7 years, and they work with at-risk kids. They work to develop skills and leadership; they have an annual Youth of the Year event as a fund raiser. They are asking for $1,000.

 

Pikes Peak Regional Memorial- Dave Edmondson reported on the progress and the fact that their goal has increased. Last year we had a corporate table. All funds raised go to the construction of the memorial. The committee cannot break ground until they reach $1M. If they can reach $400-500,000 other big donors will help. The event weekend will be May 15 and 16th.

 

 

 

Membership Issues:

Report from the recent Chief meeting: B Freeman spoke of the attendees and what was covered. Members in attendance were pleased with the issues brought up by the BOD.

 

L Lazoff reminded everyone that officers are getting a 2% raise in April- due directly to the PPA’s involvement in the Comp Study held several years ago. While speaking with council candidates we need to be sure to mention future raises and our hope to continue to get at least 2% raise per year. Redoing the comp study may not be the wisest, as we got a fair deal with the last one, and it may be best to keep on track with that one. L Lazoff will step up to help should we need to engage in another study.

 

B Freeman explained the fact that the BOD opened an additional seat on the board and the P Tomitsch and S Pugsley were appointed to the BOD,

 

Political report: B Freeman reported that we are interviewing for the mayor seat as well as 3 at-large council seats and one seat in District 4. The questionnaires that each candidate responded to will be printed up and shared at the POC and each of the substations so that everyone has a chance to read each candidate’s thoughts on Public Safety.

 

Discussion over the recent Chiefs meeting and the issues discussed. Also discussed the PPA gym and the attempt to get it certified for use by officers. The members were told about the process being used to select a new Executive Director.

 

A concern was raised about movement to specialized units, but examples were given where specialized units have had few applicants and some have had to repost more than once to fill vacant positions.

Financial report:

The financials are looking healthy especially in the area of investments. The Fallen Officer accounts total $133,363, and there are adequate funds in the Small Donor Committee to cover the endorsements for the April 2015 election.

 

Board approvals:

Offsite meeting minutes: R Williamson moved to approve, J Wohlbach second, all approved

General and executive meeting minutes 2/5/15: R Williamson moved to approve, J Keller                                  second, all approve

January Financials: J Keller moved to approve, J Wohlbach second, all approved

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:52 pm

 

 

 

 

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Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy

The CSPPA Board of Directors asked Rich Radabaugh, PPA Legal Counsel, to review the Acceptable Use Policy and advise on if Officers should sign the form. Given the work that you are required to do on a daily basis, the form seems to be very restrictive in nature. A little bit of history: this policy came from the City IT department and ALL city employees are required to sign it (the Department had nothing to do with the policy or the required signature and

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December 2014

CSPPA Annual Meeting of the Members

December 20, 2014

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Colorado Ballroom

7:00 pm

 

Board Members Present: B Freeman, M Singels, T Ives, J Carson, L Lazoff, J Keller, J Gustafson, J Wohlbach, J Havenar, S Whittaker

 

Board Members Absent: M Ray, R Williamson

 

Staff Present: R Keller, R Rogers, S Richards

 

Membership Present: approximately 300 including guests

 

Special guests: Chief P Carey

Deputy Chief M Smith

Deputy Chief V NIski

EPSO Sheriff Bill Elder

DA Dan May

Deputy DA Kim Kitchen

Richard Radabaugh

Former CO House Representative Mark Barker

Civil Service Commissioner Dick Reisler

Former Vice Mayor Larry Small

 

 

  • Introduction of 2015 Board of Directors:

 

Office                           Name                           Year term ends (December)

Executive Committee:  

President          Barry Freeman              2015

Vice President   Mike Ray                      2016

Secretary          Roberto Williamson    2016

Treasurer          Tim Ives                        2015

Sgt at Arms       Jim Carson                   2015

 

At large Positions:

Sworn               Jon Gustafson               2015

Sworn               Jill Wohlbach                2015

Sworn               John Havenar                2016

Sworn               Sam Whittaker              2016

Civilian             James Keller                 2016

 

  • Outgoing Vice President Mike Singels remarks:
  • Thanks to Lance Lazoff for his work on the comp study

Dave Edmondson:

  • Presentation of the Fallen Officers Plaque for the PPA support of the Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers Memorial.

President Barry Freeman’s remarks:

Thank you to my wife for supporting me through this endeavor

  • Recognition of Mike Singels and Lance Lazoff for their service on the BOD.
  • Challenge coins to recognize the hard work of the CSPD patrol officers
  • Thanks to Rhonda Keller for 15 years of hard work
  • Toast to Fallen Officers

Introduce Chaplin Gene Steinkirchner for offering the blessing prior to our meal.

Dinner, dancing and casino night from 7:30 to midnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow Closure Policy

Snow Closure Policy

The CSPPA follows the published weather related closures and delays of Colorado Springs School District 11.

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November 2014

November 6, 2014

GENERAL SESSION MEETING MINUTES

 

Board Members Present:

B Freeman, President

M Singles, Vice President

R Williamson, Secretary

J Carson, Sgt at Arms

T Ives, Treasurer

J Gustafson

J Wohlbach

J Keller

L Lazoff

M Ray

 

Board Members Absent:

None

 

Staff Members Present:

R Rogers, Executive Director

R Keller, Office Manager

 

Guests:

Sam Whittaker

John Havenar

Ann Sulley

 

8 guests

 

President B. Freeman called the meeting to order at 1140 hours.

 

Guest – Ann Sulley

National Homeland Defense Foundation- support their annual event. Purpose is to connect community with military/ share information with the community. Starting a First Responders Conference, and asking for support for the conference. BOD will vote in executive session. Asking for $500?

 

Membership Issues

Nothing from the members.

PAT: BOD explained and supported the testing and the department in their efforts to make the department more fit for duty. The PPA will continue to try to push for time to work out while on duty. Question about taking the test and getting injured during the test. They will go on light duty. We need to make sure that Doctors when releasing people from light duty understand that they will be required to pass the PAT and so to not release them until they are well enough to take the test without creating further injury.

The BOD is lobbying for a second workman’s comp doctor so that people have a choice when needing workers comp assistance.

April election: BOD is concerned about the Mayoral election coming up and if Mayor Bach is going to run or not. Candidates need to declare their interest and get a packet on Jan 7 and turn in 100 signatures by Feb 11. Election is on April 7.

PPA may be looking for new office space as we continue to grow. The current lease expires May 31, 2015. Interested in office space across the hall from current office. Discussion around the best location for the office to be handy for members but also most conducive for work with the city officials.

 

Financials

Account                        October                              2014                                         2013               

Checking                                                             $77,423.41                               $   101,352.91

General Fund                                                     $ 274,856.46                        $   434,448.55

General Invested Advisory Fund                 $ 200,597.32                        $             0

Fallen Officers Fund                                        $ 109,871.85                        $     76,781.01

Totals                                                                $ 662,749.04                        $   612,582.47      

Hundred Club/ Fallen Officers Fund            $   18,076.79                        $   20,794.70

SDC account- political candidates               $   25,244.00                        $   39,744.00

* $8,815 needs to be transferred into FOF 1/15 (golf)

* $20K still needs to be transferred into SDC account for 2014

 

Kevin Dunbaugh reported that the investments are up 5-6%. Will take about 7 years to double the account. Kevin does not recommend we purchase a building at this time.

 

Board Approvals

September financials: M Singels moved to approve, J Wohlbach second, all approved

October board minutes: R Williamson moved to approve, K Wohlbach second, all approved.

 

Director’s Report

Election results:

The gym is now to be named the Pig Pen. T Ives submitted the suggestion and will receive a $100 gift for winning.

More cops, more pay? Was split pretty even between the two but pay got more votes than cops.

Christmas party December 20

Discussion on how can members may be more informed. Currently developing a new website and opening sales and donations on line using PayPal for credit cards. Can members have access to the office 24/7? Or, can the office be open all the time?

The off-site meeting will be January 14th from 8-6 at the Double Tree World Arena.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 12:33 pm.

 

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