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A LETTER WITH COMMISSIONER

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OR WHATEVER MISSIONER LANE ARE WE AT? CORA? LET'S SEE ONE.

YES, WE ARE AT FORUM.

ALL RIGHT.

AND THEN I SEE COMMISSIONER BERNHARD LOGGING IN AS WELL.

SO WE ARE GOOD TO GO.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, GOOD

[CALL TO ORDER]

AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS REBECCA GONZALEZ.

I AM CALL OFFICIALLY CALLING TO ORDER THE APRIL 5TH, 2021 MEETING OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING.

UH, WE WILL HAVE SOME NEW MEMBERS COMING ON.

I WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THEM.

UNFORTUNATELY, THEY ARE NOT HERE, SO WE WILL SAVE THAT, UH, UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY ARE HERE.

SO YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND, UM, MOVE FORWARD.

I BELIEVE

[Citizen Communications]

OUR FIRST ACTION ITEM IS A CITIZEN COMMUNICATIONS.

I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE MR. CARLOS LEONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, CORRECT.

GREAT.

MR. LEE ONLY HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOT IT.

SO AT CARLOS LEON, FIRST AND FOREMOST, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT THE OLDEST FOR LETTING ME AGAIN, EXPOSE A CRITICAL LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT.

THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION HAS YET TO ADDRESS THE APPARENT NETWORK RING OF PUBLIC SERVANT CAT METRO MALE BUS DRIVERS ABUSING THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY BY ACTING LIKE HOMO PEDAL SEX OFFENDERS AGAINST ME, A TARGETED STRAIGHT MALE WHISTLEBLOWER.

THEY USE SAY TANNIC RITUAL ABUSE BEHAVIORS TO TRY CONFUSING.

IT CONTROLLING ME TO A FEMINATE AND EMASCULATE ME TO GASLIGHTING DOMINATE ME TO MISTREAT ME LIKE AN ABUSED BITCH, BUT THEY'RE THE ONES ACTING LIKE ABUSIVE BITCHES AT BOARDING THEY'LL INTENTIONALLY STOP IN THE WRONG PLACE OR NOT STOP AT ALL FOR EXITING THE OPEN, THE WRONG DOORS OR NOT OPEN ANY DOORS TO UNLAWFULLY RESTRAINED ME.

THEY'LL ALSO NOT LOWER THE BUS OBSTRUCT THE PASSENGER.

I'LL TRY TO MAKE YOU REPEAT YOURSELF.

START INAPPROPRIATE ASS, BACKWARD PERSONAL INTERACTIONS, AND FALSELY SAY STUFF THAT'S UPSIDE DOWN AND INSIDE OUT TO TRY BULLYING ME.

WHEN I RIGHTLY DEFEND MYSELF AGAINST THEIR VERBAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND SPIRITUAL ATTACKS, THEY WRONGLY FLIP CRIED, BULLYING, CAP, METRO, AND APD TO PLAY THE VICTIM TO VILLAINIZE ME THOUGH.

THEY'RE THE PUBLIC SERVANT PERPS WHO ARE PUBLIC SAFETY THREATS, WHO WON'T STOP UNTIL THEY'RE STOPPED.

FOR EXAMPLE, OPERATOR ID THREE ZERO FIVE ZERO FIVE ZERO FOR SKULL, A YALA PER THE CAP.

METRO ID AROUND HIS NECK CONTINUES HOMOSEXUALLY HARASSING ME A STRAIGHT MALE PASSENGER.

DESPITE ALL THE PREVIOUS CAT METRO COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST HIM DOCUMENTING HIS SICKLE ON-CAMERA CRAP, INCLUDING GOING THROUGH A RED LIGHT FROM A DEAD STOP AT A MAJOR INTERSECTION TO NOT WAIT FOR THE GREEN.

IT'S SO BAD.

NEITHER HIS SUPERVISOR WHO PREVIOUSLY REMOVED HIM DECEMBER 12TH, NOR CAP METRO SECURITY RESPONDED LAST WEEK, WHEN HE, AGAIN, WRONGLY CALLED THE POLICE AGAINST ME FOR RIGHTLY REJECTING HIS HOMO PEDAL PASSIVE AGGRESSION.

SO APD AGREED WITH FILING COMPLAINTS AGAINST HIM, UNLESS, AND UNTIL HE AND OTHER GUILTY OPERATORS LIKE (309) 550-3026 HUNDRED, 308 20 AND THREE OH SIX, SEVEN 20 ARE FIRED AND PROSECUTED CAP.

METRO WAS CONDONING THEIR SEX OFFENDER BEHAVIOR AND COMMUNICATING THAT US TARGETED PASSENGERS MUST ACT OUTSIDE THE LAW TO STOP THEM BECAUSE CAP METRO IS UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO LEGALLY DO SO BECAUSE DEESCALATION TACTICS ENCOURAGED THEM TO WRONGLY PUSH FURTHER.

THEY ONLY RIGHTLY RESPOND TO STOPPING POWER GREATER THAN THEM.

THEREFORE, BECAUSE I PREVIOUSLY REPEATEDLY TESTIFIED ABOUT CAT METRO'S CRIMINALITY TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION WITH BACKUP MATERIAL EVIDENCE ON RECORD IT'S PAST TIME TO MAKE CAP METRO PUBLICLY SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT THEIR PROCEDURES FOR REMOVING AND REPLACING DRIVERS, AS WELL AS THEIR HIRING PRACTICES, INCLUDING THEIR PRISON PIPELINE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM WITH MV, FROM WHOM THEY SUBCONTRACT THEIR DRIVERS.

EX-CON DRIVERS MUST NOT BRING THEIR INSIDE BEHAVIOR OUTSIDE WHEN SERVING US ON THE BUS IN JESUS' NAME.

I PRAY.

AMEN.

THANK YOU, LORD.

GOD BLESS TEXAS.

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND TRUTH AND ABOVE ALL GOD'S WORD ALMOST CM, BUDDY.

THANK YOU, MR. LEON.

I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE ANYONE ELSE SIGNED UP.

DO WE MS. JACKSON? I DON'T BELIEVE WE DO.

I THINK WE HAVE MR. NEXT, BUT I BELIEVE HE'S SPEAKING ON BUDGET LINE.

THAT'S CORRECT.

THAT'S CORRECT.

WONDERFUL.

UH,

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 1ST MEETING.

UH, YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED, UH, COPIES

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OF YOUR MINUTES IN YOUR EMAIL, OR IS THERE ANY CONVERSATION, ANY QUESTIONS, ANY, UH, RESPONSE TO THE MINUTES BECAUSE OF NO DISCUSSION ON THE MEETING MINUTES, I'M GOING TO APPROVE THOSE AS WRITTEN.

FANTASTIC.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, NEXT

[2A. Vote on recommendation in support of Council Resolution No. 20190619-092, gaps and opportunities for improvements of mental health services for public safety first responders (sponsors: Commissioner Gonzales and Webber)]

ITEM OF BUSINESS AS WE GO THROUGH THESE QUICKLY, UM, IS THE VOTE ON THE RECOMMENDATION IN SUPPORT OF COUNCIL RESOLUTION NUMBER TWO ZERO ONE NINE ZERO SIX ONE NINE DASH ZERO NINE TWO.

AND THAT IS GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PER OUR PUBLIC SAFETY FIRST RESPONDERS.

UH, YOU RECEIVED THE DRAFT OF THAT RESOLUTION.

I THANK YOU FOR PULLING IT UP ON SCREEN.

YOU RECEIVED THE DRAFT OF THAT RESOLUTION IN YOUR EMAIL.

I WILL OPEN IT UP TO ANY DISCUSSION COMMISSIONER UP.

ARBELO PLEASE GO AHEAD.

UH, I JUST HAD ONE POINT OF CLARIFICATION.

UM, THERE IS AN ITEM FOR INCREASED FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR DR.

TANYA GLENN.

UM, I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WAS ANYONE THAT COULD SPEAK TO THE CURRENT ALLOCATION AND THE GUESTS, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT THAT ALLOCATION IS CURRENTLY INSUFFICIENT, UH, IF THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE ALLOCATION IS WE'RE ALREADY USING UP ALL THE ALLOCATED FUNDS OR IF THERE'S CURRENTLY, UH, JUST NOT ENOUGH DEMAND ON THE PART OF FIRST RESPONDERS TO USE THOSE, THOSE, UH, THOSE RESOURCES ALLOTTED TO DR.

GLENN, UH, THIS, UH, BROWN.

CAN YOU ADDRESS THAT PLEASE? THANK YOU.

HI, THIS IS JASPER BROWN, CHIEF OF STAFF OR ACROSS THE TRAVIS COUNTY EMS. UM, YES, WE WERE LIKE TO EXPAND THE AMOUNT OF SERVICES WE HAVE WITH DR.

GLENN.

UM, SHE IS JUST ONE, UH, INDIVIDUAL THAT WE USE EXTERNALLY.

WE, UM, ALL THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS, UH, EITHER SHARE OR HAVE, UM, PSYCHOLOGISTS ON STAFF, BUT SHE IS AN OUTSIDE AGENCY AND WE'RE LOOKING AT ADDING ADDITIONAL DOLLARS, UH, SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO THE STAFF WHO WANT TO USE THAT SERVICE.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER LANE, GO AHEAD.

I HAVEN'T CHECKED MY MIC.

CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? YES.

UH, CHAIR, I I'VE, UH, BEEN REVIEWING SOME PRETTY CONCERNING REPORTS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING ON THE STREETS SINCE THE ICE STORM.

SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED TO THEM, I BELIEVE THAT, UH, I'D LIKE TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT OTHER ADDITIONAL SUPPORT THERE IS OTHER THAN TALK THERAPY, WHAT OTHER THINGS WE'VE BEEN, UH, POTENTIALLY ADDING OR CONSIDERING ADDING, UM, BECAUSE AS FAR AS I CAN TELL FROM SOME FOLKS, WE HAVE PEOPLE SPENDING OUT OF THEIR OWN MONEY TO GET ADDITIONAL CARE.

UH, SO I AM UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS MAY BE INSUFFICIENT.

SO I WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MAY NEED TO BE ADDITIONALLY ADDED TO THIS, UH, BEFORE WE, WE SENT IT ON.

IS THAT OKAY TO ASK? SO, UM, ACTUALLY WHAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL COMMISSIONER LANE IS IF YOU HAVE VERY SPECIFIC POINTS THAT YOU FEEL SHOULD BE ADDED, IS THERE SOMETHING THAT, UM, WASN'T ASKED FOR IN THE PRESENTATION THAT WE COULD ADD AT THIS POINT? OR ARE YOU JUST, UH, IF I, IF I COULD JUST REAL QUICK READ THE QUICK A BIT OF NEEDS IDENTIFIED THAT I'VE SEEN AND THEN MAKE SURE THAT THAT IS SOMEWHERE IN THERE, OR MAYBE IT CAN GET, UH, IT'LL BE VERY SHORT CHAIR.

GO AHEAD.

SURE.

THE NEEDS THAT I'VE HEARD SO FAR, UM, UH, FROM A DEPARTMENTAL STANDPOINT THAT MIGHT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED OUR BOXES, RETURNING YAK TRACKS, SNOW CHAINS, WARM UNIFORM, CLOTHING, CASH, COMMUNICATION STAFF, SHORTAGE, SUPPORT KITTY LITTER ON ALL TRUCKS, SLEEPING BAGS, GENERATORS, A TANGIBLE PREPLAN FROM EXECUTIVE STAFF, FOUR BY FOUR EXTRACTION VEHICLES FOR PATIENT ACCESS AND EXTRACTION, LARGE RECOVERY VEHICLES FOR VEHICLE EXTRACTION, OPTIONAL PERSONNEL TO BE PICKED UP TO HELP WITH PICKUPS FOR SHIFTS, LODGING FOR PERSONAL WORKING THROUGH THE WEEK.

SORRY, GO AHEAD.

SORRY, GO AHEAD.

OH, I THOUGHT SOMEONE I'M ALMOST DONE, UM, EMERGENCY STAFFING PLANS, UH, MORE COMMUNICATION BEFOREHAND, UH, OF MAJOR EVENTS.

UM, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE MAYBE SOME PERSONAL CARE, LIKE, UH, THINGS THAT I HAVEN'T HEARD US TALK ABOUT, LIKE, UH, UH, BODY CARE.

SO LIKE POST-INJURY, UH, CARE STUFF THAT THEY CAN DO, BUT THEY'RE COMING OUT OF POCKET FOR, SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT'S WHAT'S COVERED OR WHAT KIND OF THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP PEOPLE FEEL MORE PREPARED, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE COMMUNICATION AND AFTERCARE

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COMMISSIONER LANE.

SO I UNDERSTAND THESE ARE VALID CONCERNS AND ADDITIONS THAT WE'D LIKE TO MAKE.

WE NEED TO KEEP THIS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

AND I MIGHT'VE HEARD ONE OR TWO THINGS IN THERE THAT WERE SPECIFICALLY AROUND MENTAL HEALTH.

IF WE NEED TO BLOW IT UP PAST MENTAL HEALTH IS KIND OF GOES AGAINST THE, UM, THE PURPOSE OF THE RECOMMENDATION.

OKAY.

I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS AND HAVE THEM INTRODUCED AS ANOTHER TOPIC THAT WE DISCUSS, BUT I'D LOVE TO KEEP IT SPECIFICALLY TO THE MENTAL HEALTH, UM, GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT SPECIFICALLY IN THAT LIST THAT YOU FEEL BELONGS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SPACE.

YEAH, THOSE LAST COUPLE THAT I MENTIONED, I THINK THE, UH, THE LODGING, UH, THE, SOME OF THE EXTRA EXTRA COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH, UM, GETTING TO AND FROM WORK, I THINK THAT THIS MIGHT BE COVERED IN OTHER STUFF.

SO I JUST WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE CAN GET MORE ACCESS TO THINGS THAT AREN'T TALK THERAPY, BUT THEY HAVE TO USE FOR THEIR OTHER CARE.

SO I THINK THAT THIS IS LIKE A QUALITY OF LIFE QUESTION, WHICH I THINK FALLS UNDER MENTAL HEALTH.

SO CHIEF BROWN, UM, DR.

PAULSON IS ALSO ONLINE.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THEY COULD ADD SOMETHING TO THIS CONVERSATION? I'M TRYING TO NAIL THOSE QUESTIONS, SO SURE.

UM, ALMOST ALL THE ENTIRE LIST THAT, UH, COMMISSIONER ELAINE READ.

UM, WE MET WITH THE ASSOCIATION AND THOSE WERE ALL FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED FROM THE ASSOCIATION IN THE WORKFORCE, ALL THOSE ITEMS, AS FAR AS WINTER BOXES AND A LOT OF THE, UM, EX YOU KNOW, UNIFORMS, YAK, TRACKS, UM, EMORY'S MEALS, LODGING, ALL THOSE THINGS AS WE'RE DOING AN AFTER ACTION ON THE ICE STORM.

I THINK ALL OF THAT CAME FROM THE ICE STORM, UM, ITSELF.

UM, AND THERE'S STILL MORE AFTER ACTION.

WE HAVE WITH THE, UM, UH, OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, UM, FOLKS, BECAUSE THEY'RE THE ONES THAT GET HOTEL ROOMS AND LARGE BLOCKS FOR US AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO THERE'S MORE TO FOLLOW ON THAT, BUT WE'RE ALREADY WORKING THROUGH THAT LIST OF ITEMS AND WE'LL HAVE THAT, UM, THE MAJORITY OR THE NEXT A SEASONAL EVENT OCCURS.

ALL RIGHT.

AWESOME.

YOU ARE NOT CONNECTED TO, TO VOLUME.

I CAN, I CAN SEE YOU ON CAMERA, BUT I DON'T THINK WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

CAN WE TRY IT? I'VE GOT THE UNMUTE, JUST TO JUST A QUICK RESPONSE.

I BELIEVE SOME OF THE ISSUES ABOUT, UM, UH, TALK THERAPY, DIFFERENT TYPES OF THERAPY WHEN, WHEN WE LIST THINGS LIKE SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP, UM, AND FIRST RESPONDERS, I THINK SOME OF THAT TRAINING MIGHT BRING TO LIGHT, UM, WHICH TYPES OF THERAPY WORK BEST.

UM, AND THEN THE ITEM ABOUT, UH, SOCIAL JUSTICE INFORMED MENTAL HEALTH CARE, UM, THAT MIGHT ALSO BRING TO LIGHT YOUR, YOUR POINT ABOUT CERTAIN TYPES OF THERAPY.

SO I'M HOPING YOU CAN FEEL THAT THEY'RE INCLUDED IN THOSE BULLET POINTS.

THAT'S HELPFUL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. WEBER, PLEASE.

WILL YOU, UM, JUST EXPLAIN TO ME WHO WROTE THIS DOCUMENT AND THE BULLET POINTS LIKE ARE CLEARLY TAKEN FROM SOMETHING, WHAT THAT SOMETHING IS CORRECT.

SO THIS WAS THE, UM, THE PRESENTATION THAT WAS GIVEN TO US IN FEBRUARY, AND THAT WAS TAKEN FROM THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAME OUT OF THAT PRESENTATION.

AND SO, UM, I'M JUST NOT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE DR.

PAULSON IS TALKING ABOUT IT AND ALL, SO CHIEF BROWN, LIKE, IS IT SAFE TO ASSUME THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE DEPARTMENTS ARE ASKING US TO SUPPORT THAT THEY, THE, THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE, UH, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE, RAY ARIANA, UM, HAD HIS, UH, EXECUTIVE, UH, YOU KNOW, HIS, UH, PATRICIA BORDAIN, UM, GO THROUGH AND MEET WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

AND THEN WE, THE THREE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS CAME TOGETHER AND MET, AND THESE BULLETS ARE THE RESULTS OF THOSE MEETINGS.

SO THEY ARE A REFLECTION OF A CONVERSATION HELD AMONGST THE THREE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS.

DOES THAT ADDRESS YOUR QUESTION? RIGHT.

IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE PRESENTATION THAT WAS GIVEN THIS, THESE WERE THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE PRESENTED TO US IN THAT, UH, WHEN PATRICIA AND DR.

PAULSON WERE ON THE LINE LAST TIME.

OKAY.

SO THE CITY MANAGER IS GOING, IS RECOMMENDING THAT THE CITY MANAGER IMPLEMENT THESE POLICIES MORE OR LESS.

AND WE, AS THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION ARE SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE CONCUR THAT YOU SHOULD IMPLEMENT THESE POLICIES.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

IT JUST SEEMS A LITTLE UNNECESSARY, I GUESS, BUT I, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT HELPS FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS TO SIGN ON.

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SO PART OF THE RESOLUTION FROM COUNCIL WAS TO GO TO DIFFERENT BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS WITH THE REPORT AND GET THEIR SUPPORT, THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN.

OKAY.

UM, LET ME SEE, IS THERE ANYONE ELSE, SORRY, I CAN'T, IF DO ALL LIVE, UH, COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ, PLEASE.

I JUST HAD, UM, I WAS TRYING TO LISTEN TO, UH, COMMISSIONER LANE SUGGESTION AND HE TALKED ABOUT POST-INJURY CARE.

UM, AND I LIKED THE IDEA OF IF THERE IS ROOM IN THIS LIST TO ADD SOMETHING THAT WOULD MORE CLOSELY TIE A GUARANTEE OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BEING EXTENDED DURING POST-INJURY CARE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW SEPARATE THOSE PROCESSES ARE RIGHT NOW, BUT, UM, MAKING SURE THAT THOSE ARE CONNECTED WOULD HELP GUARANTEE THAT THEY'RE GETTING THEM DURING POST-INJURY CARE, I THINK.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER, UH, UM, DR.

PAULSON, IS THAT, DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT'S SOMETHING, UH, JUST ASKING YOUR OPINION ON THE POST-INJURY CARE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE CALL OUT ON THAT IS IT WAS SOMETHING, IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS MENTIONED.

AND WHEN I LOOKED THROUGH HERE, IT'S NOT AS CLEAR IN THESE BULLETS.

UM, SO IT WAS MENTIONED BY THE, UM, UH, PARTICULARLY BY THE PSYCHOLOGISTS THAT THEY SAW A DISTANCING AMONGST PERSONS WHO WERE INJURED, UM, AS THEY WERE AT HOME RE UH, YOU KNOW, REHABBING.

SO I THINK IF YOU ADDED THAT BULLET ON THERE, IT WOULD CERTAINLY BE WELCOMED BY THE TEAM.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I AM TAKING A NOTE TO ADD THAT TO THE LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, DISCUSSION, BEFORE WE TAKE A VOTE, UH, COMMISSIONER LINCOLN.

UH, I NOTICED THAT WE FADE THE REVISIT DEPARTMENT UNTIL POLICIES TO ACCEPT THE USE OF CBD OIL FOR FIRST RESPONDERS.

UM, I WOULD THINK THAT THERE WOULD NEED TO BE SOME CLARITY THERE BECAUSE OF, UM, MEDICINAL, UM, OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXIST.

UM, AND SO I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, UH, WHY CBD OIL WAS EXPLICITLY NAMED, UH, BUT NO OTHER, UH, POSSIBLY PRESCRIBED OPTION CHIEF BROWN OR DR.

PAULSON.

I THINK ONE OF THE, THAT THE CHIEFS WERE IN THE MEETING WHEN THAT SUGGESTION WAS MADE.

SO I THINK IT MIGHT BE BETTER RESPONDED TO, BY ONE OF THE CHIEFS.

MY RECOLLECTION COMES FROM THE MEETINGS THAT THAT SPECIFICALLY CAME FROM, UM, UH, THE ASSOCIATIONS AND UNIONS, AND IT'S MORE THE, UH, POTENTIAL CHANGES.

AND IT SHOULDN'T WITH THE AMOUNT OF, UH, ANY THC IN SOME NEW, UH, EITHER HEMP OIL OR CBD CBD OIL.

AND, UM, THE ONLY KIRK POLICY I KNOW THE EMS HAS, AND I BELIEVE THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS IS, UH, UM, YOU CAN USE TPU WELL, BUT, UM, THERE, YOU YOU'D JUST BE AWARE.

I MEAN, YOU CAN BUY CBD OIL AT A GAS STATION GUARANTEE, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S, THE SUBSTANCES ARE IN IT.

UH, WE CURRENTLY ONLY TEST FOR THC, UM, UH, IN OUR RANDOM DRUG SCREENING.

AND SO, UM, IT'S, IT'S THC ISN'T APPARENTLY.

AND SO A BIT POPS POSITIVE AS COUNSELOR DATE AND I POSITIVE TEST RESULTS.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, THE LEGISLATION MADE SOME CHANGES, UH, ABOUT KEMP AND IN CERTAIN AMOUNTS OF POINT, I THINK IS 0.03 DON'T PLEASE DON'T QUOTE ALL THIS INFORMATION.

UM, SO THERE WAS SOME CONCERN ABOUT, UH, MAKING SURE PEOPLE COULD USE CBD AND, YOU KNOW, IN A MEDICINAL WAY FOR ACHES AND PAINS AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT IT'S GOOD FOR AND, AND, AND STAY CLEAR OF, UH, UH, ANY, UH, POTENTIAL POSITIVE, UH, OUTCOMES IN A DRUG SCREENING.

THIS IS ROB MYERS WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

UH, I'LL ECHO THE SAME THING THAT CHIEF BROWN MENTIONED THE INABILITY TO DECIPHER AT LEAST TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE USE OF MARIJUANA RECREATIONALLY AND CBD OIL, UH, FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES, WHEN IT COMES TO RANDOM DRUG SCREENING WAS PART OF OUR CONCERNS.

AND WE DID SEND A NOTICE OUT TO OUR DEPARTMENT, JUST MAKING PEOPLE AWARE, BECAUSE THERE'S NO REGULATION OVER CBD OIL.

UM, AND THERE'S NOT THE ABILITY TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE THAT WE WANTED FOLKS TO BE INFORMED ON THAT.

SO I THINK THIS IS, UH, REVISITING THAT AND WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE DONE

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IN THAT ARENA COMMISSIONER LANE? IS THAT OKAY? ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ON THAT? UH, THAT'LL WORK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COMMISSIONER WEBER.

UM, I WAS JUST THINKING ALONG THOSE LINES OF TESTING FIRST RESPONDERS FOR CBD, UH, OR FOR THC, RATHER DO EACH OF THE DEPARTMENTS TEST FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS WHEN THEY DO THE RANDOM SCREENINGS.

THIS IS ROB WE'VE GOT, I THINK THERE'S FIVE SPECIFIC.

I DON'T KNOW MY TOP OF MY HEAD, BUT THE, THE RANDOM DRUG SCREENING TESTS FOR FIVE OR SIX, UH, UH, SUBSTANCES IN THERE.

I DON'T KNOW THE PERFORMANCE ENHANCING IS ONE OF THEM.

WE DO NOT BESIDES THE DLT, UH, UM, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LIST FOR, UH, DRUG TESTING.

WE TEST FOR WHAT WE CARRY INSIDE THE UNITS.

WHAT'S THE ONLY THING OUTSIDE OF THAT, BUT IT'S NOT PERFORMANCE ENHANCING.

SO, UH, TO CLARIFY CHIEF BROWN, YOU TEST FOR NARCOTICS OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES THAT ARE IN, THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE ON LIKE, BECAUSE IT'S PART OF THEIR WORK AND THC.

YES, THC.

UM, THERE'S A, THE SAME FIVE AT THE, PROBABLY TWO BUYERS MENTIONS IN THERE.

LIKE I SAID, ANYTHING SPECIAL, WE CARRY ON THE UNIT THAT'S, UH, CONSIDERED A NARCOTIC OR BENZOATE AS BEING.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT? YES, MA'AM WE DO THE SAME FIVE PANEL, BUT WE ALSO RANDOMLY TEST FOR STEROIDS.

SO IN EVERY RANDOM TEST, YOU TEST FOR THE FIVE MAIN CATEGORIES, PLUS YOU ADD IN PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS YES.

ON ANOTHER RANDOMIZED.

SO IT'S NOT ON THE SAME SCHEDULE OF THE, OF THE NORMAL FIVE PANEL, BUT WE DO RANDOMLY TEST FOR THE, UH, PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS, A STEROID AS WELL.

AND I CAN GET THAT, UH, UH, FOR THE COMMISSION ABOUT WHAT, WHAT, UH, IS PART OF OUR, OUR TESTING PROCEDURES.

I THINK IT'S MAYBE WORTH CHAIR AND AN AGENDA ITEM IN THE FUTURE.

I TH I FIND IT, UH, LIKE, LIKE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE WRONG THING WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ALLOWING FIRST RESPONDERS WHOSE JOBS ARE DIFFICULT AND TRAUMATIC AND PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTING TO USE A, YOU KNOW, A LEGAL SUBSTANCE THAT IS PRESCRIBED BY DOCTORS.

AND SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I WONDER IF WE SHOULD ALSO BE TALKING ABOUT THE ABUSE OF OTHER, YOU KNOW, PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS, I GUESS, COULD EVEN JUST BE TAKING, YOU KNOW, A TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENT.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, IT JUST SEEMS TO ME LIKE WE'RE FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THING HERE BY TALKING ABOUT CBD, LIKE IT, LIKE, I'M PRETTY SURE WE ALL AGREE THAT IT SHOULD BE OKAY.

UM, STOP YOU FOR ONE SECOND.

THIS IS LITERALLY THE, WHAT THE, UM, WHAT THE GROUP HAS ASKED US TO SUPPORT WE CAN ADD IN, OR TAKE OUT WHAT WE DON'T AND WHAT WE THINK IS, YOU KNOW, NORMAL AND SHOULD BE USED IS, IS, IS DOESN'T REALLY MATTER IF IT'S AGAINST DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES.

SO, YEAH.

AND SO, BUT LIKE, OKAY, I TAKE YOUR POINT SHARE, BUT SO IF THE CHIEFS THINK THAT THEY SHOULD REVISIT DEPARTMENTAL POLICY TO MAKE IT OKAY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS TO USE CBD OIL, JUST DO IT.

LIKE, I JUST, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE EVEN HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT, I GUESS, BUT MAYBE THAT'S GOING BACK AGAIN TO THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS.

I MEAN, IF YOU WANT IT, LIKE SHE FRIENDS JUST CHANGE THE POLICY, RIGHT? LIKE, WHAT'S, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE NEED TO KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT, BUT MAYBE I'M MISSING SOMETHING IN THEIR CREDIT PROCESS.

SO I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU CAN SHED LIGHT ON IT.

THERE WE GO.

UM, SO YOU DON'T HAVE A POLICY AGAIN AGAINST CBD OIL.

UM, WHAT WE HAVE IS A POLICY AGAINST ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES, WHICH IS TH ALL THE WE'VE SET OUT TO OUR STAFF, MUCH, LIKE I BELIEVE THE OTHER DEPARTMENT IS BE AWARE OF WHERE YOU GET YOUR CBD WELL FROM, UM, IF IT'S PRESCRIBED BY, YOU CAN GET FROM A DOCTOR'S OFFICE, I AM RELATIVELY SURE IT'S SAFE AND, AND EVERYTHING, BUT THERE'S NO REGULATION ON CBD MANUFACTURER.

AND SO IF YOU SHE'LL POP, WE DON'T HAVE

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A WAY OF DISCERNING OR THAT CAME FROM MARIJUANA OR CBD OIL.

SO, BUT WE DO NOT HAVE A RESTRICTION AGAINST CBD OIL.

SO THERE'S NO CHANGING ON THE POLICY.

IT'S A TESTING.

MATTER OF BEING ABLE TO TEST FOR, UM, AMOUNTS OF THC OR NOT, RIGHT NOW, IT'S EITHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE, AND THAT'S PLASTIC LANGUAGE OF IT.

UM, THIS SPECIFICALLY CAME FROM THE ASSOCIATIONS, UH, AND I KNOW SUPPORTED, UM, BY THE ASSOCIATIONS.

AND IT'S SOMETHING WE WANT TO LOOK AT, SEE HOW WE CAN MAKE THAT AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO USE WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT, UH, TESTING POSITIVE FOR THC.

OKAY.

I THINK THAT'S HELPFUL.

SO IS IT FAIR TO SAY CHIEF BROWN THAT, UH, YOUR DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP'S POSITION IS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE CBD OIL? AND MAYBE I WAS JUST MISUNDERSTANDING THAT WE WERE DEBATING THAT, LIKE, DO WE ALL THE CHIEFS ALL AGREE ON THAT? YEAH, I, I DON'T DOUBT, UH, WHEN, OF COURSE I DON'T HAVE ANY RESEARCH ON IT EITHER OF ITS EFFICACIES OR THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE UTILIZE IT.

AND I THINK PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THINGS THAT ARE NOT, UM, REGULAR MEDICATIONS.

SO WHETHER IT'S HOLISTIC MEDICATIONS OR NOT.

UM, BUT AGAIN, I'VE SEEN SEATS SOLD IN CORNER DRUG STORES AT GUNSHOTS.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM, AND PEOPLE JUST NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR BODY.

AND YOU CAN'T UTILIZE THAT AS AN EXCUSES IF YOU CURRENTLY POP POSITIVE ON A T ON A DRUG SCREENING.

SO WE LOOKING AT IT TO BE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN USE THESE OTHER MEDICATIONS THAT ARE, SEEM TO BE HELPFUL.

AND, UM, I QUITE, I USE THEM ON MY ELDERLY DOG.

I MEAN, IF PEOPLE USE THEM FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS AND WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE SAFE AND, AND, AND PEOPLE ARE, UM, TAKE A BODY, THEY SHOULDN'T.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, CHIEF BROWN, ANY OTHER COMMENTS? CONCERNS? ALL RIGHT.

SO, UM, IF WE ADD A, A POINT ABOUT THE POST-INJURY CARE, UH, INTO SUPPORT OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, SO IT WILL BE AS WRITTEN, AND THEN I WILL WRITE UP ANOTHER BULLET ABOUT POST-INJURY CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH.

UM, I WILL GO AHEAD AND DO A ROLL CALL FOR THE BOOK.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, CHAIR WEBER.

YES.

MA'AM OR WE'RE VOTING.

OH, I DIDN'T REALIZE THERE WAS LIKE AN I'M GONNA VOTE AGAINST THIS.

UM, FOR THE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE REASONS THAT I, I ALREADY SAID, WHICH IS, IT JUST SEEMED LIKE I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY, UM, YOU KNOW, THE CITY MANAGER, DOESN'T JUST DO THESE THINGS.

LIKE WHY, WHY ARE WE GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS? AND THEN ALSO, I DON'T BELIEVE I JUST, I DON'T LIKE THE PROVISION ABOUT REVISITING POLICIES ON CBD IT'S TOO LOOSEY GOOSEY.

AND I'M STILL CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT THE ACTUAL POLICY IS RIGHT NOW AND WHAT THE REVISITING MEANS.

SO I'M GONNA VOTE AGAINST IT.

OKAY.

UH, COMMISSIONER HOUSE AND FLUFF FOR COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ FOR COMMISSIONER LANE FOR COMMISSIONER SARAH, HONORABLE BOLO FOR COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT, AND I WILL VOTE FOR AS WELL.

I BELIEVE THAT IS EVERYONE ON.

SO THE MOTION TO SUPPORT, UH, PASSES, UH, 61.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CHAIR CHAM.

YES.

BEFORE WE GO FORWARD, UH, COULD I GET WHO SECOND THE MOTION PLEASE? OH, I'M SORRY.

I DID NOT TAKE A SECOND.

I APOLOGIZE.

THAT'S OKAY.

COULD WE GET ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS TO A SECOND EMOTION COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ.

THANK YOU.

SORRY.

SO IN A RUSH TO GET, KEEP US ON TIME.

I FORGOT TO GET THAT SECOND.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

[3A. Public Safety Organizations Quarterly Report – Austin Police Department (sponsors: Commissioner Hausenfluck and Gonzales)]

UM, MOVING ON TO NEW BUSINESS, WE HAVE THE APD QUARTERLY REPORT FROM CHIEF GATE.

HELLO COMMISSIONERS, UH, TROY GATES, CHIEF OF STAFF.

AS SOON AS THE PRESENTATION COMES UP, I'LL GET STARTED.

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I'M GOING TO GO OVER THE, OUR RESPONSE TIMES AS WELL AS OUR BUDGET, UH, OUR CURRENT STAFFING AND COVID-19 DATA.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS FOR OUR QUARTER ONE OF 21 THROUGH OCTOBER THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER, AS YOU CAN SEE OUR TARGET FOR OUR URGENT EMERGENCY CALLS ARE EIGHT MINUTES AND 24 SECONDS.

UH, WE'RE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN THAT RIGHT NOW AT NINE 21.

I THINK THAT THAT IS MAINLY DUE TO SOME OF OUR STAFFING CONCERNS, BUT, UH, WE ARE JUST A LITTLE BIT OVER OUR TARGET.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THIS JUST BASICALLY COVERS ALL OF THE DIS THE DIFFERENT COUNCIL DISTRICTS.

WERE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FROM ANYONE REGARDING, UM, ANY OF THE RESPONSE TIMES IN THEIR COUNCIL AREA? OKAY, NEXT SLIDE.

RIGHT.

THIS IS OVERTIME, UH, CURRENTLY OUR OVERTIME BUDGET FOR THE YEAR.

UH, IT WAS, UH, CUT A LITTLE BIT THIS YEAR.

UH, WE HAD A LITTLE OVER THREE AND A HALF MILLION.

UH, WE HAVE CURRENTLY SPENT ON OVERTIME OF 4.9 MILLION AND WE'RE ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH THE BUDGET YEAR.

SO WE ANTICIPATE THAT, UH, WE WILL BE, UH, UH, GOING OVER, UH, EXTENSIVELY IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA.

UH, NEXT BUDGET.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, OUR CURRENT AUTHORIZED RINK IS 1809.

UH, WE CURRENTLY HAVE 107 VACANCIES.

UH, CURRENTLY WE DO NOT HAVE AN ACADEMY CLASS SCHEDULED THIS TIME.

I DO KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE A COUNCIL ITEM FOR A POTENTIAL ACADEMY TO START, UH, SOMETIME, UH, THIS BUDGET YEAR, BUT THAT'S STILL, UH, HA NEEDS TO BE SET TO GO BACK TO COUNCIL IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, OUR COVID-19 DATA.

THIS IS A GOOD NEWS.

AS YOU CAN SEE THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE ONE SWORN IN THREE CIVILIAN THAT ARE CURRENTLY OFF DUE TO, UH, COVID.

UH, OUR NUMBERS HAVE, UH, EXTREMELY WENT DOWN.

UH, I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE HAS ANY, UH, QUESTIONS SPECIFICALLY ON THE COVID DATA.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THAT IS, WE HAD A QUESTION.

OH, GO AHEAD.

YES.

MA'AM UM, CHART ENCOMPASS, ANYTHING TO DO WITH VACCINES? ARE YOU TRACKING THE PERCENTAGE OF YOUR, UH, WORKS MORE WORKFORCE WHO HAVE GOTTEN VACCINATED? UH, WE DO, UH, I DON'T HAVE THE, UH, EXACT, UH, I DO THINK WE'RE APPROXIMATELY BETWEEN 70% OF OUR WORKFORCE THAT HAS BEEN VACCINATED.

UH, BUT I WILL, UH, I WILL FIND OUT THAT INFORMATION AND SEND IT TO THE, UH, THE COMMISSION VIA EMAIL.

OKAY.

YEAH.

I MEAN, I THINK CHAIR, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THAT SHOULD BE ANOTHER METRIC MAYBE THAT WE TRACK AND QUARTERLY REPORTS SWORN AND UNSWORN.

I MEAN, I, I PARTICULARLY, I GUESS CONCERNED ABOUT SWORN BECAUSE I, I HAVE THE SENSE THAT THEY INTERACT WITH THE PUBLIC MORE OFTEN, MAYBE, YOU KNOW, THERE MAY BE, UM, CERTAIN UNSWORN JOBS WITH THE INTERACTIVE PUBLIC ALL THE TIME.

UM, BUT I THINK IT IT'S, IT WOULD BE GOOD TO KNOW THAT YES, MA'AM, I'LL, UH, MAKE SURE THAT WE ADDED AND I'M SURE THE OTHER TWO PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES ARE LISTENING AND THEY'LL ADD IT TO THE NEXT REPORTS, CHIEF JAY, UM, IF SOMEONE HAD A REPORTER HAD MESSAGED ME AND ASKED ME ABOUT A 49% VACCINATION RATE OF APD SWORN, THAT'S NOT CORRECT.

YOU KNOW WHAT I, LIKE I SAID, I WAS, I WAS DOING SOME APPROXIMATIONS, SO I WILL, UH, I'LL GET YOU THAT NUMBER, UH, THAT IS, I KNOW WHEN WE DID A SURVEY, WE HAD A REAL HIGH NUMBER OF THOSE THAT SAID THAT THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE IT.

SO LET ME SEE WHAT THE EXACT NUMBER TO DATE THAT WE HAVE, AND I'LL PROVIDE THAT NUMBER TO YOU.

AND I'M JUST CURIOUS WHETHER ANY OF THE DEPARTMENTS ARE GOING TO HAVE ANY POLICY ABOUT VACCINES.

UH, I CAN TELL YOU, APD DOES NOT HAVE ONE THAT IT'S MANDATED, IT'S A VOLUNTEER BASIS.

I CAN SPEAK FOR THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT.

THE, UH, THE DIRECTION WE GOT FROM THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR WAS THE VACCINES ARE NOT REQUIRED.

SO THEY'RE VOLUNTARY.

WE'RE FOLLOWING THAT DIRECTION.

THANK YOU, CHIEF FIRES.

AND ARE YOU GOING TO TRACK, LIKE HOW MANY

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OF YOUR SWORN ARE VACCINATED OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT, UM, IS PEOPLE'S PERSONAL BUSINESS? RIGHT.

WELL, SO THE, UH, WE ARE KEEPING TRACK AS BEST WE CAN, UH, FOLKS ARE ABLE TO GET THEIR VACCINATIONS THROUGH US AND THEY CAN ALSO DO INDEPENDENTLY ON THEIR OWN.

SO THE NUMBERS WE GET WILL BE BASED ON, ON OUR BEST UNDERSTANDING BASED ON WHAT FOLKS HAVE SHARED RIGHT NOW, I BELIEVE WERE IN ABOUT THE 65% RANGE FOR OUR SWORN MEMBERS.

HAVEN'T BEEN VACCINATED, BUT I CAN'T GUARANTEE THAT TO BE AN ACCURATE NUMBER BECAUSE IF SOMEONE'S CHOOSING TO OWN THEIR OWN AND DOESN'T WANT TO, THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE THAT INFORMATION.

DO YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN WHILE WE'RE? YEAH, WE'RE, UH, UM, WE'RE ABOUT 85% VACCINATED.

UM, SOME OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS GOT VACCINATED, UM, OTHER THAN OUR PUBLIC SAFETY WELLNESS CENTER, BUT HAVE RESPONDED.

THEY ARE VACCINATED.

WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR PROOF OF THOSE RECORDS, UM, JUST THAT THEY TOLD US THEY ARE VACCINATED.

UM, AND, UM, IT'S NOT CURRENTLY MANDATORY.

THANK YOU.

AND, UH, CHIEF BROWN, YOU WILL HAVE THE NEXT SLOT, UH, FOR UPDATES.

SO IF YOU WOULD PLEASE MAKE SURE AND UPDATE THOSE NUMBERS FOR US ON YOUR REPORT NEXT TIME.

THAT'S GREAT.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS THAT YOU'D GET, DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER FLIGHT OR WAS THAT YOUR FINAL ONE? ALL RIGHT.

COMMISSIONER HOUSE AND FLOOD, PLEASE.

I HAVE A QUESTION BACK ON THE OVERTIME, SINCE WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT BUDGETING HERE IN A SECOND.

UM, DO YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF IDEA OF WHAT LEVEL THE BREAKDOWN THAT OVERTIME WAS COMING FROM? UM, I GUESS ANY KIND OF IDEA OF LEVEL AS WELL AS WHAT TYPE OF SERVICES IS CAUSING, UM, YOU KNOW, THE ADDITIONAL OVERTIME, OR IS IT JUST ALL ACROSS THE BOARD? UH, IT'S BASICALLY ALL ACROSS THE BOARD.

WE USUALLY, UH, ARE AVERAGING ABOUT 12 MILLION A YEAR.

UM, UH, WE HAVE ONLY BEEN BUDGETED IN THE PAST A LITTLE LESS THAN 9 MILLION.

UH, SO WE'VE HAD TO USE COST SAVINGS OR OTHER, UH, MEASURES TO COVER THAT OVERTIME COSTS, UH, DUE TO SOME, UH, BUDGET CUTS, UH, FROM LAST YEAR, UH, WE WERE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY, UH, IN OUR OVERTIME.

SO, UH, BUT THE DEMANDS ARE, ARE STILL THE SAME.

SO THIS IS LATE CALLS.

THIS IS OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS, UH, CALL OUTS, UH, UH, ARE BACKFILLING ON VACANCIES, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, THE ENCOMPASS, THIS OVERTIME.

I I'M SURE THAT I CAN GIVE YOU ALL A BREAKDOWN OF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN.

WELL, I WAS ALSO JUST, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT IT FROM A MONETARY STANDPOINT, AS WELL AS WANTING TO HEAR ABOUT MAYBE THE STRESS IT'S PUTTING ON THE CURRENT OFFICERS, UM, THAT ARE WORKING THE OVERTIME.

AND IF YOU CAN SPEAK ON THAT, UH, STAFFING IS OF GREAT CONCERN FOR OUR DEPARTMENT.

I DO KNOW THAT OUR OFFICERS ARE, OF COURSE WE DON'T MANDATE.

THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT, UH, WE VOLUNTARILY ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN UP.

UH, BUT I DO KNOW THAT WE AT TIMES ARE STRUGGLING TO GET PEOPLE TO SIGN UP FOR THE OVERTIME SLOTS, UH, BECAUSE IT, UH, IT IS TAKING A, A, A TOLL ON OUR OFFICERS OF, UH, HAVING TO WORK THE ADDITIONAL HOURS.

I HOPE I ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION.

YEAH.

SO THERE'S BEEN SOME INTERESTING REPORTING ABOUT THE COST IN POLICE OVERTIME OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTERS PROTESTS OVER THE SUMMER.

AND SO I'M WONDERING, DO YOU, UM, DID THAT, THOSE CALL-OUTS AFFECT THE NUMBERS THAT YOU JUST SHOWED US OR WAS MOST OF THAT ON THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S BUDGET? IT WAS ON THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S BUDGET.

THIS IS FROM OCTOBER ONE UNTIL, UH, UH, PRESENT IF I COULD SHARE ONE OTHER THING.

I JUST, I THINK THAT IT, UM, THIS SLIDE ABOUT THE ACADEMY WAS A BIT MISLEADING.

SO I'VE LOOKED UP THE CITY MANAGERS, UM, LIKE PRESS RELEASE THAT WENT OUT MARCH 25TH.

IT SAYS THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE MANAGER'S BLUEPRINT FOR A RE-IMAGINED AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT CADET CLASS.

SO I THOUGHT IT WAS A LITTLE BIT MISLEADING TO SAY THAT THERE IS NO ACADEMY ON THE HORIZON.

SO THE CITY MANAGER SAYS RESUMING THE ACADEMY ON JUNE 7TH.

SO THERE IS A, THERE IS ACTUALLY LIKE A TARGETED START DATE WAS ZOOMING THE ACADEMY ON JUNE 7TH, 2021 IS CONTINGENT UPON COMPLETION OF ALL THE STEPS IN THE CITY MANAGERS BLUEPRINT.

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SO THERE ARE STEPS TO BE TAKEN, BUT IT IS IN THE WORKS.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER WEBER.

AND THAT IS TRUE.

AND THE BUDGET HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED YET.

SO WE DO HAVE TO GO BACK TO COUNCIL AND GET THAT BUDGET APPROVED PRIOR TO US OFFICIALLY SAYING THAT WE ARE GOING TO START AN ACADEMY, BUT, BUT YES, UH, THAT IS THE BLUEPRINT AND WE HOPED THAT JUNE THE SEVENTH IS THE START DATE.

ALL RIGHT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR CHIEF GAYE? OH, NO WORRIES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM, I NOTICED THAT, UH, INCOMING COMMISSIONER, AMANDA LEWIS HAS MADE IT IN THERE.

AMANDA, YOU ALL MIGHT REMEMBER AMANDA FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF WOMEN PRIOR.

AND, UM, DO YOU JUST WANT TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF REALLY QUICKLY WHILE WE HAVE A SECOND? SURE.

YES.

AMANDA LEWIS, I AM, I'M SERVING DOUBLE ON THE COMMISSION FOR WOMEN AND ON THIS COMMISSION, I JUST GOT MY PAPERWORK SIGNED AND WAS ABLE TO JOIN IN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO JUST, UM, LEARNING AND, UM, UH, GETTING TO KNOW Y'ALL AND I'M EXCITED TO SERVE ON THIS COMMISSION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

UM,

[3B. Public Safety Departments Budget Presentations for 2021-2022 (sponsors: Commissioner Webber and Gonzales)]

NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS OUR BUDGET PRESENTATIONS FROM EACH OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT'S GOING TO TAKE THE BULK OF THE REST OF THIS MEETING.

WE ARE GOING TO START WITH, IT LOOKS LIKE CHIEF BUYERS.

YOU'RE FIRST ON THE LIST.

SO WE'LL START WITH YOU.

AND, UM, PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL BE MONITORING TO SEE IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AND WANT TO ASK WHILE WE'RE IN THE PROCESS AND A REMINDER THAT ALL BUDGETS ARE DUE ON MAY 7TH.

SO IF WE HAVE A, I REALLY WOULD LOVE US TO START THINKING ABOUT THE, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE WILL PUT FORWARD AROUND THESE BUDGETS, PLEASE.

THANK YOU, AMY.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

WHAT I MIGHT ASK, UH, THERE IS A POWERPOINT ALREADY SET UP THAT HAS ALL THREE AGENCIES IN IT, AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST, UH, ON THAT POWERPOINT, IF, IF IT IS OKAY WITH YOU, UH, I'LL YIELD THE FLOOR TO, I THINK IT'S THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FIRST.

THAT'S TOTALLY FINE.

WHEN YOU ARE IN THE PUB IN THE, UH, IN THE POWERPOINT IS FINE BY ME.

THERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, UH, FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, I'LL YIELD THE FLOOR TO THEM AND DR.

PAULSON TO DO THE PRESENTATION FOR FIRE RIGHT AFTER GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M MICHELLE SCHMIDT.

I'M THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER FOR THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND TODAY WE'RE GOING TO PRESENT OUR FY 2122 BUDGET FORECAST.

UM, JUST A REMINDER.

THIS IS JUST A PRELIMINARY FORECAST IS STILL, IS UNDER REVIEW BY CITY MANAGER.

UM, AND LIKE GONZALEZ JUST SAID, THE PROPOSED BUDGET BY THE DEPARTMENTS IS NOT DUE UNTIL MAY 7TH.

SO THIS IS VERY PRELIMINARY AT THIS POINT.

EXCELLENT.

THIS IS A DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW OF THE TOTALS.

UM, THE APD GENERAL FUND BUDGET WAS APPROVED AT $292.9 MILLION.

UM, THAT INCLUDED A TOTAL OF 1,809 SWORN FTES 647 CIVILIAN FTES THE BUDGET BREAKDOWN BY PROGRAM.

UM, BUT BASICALLY OUT OF THAT 292.9 MILLION, 57% OF THAT, UM, IS BUDGETED FOR NEIGHBORHOOD BASED POLICING 19% FOR INVESTIGATIONS, 20% FOR TRANSFERS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS, AND THEN 4% FOR OPERATIONS SUPPORT.

IN ADDITION TO THE APD GENERAL FUND BUDGET, UM, UNDER THE RE-IMAGINED PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDS FOR , THERE WAS ALSO THE DECOUPLE FUND, WHICH, UM, AFTER THE AMENDMENT TO REMOVE FORENSIC SCIENCE FUND OR TO CREATE THE FORENSIC SCIENCE FUND STANDS AT $64.6 MILLION AND THE RE-IMAGINED SAFETY FUND AT $45.1 MILLION.

AND THEN THE NEW FORENSIC SCIENCE FUNDED 11.9 MILLION, NEXT SLIDE, THE FYI 22 FORECAST.

UM, AND AGAIN, THIS IS STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT, VERY PRELIMINARY NUMBERS, UM, IS THE FORECAST BUDGET WOULD BE 302.7 MILLION FOR THE APD GENERAL FUND PORTION ON THIS IS NO INCREASE IN SWORN OR CIVILIAN FTES WITH THAT NUMBER.

THE HIGHLIGHTS, UM, IN THAT FORECAST DEVELOPMENT ARE THE PERSONNEL COST DRIVERS AND INCREASE OF 2.9 MILLION.

UM, THIS IS WARREN WAGE AND STEP PAY INCREASES.

UM, CIVILIAN AND SWORN PENSION

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INCREASES OFFSET BY AN INSURANCE REDUCTION, UM, FOR A TOTAL OF 2.9 MILLION OR INNER FUND TRANSFERS OF APPROXIMATELY 4.5 MILLION.

THAT INCLUDES 2.7 MILLION TO CTECH AND CTM 1.1 MILLION AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, UM, 440,000 FOR FUEL AND MAINTENANCE, AND THEN RADIO WIRELESS ACCRUED PAYROLL WORKER'S COMP MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE UNDER CAPITAL AND NON-CAPITAL REPLACEMENT ITEMS. THERE'S AN INCREASE OF $1.7 MILLION.

UM, ONE POINT, UH, A LITTLE OVER A MILLION OF THAT IS THE REMAINING PORTION OF THE NEW RECORDS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT APD IS WORKING, UM, IN TANDEM WITH CTM, FOR IMPLEMENTATION ON, UM, THERE'S A $575,000 FOR, UM, A MANDATORY 5,000 HOUR MAINTENANCE TO ONE OF OUR HELICOPTERS.

THIS IS THE B3 HELICOPTER THAT WAS PURCHASED IN 2013 AND IT'S APPROACHING IT'S 5,000 HOUR MAINTENANCE, WHICH IS THE ENGINE OVERHAUL.

UM, AND THEN THERE'S A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR BALLISTIC BEST REPLACEMENTS.

THE NEXT ITEM FOR CONTRACT AND OPERATING INCREASES OF $697,000.

THE BULK OF THAT IS $544,000 FOR THE BODY-WORN CAMERA TASER, UM, BUNDLE CONTRACTS, AND THEN $133,000.

AND OTHER CONTRACT INCREASES.

THIS INCLUDES A REQUEST FOR $70,000 FOR THE UT MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR SHARED PUBLIC SAFETY CONSULTING SERVICES FOR PSYCH PSYCHIATRIC CARE.

UM, AS WELL AS, UM, SOME TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS, UM, TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTS, AND THEN SOME RENT AND UTILITY, UM, CONTRACT INCREASES AS WELL.

THAT TOTAL INCREASED RIGHT NOW FOR THE APD GENERAL FUND.

UM, WITH ALL OF THOSE ITEMS IS 9.8 MILLION OR 3.3%.

NEXT SLIDE COUNCIL INITIATIVES AND BUDGET ITEMS THAT ARE STILL UNDER REVIEW, UM, IS AN INCREASE TO OUR SWORN OVER TIME OF 2.8 MILLION.

THIS IS TO FUND OVER TIME THAT'S NECESSARY DUE TO PATROL VACANCIES, UM, IN RESPONSE TO CALLS FOR SERVICE AND INCREASE TO OUR TERMINAL PAY BUDGET LINE ITEM.

THIS ITEM, UM, IS AT POINT, THE REQUEST IS AT 3.4 MILLION.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT, UM, APD FINANCE STAFF MYSELF IS WORKING WITH THE BUDGET OFFICE ON TO KIND OF BASICALLY BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN VACANCY SAVINGS AND THE INCREASED COSTS OF TERMINAL PAY, UM, RELATED TO THE INCREASED NUMBER OF OFFICERS, UM, THAT ARE RETIRING.

UM, THERE IS A REQUEST FOR 2.5 CIVILIAN FTES.

UM, TWO OF THESE ARE FOR OUR APDS DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION UNIT, UM, AND THEN A PART-TIME FTE FOR THE TRAINING ACADEMY TO, UM, AND THIS WAS A RECOMMENDATION BY COLE AND ASSOCIATES.

AND THEN THERE IS A REQUEST FOR THE HELICOPTER REPLACEMENT AT $1.6 MILLION.

THIS IS TO REPLACE THE, UM, HELICOPTER THAT IS NOW 20 YEARS OLD, THE H ONE 20, UM, THIS WOULD BE A PURCHASE AND THEN A REPLACEMENT CREDITS.

AND SO THE BALANCE THAT THE COST OF THAT WOULD BE 1.6 MILLION.

SO THE TOTAL ITEMS UNDER REVIEW, UM, COME IN AT $8.1 MILLION, AND THAT CONCLUDES APDS PORTION OF THIS.

SO I'LL PAUSE FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR SEE IF WE WANT TO DO THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION, UM, AND THEN QUESTIONS AT THE END.

I THINK I'D LIKE TO DO QUESTIONS RIGHT AFTER THE PRESENTATION.

SO WE MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE HAS THEIR TIME.

SO I WILL OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS, VERY PD, MR. RAMIREZ, THERE WAS JUST THE, THERE WAS ADDITIONAL BREAKDOWN THAT YOU WENT OVER VERBALLY AND THE FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS, I WOULD LIKE TO GET THAT BREAKDOWN CAUSE WE JUST GOT THE VERY TOP LEVEL SORT OF CATEGORIES.

SO IF WE COULD PLEASE BE FORWARDED THOSE, THAT BREAKDOWN THAT SHE WENT THROUGH VERBALLY, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

UM, AND THEN MY OTHER QUESTION IS JUST, CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN TERMINAL PE SINCE I'M SORT OF NEW TO THIS? YES, THAT'S MANDATORY.

SORRY.

THAT'S A MANDATORY PAYOUT OF, UM, CERTAIN ACCRUED LEAVE BALANCES WHEN A CIVILIAN OR SWORN EMPLOYEE RETIRES FROM THE CITY IT'S ON THIS ONE SIDE AND THE CIVILIAN SIDE.

UM, AND THAT'S THE SWORN PART OF IT IS SET UP THROUGH THE MEETING CONFER CONTRACT, BUT IT'S A PAYOUT OF CERTAIN ACCRUED LEAVE BALANCES.

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SO THOSE AREN'T ALREADY STASHED SOMEWHERE IN THE PROCESS OF ACCRUING THAT MONEY.

LIKE IT, IT COMES UP OF, THERE'S NO LIKE ACCOUNT SOMEWHERE.

THAT'S ALREADY HOLDING THAT FOR TERMINAL PAY IF IT'S ALREADY ACCRUED.

UM, THAT'S CORRECT.

WE'RE CURRENTLY WE HAVE A BUDGET OF 4.5 MILLION, WHICH, UM, WAS FORMALLY KIND OF THE AVERAGE ESTIMATE OF WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WOULD PAY OUT EVERY YEAR FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS.

OUR THREE-YEAR AVERAGE IS HOVERING AROUND 8 MILLION THIS YEAR.

OUR EXPECTED ACTUAL IS 10.3 MILLION.

UM, SO WORKING WITH THE BUDGET OFFICE TO KIND OF INCREASE THAT BASE BUDGET NUMBER OF 4.5 MILLION TO GET IT, TO GET IT BACK IN LINE TO WHAT WE'RE REALLY PAYING OUT, COMMISSIONER HALSTON FLOCK, JUST TO FOLLOW UP TO THAT, THIS IS A GOOD POINT, UM, COMMISSIONER BERMUDEZ, BUT, UM, HOW DID WE ESTIMATE THAT SO INCORRECTLY, I'M NOT SURE THAT WE WOULD, THAT THAT HAS NECESSARILY BEEN ESTIMATED INCORRECTLY.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO BALANCE IT, UM, WITH THE VACANCY SAVINGS, UM, THIS PARTICULAR YEAR YOU'RE WITH OUR REDUCED BUDGET.

UM, AND LOOKING AT WHAT THAT THREE-YEAR AVERAGE HAS NOW INCREASED TO, UM, W WE'RE JUST GETTING TO A POINT WHERE WE'RE WORKING ON MAKING SURE THAT WE DON'T HAVE A BUDGET ISSUE I'M IN YOUR BUDGET ISSUE.

AND SO TRYING TO STAY ON TOP OF MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE BUDGETED CORRECTLY FOR FOR THAT NUMBER, ANY EMOTIONAL WEBER, PLEASE.

SO IS THIS, UM, HELICOPTER THAT'S ON THE WISHLIST, THE SAME HELICOPTER THAT COUNCIL CHOSE NOT TO REPLACE LAST YEAR, WHICH WE'RE JUST ASKING, WE'RE JUST ASKING YOU TO GUESS.

THAT'S CORRECT.

THIS IS THE ONE THAT LAST YEAR WE DID, UM, ASK FOR REPLACEMENT FOR, UM, AT THAT POINT IT WAS 19 YEARS OLD.

WE'RE NOW, UM, AT THE 20 YEAR MARK ON IT, AND THIS IS THE SAME REQUEST.

YES.

COMMISSIONER, WHERE WERE YOU? DID YOU HAVE A UP, ARE YOU DONE? OH, I'M DONE.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER BURNER, PLEASE.

HOW MANY HELICOPTERS DOES THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE? WE CURRENTLY HAVE THREE HELICOPTERS.

WE HAVE ONE THAT, UM, WE RECEIVED, UM, IT'S WE RECEIVED IT FROM THE LISA PROGRAM.

IT'S A 1994 BELL, TWO OH SIX.

WE HAVE THIS PARTICULAR ONE THAT WE PURCHASED IN 2001, WHICH IS NOW 20 YEARS OLD.

AND THEN WE HAVE ONE THAT WE PURCHASED IN 2013.

THAT'S THE ONE THAT WE ARE ASKING FOR THE MAINTENANCE MONEY THIS YEAR TO DO THE ENGINE OVERHAUL ON AND NEITHER QUESTION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

AND WE'LL FORWARD.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS THAT WE HAVE? ALL RIGHT.

NEXT FIRE, CHIEF BUTTERS, AND THEN DUMPING PAULSON.

ACTUALLY, I'M GOING TO DO THE PRESENTATION AS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

I WEAR MANY HATS AND NOW I'M GOING TO PUT MY BUDGET HAT, TAKE MY HR HAT OFF, PUT MY BUDGET HAT ON.

UM, SO IF YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UH, THE CURRENT YEAR 2021, UH, WE HAVE $215.2 MILLION IN OUR APPROVED BUDGET.

UM, AND THAT COVERS THE POSITIONS, THE ROUGHLY 1200 SWORN AND 137 CIVILIANS.

THE CADET NUMBER VARIES DEPENDING ON HOW MANY CLASSES WE HAVE IN SESSION, AS YOU CAN SEE, APPROXIMATELY 66% GOES TO OPERATIONS OR EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

THOSE ARE THE FIRE STATIONS ALL OVER THE CITY AND THE PERSONNEL THAT ARE IN THOSE STATIONS.

THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS YEAR'S BUDGET INCLUDE A MILLION FOR ANNUALIZED STAFFING FOR THE FIRE STATION IN DEL VALLEY.

ANNUALIZED STAFFING IS WHEN WE RECEIVED PARTIAL FUNDING THE YEAR BEFORE, AND THIS YEAR WE'RE GETTING THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR'S FUNDING.

SO THAT THE YEAR AFTER THIS, THERE'S A WHOLE YEAR AMOUNT IN THE, IN THE ACTUAL BUDGET, IN THE, IN THE OPERATING BUDGET, UM, THE, UH, BUDGET, THE 858 IS A PARTIAL YEAR STAFFING AND EQUIPMENT FOR A NEW STATION IN TRAVIS COUNTRY THAT WILL OPEN ROUGHLY IN JULY.

THAT FUNDING IS FOR ABOUT NINE PAY PERIODS, ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS, UM, TO GET THEM STARTED THIS YEAR.

EACH TIME WE OPEN A STATION, WE DO SO WITH 16 POSITIONS, UH, IT'LL DEPEND ON WHETHER IT'S AN ENGINE OR A LADDER,

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UH, APPARATUS IN TERMS OF THE EXACT RANK OF THOSE POSITIONS.

THE THIRD BULLET COVERS THE, UH, FUNDING WE GOT FOR THE WILD LAND, URBAN INTERFACE POSITIONS.

UM, WHILE IT SOUNDS LIKE THESE ARE IN THE WILDFIRE DIVISION, IT TURNS OUT THESE ARE ACTUALLY CODE ENFORCEMENT TYPES OF POSITIONS, IT'S ENGINEERS TO REVIEW PLANS, UM, FOR, UH, THE NEW CODE THAT'S IN PLACE FOR THE WILD LAND URBAN INTERFACE.

UH, SO IT'S, IT'S FIVE SWORN THAN TO GO AROUND AND INSPECT AFTER THE PLANS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED AND SIX CIVILIANS, THAT'S A COMBINATION OF ADMINS AND, AND PRIMARILY, UH, PLANS, REVIEWERS, WHICH ARE LIKE ENGINEERS AND THEN THE ONE-TIME EXPENSES TO SUPPORT THEM.

THE OTHER THING IN THIS YEAR'S BUDGET, SINCE WE HAD HAD SO MUCH DIFFICULTY WITH OVERTIME, UM, BECAUSE OF OUR MANDATORY STAFFING, WE RECEIVED 3.1 MILLION AT TO ADD TO OUR CURRENT BUDGET FOR OVERTIME STAFFING.

UM, MANDATORY STAFFING MEANS THAT SOMEBODY IS DOESN'T, ISN'T ABLE TO COME IN FOR WORK.

WE HAVE TO GO PULL SOMEBODY ELSE, EVEN IF IT'S ON A MANDATORY BASIS TO PUT THEM IN THAT POSITION.

NO, NO KIND OF NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YOU CAN COME HERE.

HEAR THAT INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR, TOO.

WHAT WE'VE ASKED FOR IN THE FORECAST FOR NEXT YEAR, THE BUDGET IS UP TO 223 MILLION NEXT YEAR.

AGAIN, THAT'S STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT.

THERE'S A LOT OF, OF NEGOTIATION TO GO INTO THIS.

IT'S ADDING POSITIONS FOR A NEW FIRE STATION.

AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE STAYING AT THE SAME NUMBER OF CIVILIANS 137 CIVILIANS PERSONNEL COST DRIVERS.

THE THREE BIG CATEGORIES THAT WE HAVE FOR THAT ARE WAGE ADJUSTMENTS, WHICH INCLUDES A 2.5% INCREASE FOR SWORN ACCORDING TO OUR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, A 2% INCREASE FOR CIVILIANS, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN DEPENDING ON THE BUDGET.

UM, WE HAVE SO FEW CIVILIANS RELATIVE TO SWAN.

IT'S REALLY THE 2.5% THAT MAKES THE BULK OF THAT WAGE ADJUSTMENT CATEGORY.

THE NEXT ITEM IN PERSONNEL COSTS DRIVERS IS A STEP INCREASE.

AND THIS IS, UM, SOMETIMES TO EXPLAIN, BUT AS, AS THESE CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES, THE SWORN UNIFORMED AND POOR EMPLOYEES, UM, GAIN YEARS THAT GO THROUGH A VARIETY OF STEPS AND THEY GET PAY RAISES BASED ON WHAT STEP THEY ARE UNTIL THEY REACHED ABOUT THE 21ST YEAR, I THINK IT IS.

AND THEN THAT KIND OF PLATEAUS.

SO WHEN WE ESTIMATE HOW MUCH MONEY NEEDS TO PAY FOR THOSE STEP INCREASES, UM, IT TURNS OUT THIS YEAR, WE WERE OFF BY ABOUT 625,000.

SO THAT HAS BEEN ADDED TO OUR EXISTING BUDGET TO COVER THOSE STEP INCREASES.

UM, JUST AS MS. SCHMIDT DESCRIBED, TERMINAL PAY HAS BEEN REAL DIFFICULT TO PREDICT IN RECENT YEARS.

UM, WHEN PEOPLE RETIRE, THEY TAKE OUT CERTAIN LUMP SUMS OF ACCRUED LEAVE TO PAY THEM FOR CRUDE LEAVE.

UM, WE HAD A LOT OF HIRING ROUGHLY 30 YEARS AGO.

AND SO WE'VE HAD OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, KIND OF A BLIP OF RETIREMENT SO THAT THESE LARGE COHORTS OF CADET CLASSES.

SO WE ANTICIPATE THIS YOU'RE NEEDING 223,000 ADDITIONAL FUND FUNDS ON TOP OF WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT INTER FUND TRANSFERS INCREASE FOR, FOR EVERYBODY.

AND THEY ARE, THEY ARE THOSE MONIES THAT WE TRANSFER OVER TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS.

I'M GOING TO LIST THE TOP FOUR THERE'S, THERE'S PROBABLY NINE OR 10, BUT THE TOP FOUR IN OUR LIST, UM, THE TECHNOLOGY, UH, GROUP, UH, WE'VE GOT 566,000 ADDITIONAL DOLLARS ADDED TO OUR BUDGET TO COVER OUR TECHNOLOGY COSTS 665,000 ADDED FOR WHAT YOU MIGHT CONSIDER OVERHEAD IN OTHER, IN OTHER WORLDS.

UM, IT'S IT'S TO COVER CENTRALIZED, YOU KNOW, CORPORATE HR, LEGAL CITY, LEGAL, UM, CORPORATE, UM, FINANCE, ALL OF THAT COMBINATION OF THINGS.

OUR PORTION OF THEIR FUNDING IS SIX.

IS IT NEEDED AN ADDITIONAL 665,000 C TECH, WHICH IS THE COMBINED COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY GROUP WHERE WE DO ALL OUR DISPATCHING.

THEY'VE INCREASED OUR BUDGET FOR C TECH, UH, TRANSFER TRANSFERS BY 291,000.

AND FINALLY FLEET THEY'VE INCREASED THAT BUDGET BY 276,000.

WHEN YOU GO TO THE THIRD BUDGET OR THIRD BULLET ON THIS FORECAST, THE ANNUALIZATION OF THOSE WILL BE POSITIONS AND TRAVIS COUNTRY STAFFING.

SO REMEMBER THIS YEAR, WE HAD PARTIAL YEARS FOR THE WOOEY PERSONNEL WHO STARTED IN JANUARY AND THE TRAVIS COUNTRY PERSONNEL WHO ARE GOING TO START THIS SUMMER.

THIS IS THE MONEY THAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT A FULL YEAR.

SO THAT, SO THAT WHEN WE GET INTO 2023, WE'VE GOT THE FULL YEAR'S CAPACITY THERE.

UM, WITH REGARD TO OUI, IT'S 168,000 TO MAKE THEM WHOLE.

AND WITH REGARD TO TRAVIS COUNTRY, IT'S, IT'S ABOUT 17 PAY PERIODS.

SO IT'S 864,000.

THOSE TWO NUMBERS ADD UP TO THE NINE 51.

WE ARE ON TRACK TO ADD FIVE FIRE STATIONS OVER THE COURSE OF THE COMING YEARS WE'VE ALREADY

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ADDED TO, OR WITH, WITH TRAVIS COUNTRY, WE WILL HAVE ADDED TO A LOOP THREE 60 IS THE NEXT IN THIS PROGRESSION OF ADDING FIRE STATIONS.

UH, THE PARTIAL YEAR FOR LOOP THREE 60 PERSONNEL IS AN ADDITIONAL SIX PAY PERIODS AT 518,000 FOR THOSE STAFF.

AND THEN EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE IS, UM, IS ABOUT 181,000, UM, TO GET THEM OFF THE GROUND THIS SUMMER AND GET THEM GET THEM STARTED, OR I'M SORRY, NEXT SUMMER IN 22, UH, FINALLY CONTRACT INCREASES.

WE HAVE LINE ITEMS FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONTRACTS WE HAVE, BUT AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE WITH COVID AND EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON, WE NEEDED INCREASES BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING CHANGES TO PROTOCOL.

SO WITH REGARD TO CLEANING SUPPLIES, OUR BUDGET WAS INSUFFICIENT.

WE FOUND THIS YEAR AND WE NEED TO INCREASE THAT BY ABOUT 200,000 TO COVER UP, COVER THE CLEANING SUPPLIES AT ALL THE 50 FIRE STATIONS ACROSS THE CITY.

AND THEN, UM, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS PPE.

UH, WE NEED ABOUT ANOTHER HUNDRED THOUSAND TO COVER, UH, ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT WE USE, UH, IN THAT AREA.

SO THOSE ARE OUR CONTRACT INCREASES, UM, THAT TOTALS UP TO 8.5 MILLION COMPARED TO LAST YEAR, WHICH IS ABOUT 3.9% INCREASE.

IF YOU COULD GO THE NEXT SLIDE, THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS WE'RE STILL WORKING ON WITH THE BUDGET OFFICE AND, UM, AND THINGS THAT ARE UNDER REVIEW.

UH, THE FIRST ONE IS, UH, ACTUALLY A LADDER TRUCK AND THE PERSONNEL TO GO ON THAT LADDER TRUCK, UM, WHICH WE'RE SLATED TO GO TO THE DEL VALLEY STATION LAST YEAR, UM, BECAUSE BUDGETS WERE TIGHT.

THEY WERE REMOVED FROM THE BUDGET LAST YEAR AND THEY ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN THE BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR, UH, MEANING THIS, THIS COMING YEAR 2022.

SO WE ARE ASKING THAT THAT LADDER COMPANY BE ADDED, UM, IT'S 1.6 MILLION.

IT'S WHAT I DESCRIBED AS GOT CAPTAINS.

UM, ALONG WITH IT'S, IT'S GOT THREE CAPTAINS, THREE FIRE SPECIALISTS AND 10 FIREFIGHTERS FOR THOSE 16 POSITIONS THAT WE WOULD NEED.

AND THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF EQUIPMENT MONEY IN THAT ASK.

ALSO, UM, EVERY YEAR, UH, WE ASKED TO CONVERT, WE HAVE SOME TEMPORARY CIVILIANS THAT WE'VE HAD TO HIRE IN ORDER TO PERFORM THE SUPPORT FUNCTIONS, TO KEEP THE FIREFIGHTERS AND THAT, AND THEY'RE IN BUSINESS GOING, UM, THIS YEAR WE'D LIKE TO ASK TO CONVERT, UH, FOUR DIFFERENT POSITIONS TO PERMANENT POSITIONS.

THESE ARE ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED IN THEIR JOBS AT LEAST TWO YEARS, AND THEIR JOB FUNCTIONS HAVE OFTENTIMES BEEN IN PLACE FOR FIVE YEARS AND WE'D LIKE TO MAKE THEM PERMANENT.

UM, WE HAVE A COUPLE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN SAFETY SUPPORT, WHICH IS THE CLEANING OF THAT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, ESPECIALLY THE TURNOUT COATS, THE TURNOUT PANTS.

UM, THEY ARE A PART OF OUR, OUR CANCER PREVENTION PROGRAM IN THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF CARCINOGENS IN FIRE SMOKE, AND IF THEY CAN REMOVE THOSE FROM THE SCENE IMMEDIATELY, AND THE OLD DAYS, THE FIREFIGHTERS JUST TOOK THEM BACK TO THE STATION WITH THEM, THEY WORE THEM BACK TO THE STATION.

NOW THEY TAKE THEM OFF AT THE SCENE OF THE FIRE THEY'RE GIVEN ALTERNATIVE PPE, UM, AND THAT DIRTY EQUIPMENT IS TAKEN IMMEDIATELY TO BE WASHED.

IT REDUCES THE OPS, THE, IT REDUCES THE RISK SOMEWHAT OF, OF GETTING CANCER.

UH, WE NEED A RECORDS ANALYST TO DO OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS.

WE HAVE A TEMP WORKING IN THAT AREA.

WE REALLY FEEL IT SHOULD BE A FULL-TIME POSITION.

AND WITH THE ADDITION OF THESE NEW FIRE STATIONS UP FOR TIME, WE HAVEN'T ADDED MUCH TO OUR MAINTENANCE STAFF TO MAINTAIN THOSE 50 DIFFERENT STATIONS.

SO WE'VE GOT A MAINTENANCE WORKER IN THERE.

THE FINAL TWO PIECES ARE RELATED TO THE MENTAL HEALTH RESOLUTION THAT YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT.

UM, WE'VE GOT THOSE TWO FTES.

UM, ONE OF THEM'S AN ADMIN SPECIALIST, THE OTHER'S A WELLNESS PROGRAM COORDINATOR TO HELP COORDINATE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. AND THEN WE'VE GOT, IT'S SORT OF A RANDOM NUMBER OF $50,000 TO GET STARTED ON, ON, UM, ADVANCING THE AMOUNT OF TRAINING THAT WE DO FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

THAT TOTALS UP TO 2.1 IN OUR CURRENT LIST.

UM, THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT WE CLEARLY NEED, BUT THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, UNDER DISCUSSION AT THE FORECAST STAGE.

AND I'M AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

AND ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER LANE PLEASE? OH, HELLO.

I WAS JUST, UM, I WAS WONDERING WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PPE, IF THAT PRICING INCLUDES A COST FOR PPE, THAT MAYBE WE DON'T ALWAYS TALK ABOUT LIKE, UM, BULLETPROOF VESTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT WAS THAT INCLUDED IN THAT COST AT PRESENT.

WE DON'T HAVE, UM, BULLETPROOF VEST FOR ALL FIREFIGHTERS.

IF YOU LOOK AT TURNOUT COATS, THEY'RE PRETTY HEAVY AND WE HAVE PROTOCOL WITH REGARD TO ACTIVE SHOOTERS.

UM, AND THERE'S A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE NEED FOR, UM, FOR THOSE AND PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION, THE NEED TO BE WEARING BULLETPROOF VESTS.

SO, NO, AT THIS TIME WE AREN'T, WE AREN'T BUDGETING FOR BULLETPROOF US.

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OH, IS THAT ME? YEAH.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YES.

UM, JUST THE SAME THING, IF WE CAN GET FORWARDED THE BREAKDOWN, UM, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

YOU MEAN FROM THE FIRST SLIDE HIGHLIGHTS SLIDE, CORRECT? YES.

SO THAT WE CAN SEE THE BREAKDOWN OF ALL THOSE.

YEP.

ALL RIGHT.

AND ANYONE ELSE? ANY QUESTIONS CHAIR? I BELIEVE THAT, UM, CHIEF NEXT WANTED TO SPEAK, I'LL TELL THEM EXACTLY WHAT WHAT'S ABOUT TO SAY.

WE WILL TURN IT OVER TO CHIEF NICKS WHO, UH, HAS THREE MINUTES TO MAKE A COMMENT ON THE BUDGET.

SHE'D NICKS YOU THE FLORENCE.

OKAY.

CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME OKAY? YES.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TONIGHT AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO