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WE

[CALL TO ORDER]

HAVE QUORUM AND WE HAVE A PRETTY PACKED AGENDA.

SO I'M GONNA GET US STARTED QUICKLY.

UM, IF WE COULD GET COMMISSIONER KOFF TO GET HIS CAMERA ON, UM, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

AND IS THERE ANYONE ELSE ONLINE? OH.

HMM.

MR. KI, COMMISSIONER KOFF, CAN YOU HEAR US? YES, I CAN.

AND I'M TRYING TO GET THE CAMERA TO TURN ON.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY, EVERYBODY, WELCOME TO THE JUNE 5TH, REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

UM, I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND CALL ROE, UM, COMMISSIONER ORR.

COMMISSIONER HALL MARTIN HERE.

COMMISSIONER PENA.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER RUAN IS NOT PRESENT.

UM, COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ IS HERE.

UM, COMMISSIONER KOFF.

YAY.

I SEE YOU HERE.

UM, COMMISSIONER NGUYEN HERE.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER SMITH HERE.

WELCOME.

AND COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT WILL NOT BE JOINING US TODAY.

SHE'S NOT WELL.

OKAY.

SO WITH THAT, UM, I JUST WANNA TAKE A SECOND TO WELCOME OUR NEWEST COMMISSIONER.

YASMIN SMITH IS ONLINE WITH US.

UM, HI EVERYONE.

WELCOME.

UM, CRASH COURSE.

I HEAR YOU JUST GOT , UM, APPOINTED.

SO WELCOME.

UM, WITH THAT, UM, DO WE HAVE, WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, BUT THEY'LL BE JOINING US FOR AGENDA ITEMS LATER.

UM, DO WE HAVE ANYONE ELSE? I'LL CHECK THE POLICE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UM, WITH THAT WE'LL JUST GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO THE

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

UM, WE ARE REVIEWING MINUTES FOR THE MAY 1ST MEETING, ONLY NOT MAY 15TH.

WE'LL HAVE THOSE READY FOR THE JULY MEETING.

DID EVERYBODY HAVE A CHANCE REVIEW? OKAY.

WITH THAT, I THINK WE'LL JUST DO A ROLL CALL TO APPROVE.

DO WE HAVE ANY CHANGES TO THE MINUTES? NOPE.

OKAY.

QUICK ROLL CALL TO GET THOSE APPROVED.

COMMISSIONER ORR? YES.

UM, COMMISSIONER HALL MARTIN? YES.

COMMISSIONER PENA? YES.

UH, COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ? YES.

COMMISSIONER KOFF? YES.

COMMISSIONER NGUYEN? YES.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES? YES.

AND COMMISSIONER SMITH.

I'LL RECUSE SINCE I WASN'T HERE LAST TIME.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, UM, AND WITH THAT, I JUST

[2. STAFF BRIEFINGS]

WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO NOTE, UM, A NEW ITEM ON OUR AGENDA.

IT'S STAFF BRIEFINGS.

UM, ALL OF THE RESPONSES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO DATE ARE IN OUR BACKUP, UM, FOR EVERYBODY TO REVIEW.

THIS IS GONNA BE A NEW SORT OF STANDING ITEM FOR US GOING ON TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET ANSWERS TO QUESTION AND FOLLOW AND RESPONSES TO FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS THAT GO UNANSWERED IN PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

UM, WE ARE GONNA LEAVE IT IN BRIEFINGS.

WE DO HAVE JUST A BRIEF TIME RIGHT HERE IN CASE ANYBODY WANTS TO SAY SOMETHING TO THE AGENDA ITEM, BUT IN GENERAL, I THINK WE'LL JUST MOVE FORWARD WITH WRITTEN RESPONSES FOR THE SAKE OF TIME, , SO THAT WE DON'T SPEND, YOU KNOW, ANOTHER 30 MINUTES REHASHING OLD MEETINGS.

UM, SO THE, THOSE MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE BACKUP FOR ANYBODY THAT'S, UM, LOOKING ONLINE.

I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S, UM, HELP WITH GETTING ALL OF THOSE.

WE HAD THREE MEETINGS WORTH OF BACKUP AND FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS, SO I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S HELP WITH THAT.

AND, UM, FOR ANYTHING THAT STAYS UNANSWERED OR THAT WE STILL DON'T HAVE A RESPONSE FOR, WE'LL JUST FOLLOW UP IN THE NEXT QUARTERLY REPORTS TO CHECK IN ON STATUS FOR THOSE QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

AND WITH THAT, WE ARE JUST TRUCKING

[3. Public Safety Quarterly Report – Austin Travis County EMS (Ramirez, Bernhardt) 4:20pm-4:40pm -Wes Hopkins, Assistant Chief, Austin Travis County EMS ]

ALONG.

UM, WE'RE GONNA MOVE INTO THE TRAVIS COUNTY EMS PUBLIC QUARTERLY REPORT.

HI THERE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS WES HOPKINS AND I WILL BE GIVING THE QUARTERLY REPORT FOR THE SECOND QUARTER.

I'LL BE FILLING IN FOR CHIEF GARDNER.

I'M AN ASSISTANT CHIEF FOR AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY EMS. UH, THE FIRST SLIDE SHOWS OUR, UH, INCIDENT PATIENT CONTACTS AND

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TRANSPORT.

SO THE TOP LINE, THE BLUE LINE BEING INCIDENTS, THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT WE ACTUALLY GET A, A REQUEST FOR SERVICE PATIENT CONTACT BEING THE TIME, WHETHER THERE BE AN AMBULANCE OR A SINGLE UNIT RESPONDER THAT MAKES CONTACT WITH A PATIENT.

AND THEN THE GRAY LINE AT THE BOTTOM IS THE NUMBER OF OF TRANSPORTS THAT WE DID FROM THOSE INCIDENTS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE FOCUSES ON THE PARTY ONE, COMPLIANCE BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

SO PARTY ONE BEING THE MOST SEVERE PARTY, FIVE BEING THE LEAST SEVERE ON PRIORITY ONE CARS CALLS.

OUR GOAL IS 9 59, AND THIS IS THE PERCENT OF TIME BY COUNCIL DISTRICT THAT WE MAKE THAT TIME.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS IS OUR, UH, PRIORITY ONE RESPONSE INTERVAL, AGAIN BY COUNCIL DISTRICT FOR THE SECOND QUARTER.

SO IT'S WHAT TIMEFRAME WE'RE MAKING 90TH PERCENTILE BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

UH, IF YOU'LL NOTICE THE ORANGE SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAPH, UH, THAT'S THE PERCENTAGE OF PRIORITY ONE CALLS BROKEN OUT BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

WHAT THIS SLIDE NOTATES AGAIN WITH THAT PRIORITY ONE THROUGH PRIORITY FIVE, STARTING AT THE BOTTOM, PRIORITY ONE BEING THE MOST SEVERE PRIORITY, FIVE BEING THE LEAST, IT BREAKS DOWN WHAT PERCENTAGE OF CALL PRIORITIES WE ARE SEEING WITHIN THOSE COUNCIL DISTRICTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, NEXT WE'LL MOVE INTO, UH, CURRENT EMS DEPARTMENT STAFFING WITH OUR AUTHORIZED STRENGTH OF 665, UH, FIELD SWORN BEING A 520 WITH 145, UH, SWORN VACANCIES.

CURRENTLY, UH, THIS IS OUR STAFFING THROUGH THE END OF MARCH.

UH, WE CURRENTLY HAVE AN ACADEMY, UH, IN PROGRESS, AND OUR CURRENT VACANCY RATE IS 21%.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE NOTATES OUR SWORN SEPARATIONS.

SO IN THIS QUARTER WE'VE HAD THREE RESIGNATIONS AND ONE RETIREMENT.

AND IF YOU MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE, YOU'LL SEE THAT THE MAJORITY OF RESIGNATIONS THAT WE ARE SEEING ARE WITHIN THAT FIVE TO 10 YEAR RANGE.

NEXT SLIDE.

LOOKING AT THIS SLIDE TALKS ABOUT OUR VACANCY RATE SWORN IN CIVILIAN.

OUR CIVILIANS, UH, VACANCY RATE IS ABOUT 20%, AND OUR SWORN VACANCY RATE IS HOVERING ABOUT THAT 21% THAT WE ANTICIPATE THAT THAT WILL DROP SLIGHTLY WHEN THIS CURRENT ACADEMY CLASS GRADUATES AT THE END OF JUNE.

NEXT SLIDE.

NOW TALKING ABOUT E M S TURNOVER, OUR SWORN TURNOVER RATE HAS DROPPED TO LESS THAN 1%, UH, PER MONTH WITH NONE IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN WE GET INTO, AS REQUESTED BY THIS COMMISSION, THE OPIOID OVERDOSE DATA.

AND SO, UH, THE BLUE LINE NOTATES, THE OVERDOSE CALLS TO 9 1 1.

UH, WE DID THE GRAY LINE, WHICH TALKS ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PILLS THAT WE'RE SEEING, AND WE TALKED LAST QUARTER THAT WE TYPICALLY SEE THAT, UH, SPIKE IN THE SPRING.

AND SO THAT, UH, SPRING AND SUMMER SPIKE HAS BEGUN, AS YOU CAN NOTATE FROM THE, FROM THE GRAPH.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND LASTLY, YOU CAN SEE THE OPIOID RESCUE KITS AND NARCAN KITS THAT WE'RE ABLE TO DISTRIBUTE IN THE FIELD.

UH, THE GRAY LINE BEING THE NUMBER OF KITS DISTRIBUTED AND THE BLUE LINE NOTATING THE NUMBER OF KITS USED.

THESE ARE NARCAN RESCUE KITS, UH, USED ON PATIENTS PRIOR TO ANY FIRST RESPONDER ARRIVING ON SCENE.

AND I THINK THAT, UH, GETS US TO THE CONCLUSION OF EM S'S QUARTERLY REPORT.

I'M, I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

QUESTIONS? ANYONE? COMMISSIONER HOLMES? YES.

I'VE GOT A QUESTION ON WHEN WE SEE A LITTLE BIT OF VARIANCE BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT DISTRICTS IN RESPONSE TIME AND HOW FREQUENTLY THE RESPONSE TIME IS MET.

UM, HOW MUCH EFFORT GOES INTO FIGURING OUT WHY IN THAT PARTICULAR DISTRICT IS IT A LITTLE SLOWER, UM, THAN SOME OF THE OTHERS? AND I WOULD IMAGINE EACH DISTRICT'S GOT ITS OWN CHALLENGES AND, AND CONCENTRATION OF, OF PERSONNEL.

SO, UM, I WAS JUST CURIOUS HOW THAT IS LOOKED INTO.

WE, WE DO LOOK AT THAT BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

WE LOOK AT THE TIME THAT WE'RE NOT IN COMPLIANCE ON THAT.

YOU'RE, YOU'VE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD THAT THERE ARE CHALLENGES IN THOSE DIFFERENT, UH, COUNCIL DISTRICTS.

UM, A LOT OF THAT WE SEE ARE TIED TO, TO STAFFING.

AND SO WE CERTAINLY EVALUATE THAT AT A FAIRLY REGULAR BASIS.

COMMISSIONER NGU, SOMEWHAT OF A FOLLOW UP TO THAT, UM, STAFFING, UH, CHALLENGE, I UNDERSTAND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO TACKLE HERE FOR A LITTLE BIT NOW.

UM, I'M NOTICING THAT THE VACANCIES FOR CLINICAL SPECIALISTS VERSUS MEDIC, WHICH, UH, IF WE'RE GONNA INTERPRET THAT RIGHT, IS THE EMS MEDIC IS EMT BASICS, WHEREAS TO BECOME A CLINICAL SPECIALIST YOU HAVE TO BE AT LEAST A PARAMEDIC, CORRECT? YES, SIR.

UM, AND FROM THOSE, FROM, FROM THOSE NUMBERS, WE'RE SEEING, I, I'M SEEING A HIGHER RATE ALMOST DOUBLE, UM, UH, FOR THE NEED FOR CLINICAL SPECIALISTS VERSUS

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FOR, FOR EMT BASICS.

UM, HAS THERE BEEN ANY EXPLORATION OF MAYBE TRYING TO UTILIZE MORE BASICS RATHER THAN HAVING, CUZ MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT WE HAVE A PARAMEDIC AND A BASIC ON TRUCKS, RIGHT? WE DON'T HAVE JUST STRAIGHT, UH, BASIC LIFE SUPPORT TRUCKS OR STRAIGHT ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT TRUCKS.

IS THERE ANY EXPLORATION OF MAYBE EXPANDING THAT SO THAT WE CAN ALLEVIATE SOME OF THAT, UM, UH, THOSE CHALLENGES, UM, AND, AND KIND OF MAKE THOSE SLOTS A LITTLE SMALLER? OR, OR THE NUMBERS SMALLER? YES, SIR.

WE, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY EXPLORING HAVING BASIC LIFE SUPPORT AMBULANCES.

WE DID A PILOT PROGRAM ON THAT, BUT ALSO WE ARE, UH, WE DID ONE ACADEMY THAT DID DIRECT HIRE TO CLINICAL SPECIALIST.

AND IN JULY WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER ACADEMY CLASS THAT DOES, AGAIN, THAT DIRECT HIRE TO CLINICAL SPECIALIST TO TRY TO FILL SOME OF THOSE VACANCIES.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ONLINE? OKAY.

I HAD ONE QUESTION ACTUALLY.

UM, I NOTICED THAT THE, THE, THE SEPARATIONS, UM, IS, I'M, I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER THE PREVIOUS QUARTERLY REPORT ARE THE, ARE, IS THAT DOWN THE, THE SEPARATIONS AND IT, AND DO YOU GUYS, CAN YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT TO SOMETHING? DID SOMETHING CHANGE THOSE SEPARATIONS ARE DOWN IN THIS QUARTER? I, I DON'T HAVE A GREAT EXPLANATION, BUT WE CAN FOLLOW UP AND AND GET BACK WITH YOU AS TO WHY.

BUT WE DID SEE A DECREASE IN THIS QUARTER.

YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

I WASN'T IMAGINING IT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I'M JUST GONNA GIVE ONE MYSELF ONE MORE QUICK CHECK.

UM, AS FAR AS THE OP OPIOID OVERDOSES, UM, I KNOW THAT YOU GUYS ARE, HAVE SEVERAL PROGRAMS THAT YOU'RE SORT OF WORKING ACTIVELY WITHIN, LIKE, LIKE A, HOW MUCH WOULD THOSE PROGRAM, LIKE I'M THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY NEED TO, HOW MUCH THOSE PROGRAMS WOULD NEED TO SCALE TO, TO IMPACT LIKE THESE OPPO OVERDOSES? LIKE IS IT SOME, IS IT AN ISSUE OF SCALE? IS IT AN ISSUE OF PERSONNEL? LIKE WHAT, WHAT, WHAT WOULD WE NEED TO DO IN THE, IN THE PROGRAMS THAT EMS HAS CURRENTLY TO SORT OF IMPACT THIS HUGE RISE THAT'S HAPPENING? CERTAINLY.

SO IT RELATES TO THE OVERDOSES.

UH, THE, THE, THE FIRST, UH, THE FIRST INDICATION THAT WE HAVE THAT SOMEONE'S IN TROUBLE IS THAT 9 1 1 CALL.

AND SO WE REALLY FOCUSED OUR EFFORTS ON OBTAINING THE PROPER INFORMATION SO WE CAN DO THOSE FOLLOW-UPS.

AND WE'VE HAD SOME GREAT IMPROVEMENT WITH A CAPTURING ALL OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SO THAT OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH PARAMEDIC TEAM CAN FOLLOW UP WITH THEM, NOT ONLY TO GIVE THEM A NARCAN RESCUE KIT, AN OPIOID RESCUE KIT, BUT ALSO TO GET 'EM IN A, A TREATMENT PROGRAM.

AND THAT'S WHERE WE TALKED A COUPLE MONTHS AGO ABOUT THE BUPRENORPHINE BRIDGE PROGRAM, RIGHT.

WHERE WE'RE BRIDGING THEM INTO THOSE, UH, MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT PROGRAMS MM-HMM.

.

SO, SO THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING TO KIND OF HELP CLOSE THAT GAP BETWEEN THE OVERDOSE CALLS AND THEN MAKING CONTACT WITH THEM SO THAT WE MAKE, MAKE SURE THAT, THAT WE CAN GET 'EM THE HELP THAT THEY, THAT THEY NEED SO THEY SO CHOOSE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SURE.

COMMISSIONER NUEN, UM, TO FOLLOW UP ON THOSE OVERDOSES, ARE WE TRACKING THOSE NUMBERS OF, UH, OVER OUR OPIOID USERS OR THOSE THAT OVERDOSE AND HOW MANY ARE FOLLOWING UP WITH THOSE REFERRALS? RIGHT.

SO WHEN WE'RE ABLE TO CAPTURE THE INFORMATION, WE'RE ABLE TO FOLLOW UP WITH THEM.

ONE OF THE GAPS WE IDENTIFIED IS THAT NOT OFTENTIMES WE'RE ABLE TO GET ALL THAT INFORMATION ON THE FRONT END.

AND SO KIND OF CLEANING UP THAT PROCESS, A LOT OF TIMES, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT FOUND IN THEIR HOME OR THEY'RE FOUND ON THE STREET, AND SO WE CAN GET A GOOD NAME AND A DATE OF BIRTH AND WHERE THEY HANG OUT, THEN OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH PARAMEDIC, UH, INDIVIDUALS CAN ACTUALLY GO AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THEM, WHETHER IT BE IN, IN AN ENCAMPMENT OR, OR SOMEWHERE LIKE THAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

OKAY.

WELL WITH THAT, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, WE'LL MOVE ON.

AND, UM, I ACTUALLY HAVE A SUGGESTION JUST BECAUSE WE'RE RUNNING A LITTLE, I MEAN A LOT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ACTUALLY.

UM, AND SO THAT WE CAN CLOSE WITH THESE TWO ITEMS AND MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE JOINING US TO SPEAK CAN MAKE IT.

IS IT OKAY IF WE TAKE ITEM SIX? UM, IT'LL BE A, A QUICK ITEM FOR US TO GO AHEAD AND DISCUSS ITEM SIX, THE WOMEN'S COMMISSION APPOINTMENT OUT OF ORDER.

UM, SO I GUESS A MOTION TO,

[6. Women’s Commission Working Group Appointment 5:45-5:50pm]

TO MOVE ITEM SIX UP IN THE SCHEDULE.

CAN I GET A SECOND FROM SOMEONE? I'LL SECOND THAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND DO WE NEED TO TAKE A VOTE ON THAT AS WELL, MS. JACKSON, OR CAN WE JUST MOVE IT OKAY.

IF WE CAN JUST DO A SHOW OF HANDS IN SUPPORT OF MOVING THAT ITEM UP.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSION.

OKAY.

[00:15:01]

I SAW THEM.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

AND SO WITH THAT, THIS IS JUST ANOTHER QUICK ITEM.

UM, THE WOMEN'S COMMISSION, THERE WAS A RECOMMENDATION DISTRIBUTED TO ALL THE COMMISSIONERS.

UM, THEY ARE FORMING A WORKING GROUP AND HAVE REQUESTED A MEMBER FROM THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION TO JOIN THEIR WORKING GROUP, UM, TO PUT TOGETHER SOME RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, AROUND, UM, THE, THE PERF REPORTS THAT WERE ISSUED IN NOVEMBER OF 2022.

AND SO I JUST WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE WAS INTERESTED, IF ANYBODY HAS TIME.

OKAY.

BAR BARRING IN NO ONE ELSE, I WILL PROBABLY TAKE THE WORKING GROUP APPOINTMENT MYSELF, SO I'M NOMINATING MYSELF.

I KNOW THAT THERE WAS SOME INTEREST.

UM, I, I WAS JUST GONNA ASK WHAT THE COMMITMENT WAS FOR THAT.

UM, AS OF NOW, THE COMMITMENT IS, IS UNKNOWN.

UM, I'M ASSUMING THEY'RE GONNA HAVE, YOU KNOW, SOME, SOME MEETINGS COMING UP, A HANDFUL OF MEETINGS.

AND FROM THERE, THE WORKING GROUP WILL SORT OF SET IN MOTION WHAT, HOW MUCH THEY WANNA MEET AND HOW OFTEN.

SO IT'S A LITTLE UNKNOWN RIGHT NOW.

UM, I DO KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO IS I CAN GO AHEAD AND SIT WITH THE WORKING GROUP, AND SO I'LL NOMINATE MYSELF SO THAT WE CAN APPOINT ME AND, UM, ONCE I GET A SENSE OF A BETTER SCHEDULE AND WHAT WE'LL BE WORKING ON, I CAN BRING IT BACK TO SEE IF ANYBODY'S INTERESTED IN JOINING.

UM, DOES THAT SOUND GOOD? I, I, I'D BE HAPPY TO JOIN IF OKAY.

YEAH.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO WITH THAT, WE'LL JUST TAKE A VOTE ON, WE CAN BOTH DO IT THAT WAY WE CAN SUPPLEMENT EACH OTHER AS NEEDED WITH SCHEDULING.

UM, SO WITH THAT, A VOTE MOTION? YEP.

A MOTION TO APPOINT BOTH COMMISSIONER ORR AND MYSELF, UM, TO THE WORKING GROUP.

I SECOND.

OKAY.

AND I'LL DO A VOTE.

AND CAN WE JUST DO A SHOW OF HANDS FOR THE SAKE OF, CAN WE DO A SHOW OF HANDS ONLINE AS WELL? OKAY.

THAT LOOKS TO BE UNANIMOUS.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER ORR.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE SIGNED UP, .

WE'LL FIND OUT.

WE'LL FIND OUT.

WE'LL FIND OUT SOON ENOUGH.

UM, OKAY.

AND WITH THAT, WE WILL GO AHEAD

[4. Public Safety Department Budgets (Ramirez, Bernhardt) 4:40pm-5:20pm -Carlos Ledesma, Assistant Director, Austin Travis County EMS -Dr. Ronelle Paulson, Austin Fire Department -Michelle Schmidt, Austin Police Department ]

AND MOVE INTO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT BUDGETS, THE BU BUDGET PRESENTATIONS.

HI THERE.

AND SEE WHAT ORDER AND WHAT ORDER WE WANNA, I'M TRYING TO PULL UP THE, TO SEE IF WE GO AND THE ORDER PRESENTED TO FIRE FIRST.

YOU GUYS GO AHEAD AND IF YOU COULD JUST INTRODUCE YOURSELF SO THAT WE COULD AUDIBLY HAVE EVERYONE.

I'M ANELLE PAULSON AND I'M THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND I'LL BE DOING THE PRESENTATION ON THE, THE BUDGET, UH, FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

THE, UM, LET ME GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERVIEW SINCE I'M GOING FIRST IN TERMS OF WHERE WE'RE AT IN THE BUDGET DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE PROCESS HAS SEVERAL STEPS TO IT.

I KNOW SOME OF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS, SOME OF THIS WILL BE REPEAT FOR YOU, SO I APOLOGIZE IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS BEFORE.

UH, WE SUBMITTED FORECAST INFORMATION, WHICH IS BASICALLY, UH, WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP DOING THE SAME LEVEL OF SERVICE INTO NEXT YEAR.

WE SUBMITTED THAT, UH, ABOUT A MONTH AGO, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND MOST OF OUR PRESENTATIONS WILL BE BASED ON FORECAST INFORMATION.

IN EARLY MAY, WE SUBMITTED THE INFORMATION FOR THE PROPOSED BUDGET, UM, THAT INCLUDES SOME UNMET NEEDS, SOME ADDITIONAL, UM, NEEDS THAT ARE, OR FUNDING NEEDS THAT, UH, WEREN'T INCLUDED IN THE FORECAST.

SO IT'LL BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

WE'RE GONNA FOCUS PRIMARILY ON THE, THE NUMBERS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN PRESENTED TO COUNCIL, AND GIVE YOU A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S GOING ON WITH BUDGET DEVELOPMENT AND THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

SO LET ME START OFF BY DESCRIBING OUR CURRENT BUDGET IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

AT PRESENT, WE HAVE A BUDGET OF A, OF ALMOST A HUN, UH, 230 MILLION, AND WE HAVE 1,266 SWORN POSITIONS.

NOT ALL OF THEM ARE FILLED, BUT WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE VERY FEW VACANCIES AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME.

UM, WE HAVE A HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN FIFTY FOUR CIVILIANS, AND WE HOLD POSITIONS FOR ABOUT 60 CADETS.

RIGHT NOW, WE'RE ONLY RUNNING, UH, ABOUT 41, I THINK, IN THAT RANGE.

IN TERMS OF CADETS IN OUR ACADEMY.

OVERALL, WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR BUDGET, THE MAJORITY OF IT IS SPENT ON FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

THAT'S UPWARDS OF 66%, AND THAT'S PREDOMINANTLY, UM, SALARIES AND, AND BENEFITS FOR THE OPERATIONS PERSONNEL.

[00:20:02]

YOU ADD TO THAT, THINGS LIKE TRANSFERS AND DEBT SERVICE, EMERGENCY PREVENTION IS OUR, OUR FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE.

UM, OPERATIONS SUPPORT ARE KIND OF ALL THE OTHER, UH, PIECES THAT CONTRIBUTE AND IT MAKES UP ALL THE PIECES OF THE PIE, UM, FOR OUR TOTAL BUDGET.

BUT THE IMPORTANT THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT A GREAT DEAL OF OUR BUDGET IS SPENT ON SALARY AND BENEFITS.

THOSE ARE, THOSE ARE NOT EASILY, THE COURSE OF THOSE NUMBERS ARE NOT EASILY CHANGED.

UM, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE GETTING PAID FOR THEIR WORK, IT KIND OF KEEPS GOING IN A PARTICULAR DIRECTION.

OUR HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE CURRENT BUDGET, WE RECEIVED, UH, SIX MONTHS WORTH OF STAFF STAFFING TO OPEN A NEW FIRE AND EMS STATION ON LOOP 360.

IT'S AT 360 IN DAVENPORT IN THAT AREA.

UM, WE JUST HAD THE GRAND OPENING FOR THAT LAST FRIDAY.

UH, THEN WE ALSO RECEIVED QUITE A BIT OF SUPPORT FOR THE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE.

THE FIRE MARSHAL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PERMITTING IN THE PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AREA.

UM, AND, AND REVIEW FOR EMERGENCY PLANNING AND FIRE PLANNING, UH, FIRE SYSTEM PLANNING IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS.

UM, AS YOU KNOW, WITH A GROWING CITY AND LOTS OF REQUESTS FOR PERMITS, UH, THEIR OFFICE HAD BEEN INUNDATED WITH A LOT OF REQUESTS.

AND SO WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE TO GET 17 NEW, UH, POSITIONS FOR THAT MAR FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE.

AND THAT COST ROUGHLY 2.1 MILLION.

UM, WE HAD BASELINE INCREASES ABOUT 1.2 MILLION JUST TO COVER THE INCREASES THAT YOU SEE LISTED THERE IN TERMS OF SUPPLY.

PPE STANDS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WHICH ARE LIKE THOSE BIG TURNOUT COATS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEN WE GOT 10 MILLION, 10,000 TO, UM, TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE.

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FISCAL YEAR.

IT WENT TO, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN THE VERY LOW LEVEL.

WE HAD ENOUGH EMPLOYEES THAT THAT WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT $10,000 TO INCREASE THEIR SALARIES UP TO MINIMUM WAGE.

SO THAT'S THE CURRENT YEAR, AND THAT COMPARES TO WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR IN FISCAL YEAR 24 NEXT YEAR.

THAT BEGINS ON OCTOBER 1ST.

UM, NEXT YEAR, UH, JUST OUR BASELINE REQUEST IS AT 236 MILLION.

IT'S ABOUT A 3% INCREASE.

UM, THAT IS JUST AN ESTIMATE.

AS I SAID, WE'RE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT.

UH, IT INCLUDE INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL 16 POSITIONS BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA OPEN ANOTHER FIRE STATION NEXT YEAR IN THE GOODNIGHT RANCH AREA AREA.

UM, THAT'S ANOTHER ENGINE.

IT TAKES 16 POSITIONS TO, UH, RUN IT, RUN THE CRUISE FOR THREE DIFFERENT SHIFTS ON A, ON A FIRETRUCK.

UH, WE HAVE THE SAME NUMBER OF CIVILIANS, SAME NUMBER OF CADETS BUDGETED FOR NEXT YEAR.

UH, THE COST DRIVERS INCLUDE 3 MILLION OF AN INCREASE ON TOP OF WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE.

UM, THAT INCREASE COVERS A LOT OF PERSONNEL INCREASES, BUT IT DOES NOT YET COVER A CONTRACT INCREASE BECAUSE WE ARE STILL IN LABOR, IN, IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR A NEW LABOR CONTRACT AND ARBITRATION RIGHT NOW.

UM, SO THAT NUMBER WILL DEFINITELY ADJUST AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

INTERFUND TRANSFERS, WE, WE HAVE AN ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLE WHERE, UM, WE ARE ALLOCATED FUNDING FOR THINGS THAT ARE CENTRALIZED SERVICES WITHIN THE CITY SO THAT WE CAN ACCOUNT FOR THE, THE WORK AND THE MONEY THAT GOES BACK AND FORTH.

SOME OF THOSE THINGS MIGHT BE, UM, THE WIRELESS OFFICE OR THE FLEET.

UM, THE PEOPLE WHO MAINTAIN OUR, OUR FLEET, UM, A LOT OF THE OVERHEAD THAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY CONSIDER IN BUSINESS.

THAT'S HOW WE TRACK HOW MUCH WE USE, UM, RELATIVE TO THEIR WORK.

UM, WE HAVE THAT NEXT FIRE STATION ON THERE, 1.3 MILLION.

THAT'S A PARTIAL YEAR FOR GOODNIGHT RANCH AND OPENING OUT THERE.

THEN WE HAVE TWO ITEMS THERE THAT SAY ANNUALIZATION, THEY GAVE US A PARTIAL YEAR THIS YEAR FOR LOOP 360 IN THE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE.

SO NEXT YEAR WE AUTOMATICALLY WILL NEED THE REST OF THE, OF THE MONEY FOR THE, TO COVER A FULL YEAR.

AND THEN WE'LL BE, THEN THERE WON'T BE ANY MORE INCREASES BEYOND THAT.

UH, AND THEN CONTRACT INCREASES TO BASIC THINGS, SERVICE CONTRACTS AND PURCHASING CONTRACTS.

UH, ONE OF THE INTERESTING PIECES IS OUR, OUR COST OF FIRE HOSE HAS GONE UP A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT, UM, ENOUGH TO WARRANT US NEEDING TO ASK FOR MORE MONEY IN THAT BUDGET LINE ITEM.

IT TOTALS OUT TO BE ABOUT 6.6 MILLION.

LIKE I SAID, THAT'S ABOUT A 3% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR IN TERMS OF THE BASELINES FOR WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR.

THE LAST SLIDE JUST GIVES YOU A SORT OF PREVIEW OF WHAT WE'RE CURRENTLY IN NEGOTIATION.

UM, AND WE DON'T, ALL DEPARTMENTS HAVE LOTS OF UNFUNDED, UH, UN YOU KNOW, CRITICAL NEEDS, UNMET NEEDS.

UM, IT'S SORT OF THE WISHLIST PHASE AS WE GO THROUGH THE BUDGET.

UM, THESE ARE THE ITEMS THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT PUT FORWARD.

WE WANNA STABILIZE OUR OVERTIME USAGE, AND THAT COMES WITH AN INCREASE IN JUST STRAIGHT FUNDING TO THE OVERTIME BUDGET.

BUT IT ALSO COMES WITH A REQUEST FOR SOME POSITIONS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IF WE HAD FULL-TIME POSITIONS THERE THAT WOULD COVER BACKFILL.

WE HAVE A PROCESS OF MANDATORY STAFFING ON THOSE ENGINES AND LADDERS AND ALL, UM,

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THAT WE HAD MORE POSITIONS THAT BACKFILL WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF AT A REGULAR PAY RATE INSTEAD OF HAVING TO RELY ON AN OVERTIME PAY RATE.

SO THAT COULD BE, DEPENDING ON WHAT ASPECTS OF IT THAT YOU LOOK AT.

UM, ANYWHERE FROM 1.8 UPWARDS OF, OF 3.6 MILLION.

UM, WE'VE ASKED SEVERAL YEARS NOW FOR, UH, STAFFING FOR A COUPLE OF LADDERS.

IT'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ENGINE, UH, AND A LADDER IS BASICALLY, UH, THE LADDER PART.

I KNOW THAT SOUNDS VERY LOGICAL, BUT, UM, THERE ARE, THERE'S ONLY ABOUT 13 LADDERS AROUND THE CITY, AND WE HAVE AN INCREASED LADDERS IN A VERY LONG TIME AS THE CITY GROWS UPWARDS AS WELL AS AS, UM, EVEN THINGS LIKE WILDFIRES.

YOU NEED LADDER TRUCKS TO BE ABLE TO SPRAY THE WATER OUT OVER A FURTHER DISTANCE.

AND THEN OBVIOUSLY YOU NEED LADDERS TO GET UP INTO MULTIPLE STORY BUILDINGS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, SO WE WOULD LIKE THE STAFFING FOR TWO LADDERS.

ONE TRUCK WE'VE ALREADY ORDERED AND PAID FOR AND RECEIVED.

SO IT'S, THAT'S EVENTUALLY WE WOULD NEED THE SECOND TRUCK ORDERED ALSO, OR, OR LADDER TRUCK ORDERED.

COMMAND TECHS ARE A CONCEPT THAT WE'VE ASKED FOR, FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

ALSO, THIS HAS TO DO WITH SUPPORTING THE BATTALION CHIEFS.

THEY ALL KIND OF RUN ALL OVER THE CITY AND, AND ARE IN THE SPAN OF CONTROL.

THEY HAVE A BUNCH OF OTHER PEOPLE BELOW THEM.

UM, HAVING AN ASSISTANT, UM, SORT OF WORK WITH THEM ON A DAILY BASIS TO, WHEN THEY COME UP ON VERY COMPLICATED INCIDENTS THAT HAVE LOTS OF JOBS THAT THEY HAVE TO DO SIMULTANEOUSLY, THEY HAVE SOMEONE THERE TO BACK THEM UP ON A LOT OF THOSE PIECES AND KEEP THEM ON TRACK.

UM, LIKE, LIKE SEVERAL OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS, WE NEED DISPATCHERS.

SO THERE'S A REQUEST IN FOR EIGHT, UH, POSITIONS IN THAT AREA.

AND THEN, UM, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE, BUT ALL OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS HAVE CIVILIAN SUPPORT, UM, LIKE CARLOS AND MYSELF.

AND, UH, WE NEED, WE, EACH YEAR WE ASK FOR SOME MORE.

THIS YEAR WE'VE PUT IN FOR FIVE PARTICULAR POSITIONS THAT WE'D, WE'D LOVE ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE.

UM, AND THEY COVER THINGS LIKE, UH, INVENTORY SPECIALISTS HELPS US KEEP TRACK OF WHERE ALL THAT EQUIPMENT IS.

OR A, UM, MAINTENANCE WORKERS.

SO WE CAN HAVE TWO CREWS INSTEAD OF ONE AND A HALF CREWS GOING TO OUR 50 SOME, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'LL BE UP TO 52 53 STATIONS.

UM, IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

WE NEED A SCHEDULING COORDINATOR.

WE'RE GOING TO A NEW WAY OF DOING TIMEKEEPING AND WE NEED SOMEBODY TO HELP WITH SCHEDULING, UH, SOMEBODY IN WORKER'S COMP THO THOSE KINDS OF AREAS.

UM, THE O ONLY OTHER THING WE'VE ASKED FOR, FOR, AND THERE'S TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF MONEY.

THERE'S ONGOING MONEY, AND THAT'S THAT FIRST LIST OF FIVE.

AND THEN THERE'S ONE TIME MONEY, ONE TIME FUNDING.

OUR ONE TIME FUNDING REQUEST IS FOR SOME AUTOMATIC ELECTRONIC DEFIBRILLATORS.

IS THAT WHAT THE E IS? EXTERNAL.

EXTERNAL, THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

Y YEAH.

YOU KNOW WHAT THEY'RE, THEY'RE THE SHOCK 'EM THINGS .

UM, WE NEED TO REPLACE THOSE.

AND WE'VE GOT ABOUT 130 OF THEM AT, UH, UH, $2,100 EACH, PLUS SOME SUPPLIES THAT GO WITH THAT.

UM, SO WE PUT IN A REQUEST FOR ONE TIME FUNDING FOR THAT.

SO THAT IS THE CONCLUSION OF WHERE WE'RE AT WITH OUR BUDGET DEVELOPMENT.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANNA ASK QUESTIONS INDIVIDUALLY OR WAIT TILL THE END.

YEAH.

DID WE WANNA DO QUESTIONS? DEPARTMENT BY DEPARTMENT? WELL, IS THAT EASIER TO WRAP YOUR HEADS AROUND? OKAY.

OKAY.

SO LET'S DO THAT.

UM, I HAVE COMMISSIONER NOU TWO QUESTIONS.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

UM, I JUST WANNA FOLLOW UP ON YOUR ENGINE LADDERS, UM, UH, REQUEST MM-HMM.

.

SO OUT OF THOSE 11, HOW OLD ARE THEY RANGING? DO YOU, DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT CHIEF FIRES CAN HELP ME OUT ON THAT? ALL RIGHT.

CHIEF FIRES, UH, OFFICER, FIRE DEPARTMENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, THE, I DON'T HAVE THE ACTUAL AGE.

I CAN TELL YOU THE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE.

THIS WILL GIVE YOU A GENERAL IDEA.

SO ENGINES, THE ONES THAT SPRAY THE WATER ARE REPLACED EVERY 10 YEARS, RIGHT? THEY, THEY HAVE 10 YEARS FRONTLINE AND THEY HAVE FIVE YEARS IN RESERVE, AND THEN THEY'RE SOLD OFF TO AUCTION, AND NEW ONES COME IN FOR THE LADDERS.

THERE'S 15 YEARS FRONTLINE AND FIVE YEARS IN RESERVE.

AND THEN THERE'S SOLD OFF AT AUCTION.

AND THE CITY'S BEEN VERY GOOD.

WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR IT.

THAT REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE IS FOLLOWED PRETTY, UH, PRETTY CLOSE, UH, FOR US TO KEEP US IN, IN VEHICLES THAT ARE IN GOOD SHAPE AND WORKING CONDITION.

SO THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REPLACEMENTS.

UM, YOU KNOW, A STATION COULD HAVE BEEN THERE FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS.

THEY'VE HAD THOSE ENGINES AND THOSE LADDERS AND THINGS REPLACED.

THIS IS ADDING AN ADDITIONAL ONE TO OUR FLEET.

YEAH.

AND THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE RESOLUTION FROM COUNCIL, UH, THAT WE'RE, WE'RE CITY MANAGEMENT RESPONSIVE TO, I THINK IN JULY.

WE'RE WORKING ON THE DETAILS FOR THEM FOR THAT.

THANK YOU FOR AND ONE SECOND, COMMISSIONER.

I JUST WANT, CAN WE BRING UP COMMISSIONER KOFFIN, COMMISSIONER SMITH UP SO THAT I CAN SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO GIVE A GLANCE OVER AND SEE IF ANYONE ELSE HAS QUESTIONS BEFORE I LET COMMISSIONER NGUYEN CONTINUE.

OKAY,

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GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

UM, SO THIS ISN'T RELATED TO, LIKE YOU SAID, THE FRONT LINE OR THE RESERVES.

THIS IS ADDITIONAL ON TOP OF THE 11? THAT IS CORRECT.

OKAY.

THAT'LL BE TWO ADDITIONAL STAFFED.

OKAY.

AND THEN ALSO, I, I HAPPEN TO HAVE JUST PURCHASED SOME ANDS, UH, FOR THE ORGANIZATION I WORK FOR.

SO, UM, I WAS LOOKING AT THE, UH, PRICING FOR THOSE AND YOU SAID THEY'RE THE AD ONE 30 S, RIGHT? UM, OH, I DON'T KNOW WHAT NUMBER THEY'RE OKAY.

WHAT MODEL THEY ARE.

OKAY.

UM, I, I'M, I'M WONDERING IF, UM, FOR PROCUREMENT PURPOSES, UM, DO WE LOOK AT THE CONTRACTS OF, UM, OF HOW MUCH THESE ARE COSTING? BECAUSE THOSE SEEM LIKE THEY'RE, UH, A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN SOME OF THE OTHER ADSS I'VE SEEN.

WE WORK WITH THE OFFICE OF THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR WHO HAS A LOT OF DATA REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE AEDS.

SO THESE ARE, THESE ARE THE TYPE THAT WILL COLLECT INFORMATION ON HOW LONG THEY WERE CHARGED AND HOW FAST THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY HIT THE, THE BUTTONS.

UM, AND, AND SAVE ALL THAT DATA SO THAT THEY CAN ANALYZE IT.

SO I'M SURE THEY'RE MORE THAN THE, THAN THE AVERAGE.

OKAY.

THERE'S ALSO SOME OTHER CRITERIA FOR, UH, HAVING SOMETHING THAT PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE C CPR PROVIDED, UH, THE, THE DEPTH OF COMPRESSION, HOW MANY COMPRESSIONS PER MINUTE WERE DONE, ET CETERA.

SO THEY'RE A LITTLE BIT MORE ROBUST.

THEY'RE ALSO RUGGEDIZED, UH, THEY'RE ON A FIRETRUCK THAT WITH, WITH REGULAR USAGE, ET CETERA.

SO THERE ARE SOME LOW, LESS EXPENSIVE VERSIONS THAT ACCOMPLISH THE SAME DEAL, BUT MAYBE AREN'T AS DURABLE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THESE ARE REQUIRED TO WORK IN.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND I HAD ONE QUESTION.

I WAS, UM, THINKING BACK TO OUR CONVERSATIONS ABOUT, UM, UH, BACKUP POWER FOR STATIONS, AND I WAS WONDERING IF ANY OF THOSE, UM, THE WORD IS A THE GENERATORS.

THE GENERATORS, YES.

IF ANY OF THOSE GENERATORS HAVE MADE IT INTO THIS BUDGET, LIKE THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING THAT YOU GUYS NEEDED FOR THAT, I CAN, WE'RE WORKING ON THAT IN THAT THERE WAS A SECOND RESOLUTION FOR GENERATORS, AND IT'S BEING LED THROUGH THE PROCESS BY OUR, UM, UM, NOW I'VE LOST A BUILDING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND SO ALL OF US, THERE'S STUFF WITH EMS ALSO ON THE GENERATORS.

THEY'LL BE COMING BACK TO COUNCIL, I BELIEVE IN MID-JULY OR EARLY JULY, UM, WITH INFORMATION ON HOW MANY GENERATORS ARE NEEDED AND WHAT OTHER INFORMATION FOR THAT.

SO THOSE WILL BE IN TIME FOR THE, FOR THE NEW BUDGET APPROVAL.

MM-HMM.

, LIKE THOSE RESOLUTIONS ARE COMING IN TIME FOR THE NEW BUDGET.

OKAY.

THAT'S THE PLAN.

ANYONE ELSE? OKAY.

UM, I GUESS WITH THAT, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND TAKE EMS NEXT.

IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.

UH, CARLOS LEDESMA.

I'M THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT EMS. UM, HERE, LIKE WE NOW MENTIONED, THIS IS OUR FORECAST.

AND FOR OUR FISCAL YEAR 23, OUR APPROVED BUDGET CONSISTS OF $112 MILLION.

UH, OUR POSITIONS AS, UH, CHIEF HOPKINS WENT OVER, UH, 665 SWORN.

OUR CIVILIANS ARE 1 41 AND AT 0.5, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES OUR CADETS.

UM, OUR RESOURCES, UH, WERE 63% OF GENERAL FUND, UM, TAX SUPPORTED, AND WE DO COLLECT REVENUE ABOUT 37% TO FUND US.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE HERE ARE 23 REVENUE PROJECTIONS.

UH, WE'RE AT SITTING AT 42.9 MILLION.

UH, WE ARE TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

WE ARE ABOUT 70% OF THAT REVENUE COLLECTED ALREADY.

UM, SO TRACKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, UH, SIMILAR TO OUR FRIENDS AND FIRE, OUR, OUR BREAKDOWN OF OUR BUDGET, PRETTY MUCH THE MAJORITY IS IN OPERATIONS.

UH, WE JUST HAVE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS, WHICH CONSISTS OF COMMS, UM, EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT, AND THEN WE HAVE TRANSFERS, WHICH IS A KEY PART OF A LOT OF, UH, GENERAL FUND DEPARTMENTS.

UH, SOME PROGRAM BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS.

WE DID RECEIVE NINE NEW FTES FOR OUR BILLING SUPPORT.

THAT WAS TO HELP, YOU KNOW, ALLEVIATE OUR BACKLOG ON OUR BILLING.

UM, WE RECEIVED ALSO 200,000 ON OPERATING FUNDS FOR WHOLE BLOOD.

UM, THE KEY PART HERE IS OPERATING.

WE DID RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN CAPITAL ONE TIME TO, FOR THE OTHER, OTHER PART OF THE PROGRAM WITH ITS ALSO INCLUDES, UH, THE SIMULATION LAB.

UM, WE ALSO RECEIVED ADDITIONAL MONEY ON OVERTIME AND TO FINISH PAYING, UH, OUR BALLISTIC VEST PURCHASE.

WE KIND OF SPREAD THAT OUT THROUGH A COUPLE OF FISCAL YEARS.

UH, PARENTAL LEAVE FOR SWORN EMPLOYEES WAS ALSO INCLUDED IN OUR BUDGET.

AND LAST ON OUR LIST, AIRPORT, AIRPORT PILOT PROGRAM.

THIS WAS FUNDED BY A B I A, BUT, BUT WE RECEIVED THE FUNDING IN OUR BUDGET FOR F FY 24 FORECAST.

UH, WE'RE AT 117 MILLION, UH, SIMILAR TO FIRE.

WE ARE IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS, SO THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY IS

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NOT, UH, SHOWN HERE.

OUR SW POSITIONS IS INCREASING BY 12.

THAT IS, UH, BECAUSE OF GOODNIGHT RANCH.

UH, WE HAVE A 12, UH, SWORN STAFF BEING INCLUDED.

OUR CIVILIANS ARE REMAINING AT 1 41 0.5.

OUR REVENUE, HOWEVER, IS INCREASING TO 46.9 MILLION.

AND THAT'S JUST BASED ON THE TRENDS THAT WE'RE SEEING NOW.

UH, WITH, LIKE I SAID, THE ADDITIONAL BILLING SUPPORT THAT WE RECEIVED.

UM, OUR BUDGET'S INCREASING RIGHT NOW AT 5.2 MILLION.

WE'RE FOUR AND A 5%, UH, MAJORITY.

IT'S AGAIN, AND, AND PERSONNEL.

UM, UH, INTERNET FUND TRANSFERS, AS RENELL MENTIONED, THAT'S A LOT OF THE TRANSFERS FOR THE WIRELESS CTECH.

UM, ITEMS LIKE THAT.

OUR OPERATING INCREASES.

THIS, AGAIN, WE HAVE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES, UH, INFLATION AND COST, UH, INCREASES IN MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

WE, WE'VE SEEN A, A DRASTIC INCREASE, AND WE'RE JUST TRYING TO CATCH UP, UM, TO GET US UP AT THOSE PAR LEVELS.

AND THE RE AND THE REDUCTION OF THE 200,000, THAT HAS TO DO WITH ONE TIME FUNDING THAT WE RECEIVE EVERY YEAR FOR EQUIPMENT.

UM, THAT IS LIKE THE VESTS, FOR EXAMPLE.

UM, OR ANY PERSONNEL.

WHEN WE RECEIVE PERSONNEL, WE HAVE TO BUY LAPTOPS, COMPUTERS, THOSE ARE ALL CONSIDERED ONE-TIME FUNDING.

UM, AND THEY USUALLY TAKE IT OUT THE NEXT YEAR.

UH, FOR OUR ADMIN NEEDS, UH, OUR, OUR, OUR BIG ONE HERE, NUMBER ONE IS RECRUITING DIVISION.

UH, AS YOU GUYS KNOW, FAMILIAR WITH OUR VACANCIES.

THIS IS TO ENHANCE THAT RECRUITMENT PROGRAM.

WE'RE ASKING FOR 11 FTES, UH, FOR THOSE ARE SWORN FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT $1.6 MILLION.

UM, WE DO HAVE SOME ONE TIME COSTS THERE, UH, TO BUY, LIKE I SAID, THE EQUIPMENT, UM, RADIOS FOR THE SWORN STAFF, UNIFORMS, ET CETERA.

UM, OUR SECOND ASK IS DATA ANALYTICS AS WE'RE TRYING TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE OUR RESPONSE TIMES TO BE MORE DATA DRIVEN.

AND SO WE'RE ASKING FOR TWO ADDITIONAL STAFFS.

UM, FOR THAT.

OUR NUMBER THREE, IT'S OUR C4 PROGRAM CURRENTLY IS A 12 HOUR PROGRAM, AND WE'RE ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO MAKE THAT A 24 HOUR PROGRAM.

UH, NUMBER FOUR IS THE RM FUNDED PILOT PROGRAM.

WE'VE BEEN ASKED TO, TO DO VARIOUS PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

ONE WAS LAKE ME, UM, THE AIRPORT, UH, RAINEY STREET AND CASTED FOR, FOR THE AIRPORT, ALTHOUGH WE GOT THE FUNDING FOR THE ADDITIONAL STAFF.

UH, BASED ON OUR CURRENT TRENDS, WE WERE ASKING FOR AN ADDITIONAL STAFF JUST FOR ROTATION PURPOSES.

UM, AND THEN OUR, OUR LAST ITEM HERE, THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANT.

UM, THIS IS 4.6 MILLION AS, UH, A FEW YEARS OR MORE THAN A FEW YEARS BACK.

OUR CARDIAC MAN CARDIAC MONITORS ARE ONE OF THE VERY EXPENSIVE ITEMS. UM, 70 OF THEM WERE BOUGHT ABOUT FIVE, SIX YEARS AGO.

AND WE'RE, THOSE ARE DUE FOR REPLACEMENT.

WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR ALL THE 70 UP UPFRONT, BECAUSE THAT'S GONNA BE A VERY HUGE ASK.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE BREAKING THAT OUT FOR THE NEXT FISCAL, NEXT FEW FISCAL YEARS AND CREATING A, A CRITICAL REPLACEMENT LIST FOR OUR VENTILATORS AS WELL.

AND OUR STRETCHERS.

UM, THIS WITH THE STRIKE STRIKERS.

UH, IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE ALSO HAVE SOME, UM, I WANNA MAKE SURE I GET THE NAME RIGHT HERE.

UM, MASS CASUALTY VEHICLES, UM, IN AN INCLEMENT WEATHER VEHICLE, UM, AS YOU'VE SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE WEATHER LATELY.

SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PREPARED.

AND, AND WITH THAT, UM, ANY QUESTIONS FOR EMS? COMMISSIONER KOFF, COMMISSIONER SMITH? I JUST DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU THERE.

OKAY.

ANYONE ELSE? UM, SO I HAD A QU EMS ALSO HAS A CONTRACT RENEGOTIATION COMING UP AS WELL.

RIGHT.

SO THESE, THE, THOSE CHANGES AND FIGURES AREN'T, ARE THEY REFLECTED IN HERE AT ALL? NO.

NO, THEY'RE NOT.

OKAY.

UM, AND THEN ONE OTHER QUE C COULD YOU JUST TELL ME, TELL US BRIEFLY, EXPLAIN BRIEFLY WHAT THE COLLABORATIVE CARE COMMUNICATIONS, UM, CENTER IS? IT'S PERFECT.

I'LL LET, UH, CHIEF HOPKINS HERE.

CERTAINLY THE C FLOOR LINER, THE CLA REPAIR COMMUNICATIONS CENTER KIND OF FALLS UNDER MY AREA OF PURVIEW.

AND THOSE ARE PARAMEDIC, THE CLINICAL SPECIALISTS THAT ARE EMBEDDED AT THE 9 1 1 CENTER.

AND SO THEY TAKE THE LOWEST PRIORITY CALLS AND THEY TRY TO ASCERTAIN THE PROBLEM NATURE AND FIND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO DISPOSITION THAT CALL WITHOUT INVOLVING AN AMBULANCE.

AND SO IT COULD BE THAT, UH, YOU NEED YOUR MEDICATIONS REFILLED, AND SO WE ARE ABLE TO HELP NAVIGATE THAT FOR YOU.

THERE, THERE'S MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF CALLS THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO DO THAT TOO.

AND WE'VE HAD REALLY GOOD SUCCESS ON THE, ON, ON, ON

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THE DAYTIME HOURS, BUT WE HAVE A GAP AT NIGHT WHEN THOSE CREW MEMBERS GO HOME.

AND SO WE JUST WANT THAT TO BE 24 HOURS SO THAT WE CAN, WE CAN REALLY, UH, KIND OF HELP PEOPLE IN THE MOST, UH, COST EFFECTIVE WAY.

IT'S THE, THE RIGHT RESOURCE TO THE RIGHT PATIENT AT THE RIGHT TIME.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

ANYTHING ELSE? IS THERE ANY, ANY, ANYTHING IN THIS LIST THAT SOMEBODY WOULD LIKE, JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMA, LIKE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT CAST, LIKE WHAT CASTED IS, ANYTHING LIKE THAT? TALK A LITTLE MORE.

COMMISSIONER NGUYEN HAS QUESTIONS.

UM, SO WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THOSE, UH, HIGH WATER VEHICLES, ARE YOU ALSO PUTTING IN THEIR BUILDING AND TRAINING FOR THOSE STAFF, UM, AS WE'VE SEEN SEVERE WEATHERS, UH, BECOMING MORE PREVALENT.

SO, UM, I'M WONDERING IF THAT ASK ALSO INCLUDES THAT AS WELL.

NO, NO.

THE, THE ASK IS JUST FOR THE ACTUAL VEHICLE, UH, PURCHASE.

OKAY.

WE HAVE NOT INCLUDED ANY, ANY TRAINING.

NO.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN I WILL ASK, JUST FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYONE WATCHING AT HOME, IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN WHAT CASTED IS.

SO CASTED IS WHERE WE TAKE A LOT OF TIMES AN AUSTIN POLICE OFFICER, TWO OF 'EM, A MEDIC AND A FIREFIGHTER.

AND SO THEY ARE IN TYPICALLY THE DOWNTOWN CORNER, UH, POISED TO AFFECT ANY KIND OF ACTIVE ATTACK GUN VIOLENCE CALL.

AND SO THEY, UH, ARE A SPECIALIZED RESOURCE THAT ALLOWS US TO GET MEDICS TO THE PATIENT FASTER, UH, BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE PROTECTION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND HOW MANY OF THOSE TEAMS ARE THERE RIGHT NOW? IS THERE JUST ONE TEAM DOWNTOWN, OR ARE THERE MULTIPLE TEAMS? TYPICALLY THEY'RE ON THE, THE, THE WEEKEND EVENINGS.

OKAY.

AND WE CAN HAVE ANYWHERE FROM ONE TO TO THREE TEAMS, KIND OF DEPENDING ON WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR.

OKAY.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER HALL, MARTIN, UM, I WAS CURIOUS WHAT YOUR PARENTAL LEAVE IS FOR SWORN EMPLOYEES.

WHAT DO Y'ALL OFFER? DO YOU KNOW? ? UM, I, I DON'T HAVE THAT INFORMATION IN FRONT OF ME.

I'M SORRY, BUT WE CAN NO, IT'S OKAY.

ABSOLUTELY GET THAT TO YOU.

OKAY.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

I'M JUST CURIOUS.

THANK YOU.

OF COURSE.

OKAY.

I FEEL LIKE I'VE EXHAUSTED QUESTIONS, SO WE'RE GONNA GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, AND THEN WE HAVE A P D NEXT.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, JAMES MASON, ASSISTANT CHIEF FOR THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

JUST WAITING ON THE PRESENTATION.

THERE WE GO.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO IF WE LOOK AT OUR CURRENT 2023 APPROVED BUDGET, WE'RE AT 440, UH, 4.9 MILLION.

UH, WE CURRENTLY HAVE 1,812 OR ALLOWED 1,812 SWORN EMPLOYEES, UH, ABOUT 508, UH, CIVILIANS.

AND MOST OF THOSE CIVILIAN STAFFING ARE AT, UH, OUR COMMUNICATIONS CTECH, UH, DE, UH, DEPARTMENT.

IF WE LOOK AT, IF WE BREAK IT DOWN BY BUDGET, UH, ABOUT 50% IS, UH, IS FUNDED AND BASED THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING.

UH, ABOUT 13% IS, IS IN OUR INVESTIGATIONS.

IF YOU LOOK AT OUR 2023 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS, UH, WE DID, WE WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY CREATE THE FORENSICS DEPARTMENT.

UH, IT IS COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND IT IS, IT IS ON THE, IT IS THEIR OWN DEPARTMENT, UH, SEPARATELY BY ITSELF.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE, UH, AND THIS WAS HEAVILY, UH, RIGHTFULLY SO, WATCHED BY COUNSEL, OUR CONTINUED INVESTMENTS FOR OUR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.

UH, WE DID TWO MARKET STUDIES FOR WAGE INCREASES FOR OUR TELECOMMUNICATIONS 9 1 1, AND AS WELL AS DISPATCHERS AND AS WELL AS OUR VICTIM SERVICES EMPLOYEES, UH, RECEIVED BOTH OF THOSE STUDIES.

UH, AND THEN WE DID REPLACE THE HELICOPTER THIS YEAR.

UM, AND THEN, UH, WE ALSO ARE CIVILIANIZING OUR, UH, REALTIME CRIME CENTER, UH, PERSONNEL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT, UH, LIKE DR.

PAULSON SAID, THIS IS OUR 2024 FORECAST.

OF COURSE, THE ULTIMATE IS UP TO THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE.

UH, WE'RE LOOKING AT, UH, AN INCREASE TO 467.5 MILLION.

UH, OUR SWARM PERSONNEL AND OUR CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, UH, WILL NOT CHANGE THE OLD STATE 1812 AND 508.

AND, AND THEN IF WE BREAK DOWN THE COST OF THE INCREASE FOR THE 467.5 MILLION, UH, THE, THE BIG INCREASE IS THE, UH, PERSONNEL COST DRIVERS, UH, GOES UP TO 14.9 MILLION.

UH, A LOT OF THAT WAS THE 4% RAISE THAT CITY COUNCIL APPROVED.

WELL AS A 3% STEP.

UH, THERE'S ALSO A COST FOR ALL THREE, UH, US ACTUALLY, UH, CITYWIDE AS, UH, THE INSURANCE COSTS ARE GOING UP.

UH, ALSO OUR INTER FUND TRANSFERS, UH, WHICH ARE OUR, YOU KNOW, OUR FLEET, UH, SUPPORT SERVICES THAT WE PAY OUT FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT

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US, UH, THAT'S GOING TO 5.2 MILLION.

UH, AND THEN OUR, OUR CONTRACT AND OPERATING INCREASES, THERE'S 2.5 AND, UH, INCREASED THE 2.5 MILLION AND THAT EQUALS A TOTAL OF ABOUT 22.6 MILLION OR ROUGHLY 5%.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEN IF WE LOOK AT OUR, UH, OUR COUNCIL INITIATIVES OR OUR, OUR UNMET, UNMET NEEDS, UH, TWO BIG THINGS YOU'RE GONNA SEE HERE AS ADVERTISING.

UH, WE, YOU KNOW, OF COURSE WE ARE, WE'RE WE'RE RATE OF ABOUT 322 VACANCIES, UH, OFFICER WISE, UH, PLUS THE 150 THAT THAT COUNCIL HAD ORIGINALLY, UH, TAKEN AWAY FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

SO WE'RE AROUND 500 VACANCIES.

UH, WE WANTED, WE NEED TO DO SOME AND LIKE TO DO SOME, UH, ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN FOR OUR SWORN RECRUITING PERSONNEL.

UH, NOT ONLY, NOT ONLY STATEWIDE BUT NATIONWIDE CUZ THERE'S A LOT OF, UH, OFFICERS THAT ARE COMING MOVING FROM DIFFERENT STATES.

WE'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THAT, TO GET OTHER OFFICERS THAT ARE ALREADY HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO BE ABLE TO COME HERE, UH, TO BE ABLE TO RECRUIT THEM.

UH, WE DID, UH, THROUGH SALARY SAVINGS THIS YEAR, WERE ABLE TO, UH, GIVE A RETENTION BONUS TO OUR 9 1 1 AND DISPATCHER EMPLOYEES.

IT WAS A THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THREE INSTALLMENTS THROUGHOUT THE, THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

UH, WE WITH WE'RE FORTUNATE ENOUGH AND IT'S TAKING TIME, BUT WE'RE SLOWLY, UH, YOU KNOW, GETTING PEOPLE ON BOARD AND TRAINING THEM.

UM, BUT WE'RE, WE'RE GONNA NEED, NEED TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THAT.

WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THAT AND WE NEED THAT IN OUR BUDGET AND NOT BE ABLE TO USE IT IN OUR CURRENT.

SO WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO INCREASE IT BY, AND THAT'LL COST ABOUT 501 .

AND THEN OF COURSE, UM, CONTINUE ADVERTISING FOR OUR 9 1 1 AND DISPATCHERS AT 200 KK.

AND THEN OUR, UM, OUR OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS, UH, FOR ALL THREE DEPARTMENTS, ESPECIALLY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, UH, IS CONSTANTLY, YOU KNOW, RECEIVING PIS, PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUESTS.

UM, AND WE'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE FOUR FULL-TIME CIVILIAN FTES AS WELL AS THE COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE BILL, UH, ONE 11, UH, WHICH WAS THE, UH, THE LAW THAT, THAT REQUIRES US TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE HANDLE OUR CASE TO THE DA'S OFFICE, THAT, UH, WE, WE, WE PRETTY MUCH SWEAR OR SWORN TO THE, THAT WE'VE GIVEN ALL THE INFORMATION, ALL THE VIDEOS, ALL THE INFORMATION TO BE ABLE TO FOR THE DA.

SO WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOMEBODY FULL-TIME IN THAT POSITION TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S BEING DONE RIGHT.

AND THEN OUR LAST, UH, BIG TICKET ITEM, UH, IS, UH, EARLY INTERVENTION SYSTEM.

AND THIS WAS, UH, CREATED THROUGH AN AUDIT THAT WAS DONE THIS TO THE CITY MANAGER'S OFF OUR CITY MANAGER, UM, INITIATED IT THROUGH THE AUDIT OFFICE.

AND, UM, THERE, OUR CURRENT SYSTEM, OR THE ONE THAT WE DID HAVE IN PLACE IS THIS NOT EFFECTIVE AND IT'S BEEN YEARS OLD AND THE PROGRAM IS JUST NO ONE EVEN KNOWS HOW TO, HOW TO BE ABLE TO COMPLY IT OR TO BE ABLE TO WORK IT.

UH, SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW INTERVENTION SYSTEM AND WE, WE'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO FUND THAT.

SO, UM, IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS, I'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER HOLMES, I'VE GOT A QUESTION ON, UM, UNDER THE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS.

ONE THING THAT WAS LISTED WAS CONTINUED INVESTMENTS IN VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.

ONE, I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THAT, BUT IT ALSO BRINGS TO MY MEMORY, BEFORE I WAS ON THIS COMMISSION, IT SEEMS LIKE I SAW IN THE NEWS ONE DAY SOME TALK OF MOVING VICTIM SERVICES OUT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

IS VICTIM, IS THERE STILL A VICTIM SERVICES WITHIN A P D? YES, THERE IS.

OKAY.

AND THERE'S NO, UM, THERE'S NO, UM, TALKS OR ANY MOVEMENT OF MOVING THEM OUT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THEY'RE ACTUALLY EMBEDDED INTO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE, I THOUGHT I HEARD SOMETHING LIKE THAT A COUPLE YEARS AGO.

BUT, UM, WHAT IS THIS? WHAT IS THIS INVESTMENT? UM, IT'S, IT'S CONTINUED, UH, COUNCIL, UH, REQUESTED SEVERAL ITEMS. UH, THERE WAS ACTUALLY, THEY WANTED CARS FOR EACH OF THE, THE DETECTIVES AS WELL AS, UH, LOOPHOLES AND MAKE SURE THAT THAT REPORTS AND EVERYTHING WERE FOLLOWED UPON AND MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T, UH, BASICALLY DROP THE BALL ON ANY TYPE OF VICTIM, MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE GIVEN THE, THE, THE PROPER TREATMENT AS WELL AS, AS ANYTHING THAT'S REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM.

SO IT'S A CONTINUED FUNDING FOR THAT.

UH, IT'S, IT'S IN THE RESOLUTIONS AND IT'S, IT'S A MANDATED ITEM.

GOTCHA.

THANKS.

YOU'RE WELCOME SIR.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? AND I'LL JUST RE-UP THE THING THAT, THAT ALSO A P D HAS CONTRACTS THAT ARE, SO THERE ARE SOME INCREASES HERE THAT ARE, THAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATE FOR THE, THE CITY COUNCIL ENACTED, UM, PAY COMPENSATION, UM, SORT OF GAP MEASURES THAT WERE MADE IN ABSENCE OF A CONTRACT.

BUT THIS DOES, THIS ALSO DOES NOT REFLECT FUTURE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS CUZ THAT'S PENDING, CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT, YES MA'AM.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I'M LOOKING AROUND TO SEE IF WE HAVE ANYTHING ELSE.

NOPE.

THANK YOU.

AND WITH THAT, I DO BELIEVE WE HAVE SOME PUBLIC COMMENT ON, UM, THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT BUDGET.

YEP.

IF YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND COME UP AT THIS TIME.

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THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

YEP.

HELP YOURSELF TO WHICHEVER ONE AND JUST TURN THE MIC ON AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO US.

HI, MY NAME IS CYNTHIA SIMONS AND I AM THE DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S JUSTICE AT THE TEXAS CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY.

AND WE ARE ALSO A PARTNER ORGANIZATION, UM, WITH EQUITY ACTION.

AND WE COLLABORATED AMONGST A NUMBER OF OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO PUT TOGETHER THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

SO I'M HERE SUPPORTING THAT AND ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THAT.

UM, THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET WAS PUT TOGETHER FROM A GROUP OF, UM, PEOPLE WHO DO POLICY, PEOPLE WHO DO DIRECT SERVICES, PEOPLE WHO ARE INUNDATED IN THE COMMUNITY AND HAVE BEEN IN INUNDATED IN THE COMMUNITY FOR A WHILE.

SO THEY HAVE THEIR FINGER ON THE PULSE OF WHAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY, WHAT THE COMMUNITY'S NEEDS ARE AND WHERE THOSE GAPS ARE.

AND THEY ALREADY HAVE, YOU KNOW, RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESOLUTIONS IF FUNDED PROPERLY ON HOW TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE RAPPORT IS ALREADY THERE.

AS WE ALL KNOW, THERE IS DISTRUST IN THE COMMUNITY BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY.

AND SO THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT, UM, WE HAVE TO BUILD UPON IN ORDER TO GET PEOPLE ACCESS TO SERVICES WHILE ALSO BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH THOSE, UM, ORGANIZATIONS TO WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO CON CONTINUE TO TRY TO REPAIR, UM, THE RELATIONSHIP AND THE HARM THAT'S BEEN DONE IN THE COMMUNITIES.

I SPECIFICALLY WANNA, UM, ELEVATE TWO AREAS OF INTEREST.

UM, PEER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS AND CASE MANAGERS, UM, PEER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, UM, YOU HAVE 'EM NOW IN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE.

UM, THEY ARE THE, ONE OF THE, UM, ONLY TANGIBLE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO COME UP WITH DATA THAT ACTUALLY SHOWS REDUCED RECIDIVISM RATES WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO HAS EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS, WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO'S EXPERIENCED INCARCERATION DEALING WITH FAMILY SEPARATION, SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER, THEY ARE A CRITICAL COMPONENT TO HELPING PEOPLE OVERCOME THE BARRIERS AND GETTING THEM, UM, ACCESS TO SERVICES THAT THEY OTHERWISE MAYBE NOT FEEL SAFE, UM, IN ARTICULATING WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE.

AND ALSO NOT TRUSTING, RIGHT.

UM, AND NOT UNDERSTANDING.

AND THERE'S NO BIASES THERE.

I THINK SOMETIMES, UM, WITH THE SERVICES, WELL NOT, I THINK THAT THERE WAS A REPORT THAT WAS, UM, PRESENTED TO COMMISSIONER'S COURT, UM, ABOUT A MONTH OR SO AGO.

AND THE DATA REFLECTED VERY CLEARLY THAT THERE WAS, UM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THE SERVICES THAT PEOPLE WERE RECEIVING AND THAT THEY HAD ACCESS TO.

SO WITH PEER SUPPORT SERVICES, WE GET SOME OF THAT IMPLICIT BIAS OUT OF THERE AND MAKING SURE THAT WE REALLY ALLOCATE FUNDS INTO HOUSING, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR REENTRY COMMUNITY COMMUNITY.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE, UH, FELONY CONVICTIONS, THERE IS NOWHERE FOR THEM TO LIVE.

AND IF PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE AND HEALTHY, UM, HOUSING, THEN WE ARE RUNNING A REALLY HIGH RISK OF THEM GOING BACK TO, UH, SURVIVAL.

UM, AND OUT OF THAT COMES CRIME, RIGHT? SO MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE EQUITABLE, UM, HOUSING CHOICES SO THAT THEY CAN LIVE A LIFE CONDUCIVE TO SUCCESS IF YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY.

AND BY US STRIPPING HOUSING FROM PEOPLE, WE'RE RELEGATING NOT ONLY THAT PERSON, BUT THEIR FAMILIES TO BEING UNHOUSED IN POVERTY IN UNFAVORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES.

SO WE ASK THAT YOU SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, UM, THAT HAS BEEN A HOLISTIC WRAPAROUND APPROACH TO THE NEEDS FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND I KNOW WE, I KNOW WE RAN OUT OF TIME, BUT IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE, LIKE, I MEAN WE, WE ARE, WE ARE RUNNING A FULL 25 MINUTES OR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND WE STILL HAVE TO VOTE AND EVERYTHING, BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL LIKE ANOTHER MINUTE OR SO OF THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO.

UM, I THINK THOSE ARE THE MAIN POINTS.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, JUST TAKING A LOOK AT THAT, THIS BUDGET WAS COMPRISED, UM, AND MADE UP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INUNDATED IN THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE ALREADY DOING THE SERVICES, JUST NEEDING TO FILL THAT GAPS IN FUNDING.

SO IT'S NOT AN ISSUE OF IDENTIFYING WHO NEEDS TO DO WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE GAPS.

THE ANSWERS ARE ALREADY THERE.

WE'RE JUST ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT IT AND ALLOCATE THE FUNDS APPROPRIATELY AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING, UM, THE HOUSING CRISIS THAT FOLKS HAVE.

ESPECIALLY FOR OUR REENTRY COMMUNITY.

TEXAS IS A STATE THAT INCARCERATES MORE PEOPLE BY SHEER NUMBER THAN ANY OTHER STATE.

AND THAT IS FACT.

THE BLACK SINGLE WOMAN CATEGORICALLY HAS THE HIGHEST LIKELIHOOD TO BE INCARCERATED, BUT THE LESS LIKELIHOOD TO RECEIVE SERVICES, THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE REALLY HAVE TO IDENTIFY AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE BOLSTERING UP SERVICES FOR THESE VERY VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SO WITH THAT, DO WE HAVE ANY, SO THIS IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE, THE MORE TIME CONSUMING SORT OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE PUT TOGETHER.

UM, SO GENERALLY WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST IS WE SORT OF TAKE IT DEPARTMENT

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BY DEPARTMENT AND WE LOOKED AT THEIR UNFUNDED PRIORITIES, UM, AND DECIDE WHETHER WE AS A COMMISSION FEEL COMFORTABLE ENDORSING THEM AS A WHOLE, IF WE'D LIKE TO ENDORSE SOME OF THOSE LINE ITEMS. AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE THE ABILITY TO ADD OTHER THINGS TO OUR BUDGET RECOMMENDATION.

FOR INSTANCE, UM, WE, IN PREVIOUS, UM, MEETINGS OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR PASSED A RECOMMENDATION FOR PAY PARITY FOR EMS. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO ALSO, UM, ENDORSE THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST AS WELL, WHICH NOT ONLY MENTIONS THE PEER SUPPORT, UM, SPECIALIST PROGRAMS, BUT THEY ALSO MENTIONED PAY PARODY AND THE COMMUNITY HEALTH PARAMEDICS PROGRAM THAT WE GOT A BRIEFING ON.

UM, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE CAN DO HERE.

WE CAN REQUEST THAT ALL OF THE GENERATOR EXPENSES FOR THE DEPARTMENTS BE FUNDED.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF ROOM HERE FOR US TO SORT OF PIECE TOGETHER A RECOMMENDATION.

I THINK THE BEST WAY TO START WOULD BE TO TAKE IT DEPARTMENT BY DEPARTMENT.

UM, AND SO STARTING WITH FIRE AND THE UNFUNDED BUDGET PRIORITIES COULD, IS THERE A WAY THAT WE COULD GET THOSE BACK UP ON THE SCREEN JUST SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN SEE THEM? UM, WHICH DID WE DO? I THINK WE DID FIRE FIRST.

JUST GO BACK IN ORDER.

I'M GLAD WE HAVE A LITTLE TIME CUZ THIS ONE DOES TAKE SOME TIME TO SORT OF WORK OUR WAY THROUGH.

UM, SO IF WE CAN ALL TAKE A PEEK AT THE DEPARTMENT UNFUNDED BUDGET PRIORITIES.

UM, AND I THINK, DO WE NEED A MOTION FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL PIECE? IS THAT HOW WE SHOULD DO THIS? MS. JACKSON? I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

PRESENTATION.

OKAY.

SO I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO END AND, AND AGAIN, EV ANYONE IS FREE TO SORT OF STOP LIKE TO, TO INTERVENE AND SAY YES TO THIS, NO TO THIS.

BUT LIKE, SO I'LL, I'LL START US AS PRESENTING EMOTION TO FUND A, TO, TO, TO RECOMMEND THAT AUSTIN FIRES UNFUNDED BUDGET PRIORITIES, BE ADOPT, BE, BE RECOMMENDED AS A WHOLE BY THE COMMISSION.

SO THAT'S MY MOTION.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND THAT.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION ON THAT? NOPE.

OKAY.

SO WITH THAT, I WILL TAKE A VOTE FOR THE FIRE AND I'M GONNA GET MY LITTLE CHEAT SHEET OUT SO THAT I DON'T FORGET ANYBODY.

I'M, I'M SORRY.

TEAM.

ONE MOMENT ON DISCUSSION.

YES.

UM, PRIOR TO THE VOTE, IS THIS A NECESS, DO WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE COMMUNITY BUDGET ENDORSEMENT PRIOR TO THE ENDORSING OF THEIR, THEIR INDIVIDUAL BUDGETS? OR DOES, IS THAT HANDLED LATER? UM, WHAT I WAS PLANNING ON DOING WAS GOING THROUGH EACH OF THE DEPARTMENTS' UNFUNDED BUDGET PRIORITIES AND THEN GOING THROUGH ANY ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE, INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BUDGET.

OKAY.

GOOD FOR IT.

WILL, WILL THAT WORK? YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO WE'VE GOT A SECOND.

THERE'S NO DISCUSSION.

IS THERE ANY, ANYTHING ELSE BEFORE WE VOTE ON THE FIRE UNFUNDED BUDGET PRIORITIES? OH, DO WE HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER ON THE BUDGET? YES.

I THINK THIS IS FOR THE DPS ITEM.

YEP.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO, OKAY.

SO WITH THAT WE'LL TAKE A VOTE ON FIRE, UM, UNFUNDED BUDGET PRIORITIES, UM, TO RECOMMEND.

COMMISSIONER ORR? YES.

COMMISSIONER HALL MARTIN? YES.

COMMISSIONER PENYA? YES.

COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ.

YES.

.

COMMISSIONER KOFF? YES.

COMMISSIONER WYNN? YES.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES? YES.

COMMISSIONER SMITH.

1, 2, 3.

I'M GONNA PLAY IT SAFE.

SORRY TEAM.

I'M JUST TRYING TO GET ETHICS ON THE PHONE SO I'M NOT SURE IF THERE'S ANYONE IN THE BUILDING, BUT I HELPED PUT TOGETHER THE COMMUNITY BUDGET, SO I'M NOT SURE IF I SHOULD RECUSE MYSELF OR NOT.

SO CONSIDERING THIS IS MY FIRST MEETING, I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND