Safety & Public Works Committee, November 2017

November 27th, 2017  |  Published in Observer Reports

Safety & Public Works Committee
Nov. 3, 2017

Present: Council members Nancy Moore, Tres Roeder, Julianna Senturia, and Anne Williams; citizen member Austin McGuan; CAO Jeri Chaikin; Director of Public Works Patricia Speese; Chief of Police Jeffrey N. DeMuth; Battalion Fire Chief James Heath; Mayor Earl Leiken

Ms. Senturia called the meeting to order at 7:34 a.m. The minutes of the Oct. 6, 2017, meeting were approved as submitted.

The first two items were recommended for approval and sent to the Finance Committee:

1. Chief DeMuth requested the transfer of $35,250 of Police “Personal Service” funds to Police “Other” funds to pay for one year of a three-year agreement for support and maintenance of new TAC public safety software. The new software conforms to that used by the newly instituted Regional Dispatch Center members, and it’s used by 45 of the 57 law enforcement agencies in the county.

2.  Chief DeMuth requested acceptance and appropriation of $9,500 from the Cuyahoga County OVI [Operating a Vehicle Impaired] Task Force for use toward additional traffic enforcement patrols. Shaker Heights has received these grants since 2013, enabling assignment of officers to traffic enforcement details at no cost to the taxpayers. Chief DeMuth noted that about 50 percent of traffic-related arrests are from incidents reported by residents.

Battalion Chief of Fire James Heath presented an updated Cuyahoga County All Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan for 2017-2022. Adoption of the plan will expedite the city’s eligibility for federal disaster mitigation funding should a disaster occur within the Shaker Heights boundaries. The plan conforms to FEMA criteria and focuses on prevention, not aftermath. Situations covered in the plan include natural disasters, shooters, and civil disobedience. The plan may be previewed at

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 a.m.
Linda Lissauer

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