Finance Caucus - November 3rd 2014

MINUTES OF THE
FINANCE CAUCUS COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday, November 3, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Main Conference Room
Mayfield Village Civic Center

The Finance Caucus Committee meeting was held on Monday, November 3, 2014 in the Main Conference Room at Mayfield Village Civic Center.  Mr. Marquardt called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

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Present: Mr. Marquardt and Mr. Marrie

Also Present: Mrs. Mills, Mr. Jerome, Mr. Wynne, Chief Edelman, Mr. Metzung, Chief Carcioppolo, Mr. Thomas, Mr. DiNardo, Ms. Wolgamuth and Mrs. Betsa

1: Replacement Police Cars (3 – Greve – not to exceed $80,000).

Chief Edelman reported, we would like to replace three older police cars, two are 2011’s and one’s a 2003.  They are approaching the upper end of their usable mileage and I would like to replace them with Dodge Chargers. The not to exceed is because I did not get the actual quotes when I submitted this.  It is going to be closer to $72,000.

Mr. Marquardt asked, three of them?

Chief Edelman replied, yes.

Mr. Marquardt asked, that’s a lot, isn’t it?

Chief Edelman replied, usually we go either two or three.  Last year we didn’t get any cars. We got the one motorcycle.  This year, we are asking for three cars.  I will have the amount later in the week. I can e-mail them to you.

Mr. Marquardt stated, the next meeting is fine.

2: Employee healthcare and hospitalization coverage.

Mr. Wynne reported, this is on the special meeting for approval this evening.  If you recall, we met with representatives from the County probably 6 weeks ago. The increase they gave us for 2015 was 1 ½%.  The Task Force still went out to the marketplace and got competitive quoting from four carriers.  We received those results. Aetna, CIGNA and United Healthcare declined quoting on it altogether because they said there was no way they would be competitive with the pricing we were getting under the County plan with Medical Mutual.  Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield quoted it and their pricing was 13.3% above our County renewal rates.  So, the recommendation of the Task Force is to accept the renewal from the County plan at 1 ½%. 

Mr. Marquardt stated, that’s pretty good.

Mr. Wynne stated, and for the past two and a half years we have had no increase at all.

3: OPWC Loan Fund.

Mr. Wynne reported, this is the loan that the Village will be taking out as a result of the sewer project.  They approved our grant and loan. As part of the process, we have to pass a resolution informing the OPWC how we will be drawing down on the loan. We are telling them that instead of them paying part of it to the contractor and part of it to us, we are going to be paying the contractor as they invoice and we will be drawing down for reimbursement after we make the payment.

Mr. Marquardt asked, that’s going to be on regular Council?

Mr. Wynne replied, correct.

4: Geofeedia Contract for on-line investigative tool.

Chief Edelman reported, this is for our investigators.  It allows us to monitor social media based on location and keywords.  In other words, if we wanted to monitor suicide in the Mayfield area, we could enter the keyword and it would give us any public domain posts on Twitter, Facebook and any other social media and allow us to be proactive in our enforcement.

Mr. Marquardt stated, it sounds a little Big Brotherish.

Chief Edelman replied, it is. When I first heard about this, I reacted the same way, but this only monitors those that are in the public domain.  In other words, if anybody has a Facebook account and they make it private so only their friends could see it, then Geofeedia can’t see it either.

Mr. Marquardt stated, it still sounds like a fishing tool.

Chief Edelman replied, it may be, depending on what it’s used for.  It’s something that would not just be used for that purpose.  It’s more of a proactive tool. 

Mr. Marquardt stated, that’s a matter of interpretation.

Chief Edelman replied, it is, but it’s going to be up to me and the detective sergeant to make sure it’s not used improperly.

Mr. Marrie stated, and it could prevent problems. 

Mr. Jerome stated, after reading all of this, for $2,500, it’s not that much, not that expensive for what you are going to do with this.

Mr. Marquardt stated, I am not questioning the expense.  I’m just questioning the use of it, that’s all.

Chief Carcioppolo stated, you could also use it after an incident to find information.

Mr. Marquardt stated, sure.  Of course. That’s understandable.

Mr. Jerome stated, this is just saving the time.

Mr. Marquardt stated, I understand that.  It just makes it awfully convenient. There is a lot of noise going around about privacy. 

Chief Edelman stated, this isn’t a privacy issue.  If you have an account that’s private, then Geofeedia can’t see it.

Mr. Marquardt stated, I understand. There’s some discretion that needs to be incorporated in the use of this type of thing.

Chief Edelman replied, of course.  Like I said, it’s going to be up to me and the detective sergeant to make sure it’s not used improperly.

Mr. Marquardt stated, this will be on the agenda at the Finance Committee meeting and we will talk about it in a couple of weeks.

ANY OTHER MATTERS

Mr. Marquardt asked, any other matters?  There were none.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.  The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Conference Room. 

Respectfully submitted,

Mary E. Betsa, Clerk of Council