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    Posted: Mar 24 2017 at 10:39am
Mr. Hickman proposed having a Public Safety Committee meeting once per month. It was the
consensus of the Committee to begin holding a Public Safety Committee meeting at 6:00 p.m. on
the second Tuesday of every month beginning in April.

Source: City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council
March 10, 2017

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City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council
April 11, 2017

The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 6:05 p.m. on April 11, 2017, in the Council
Library located at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio.

Present were: Todd Hickman, Council Member; Keith Funk, Council Member; William J.
Brock, City Manager/City Engineer; and Angela S. Wasson, Clerk of Council/Assistant to the
City Manager.

Mr. Hickman suggested having a monthly Public Safety Committee meeting so they can discuss
what is happening within the police and fire departments.

Mr. Brock reported that Mrs. Rubin is gathering information on an option she would like to
present to for safety services, including how to continue to pay for the additional seven
firefighters when the grant runs out in two years.

Mr. Hickman pointed out that the question of being able to afford the additional firefighters was
specifically asked during a Council meeting. Mr. Brock replied that the City could afford it, but
at the expense of not making park or other capital improvements.

Mr. Hickman felt that adding on to the existing City Building for the police department would be
cheaper than a separate facility. The addition could even include two stories. Mr. Funk noted it
would be interesting to see the figures for this type of construction.

Mr. Hickman advised he has heard negative responses about the new colors of the cruisers and
doesn’t want to militarize our police force.

For future meetings, Mr. Brock commented that it would be good for staff to know what to bring.
Chief Centers would like to continue the discussion on mutual dispatching for fire only.
Mr. Hickman questioned increasing taxes after being told we had the funds to keep the additional
staff.

Mr. Funk agreed that is an income tax increase is a hard sell and property tax is easier.
The Public Safety Committee meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Angela S. Wasson, CMC
Clerk of Council
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City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council
July 11, 2017

The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 6:00 p.m. on July 11, 2017, in the Council Library located
at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio.

Present were: Council Member Keith Funk; Council Member Todd Hickman; City Manager/City Engineer
William J. Brock; Deputy Clerk of Council Deana England, and Police Chief Robert Buchanan.
Chief Buchanan stated that he would like direction from the committee in regards to a grant application
for an additional K-9. The grant would cover the purchase of the additional K-9. The cities current K-9
(Helix) is in year four of his career. Typically, a K-9 is active for eight years and then is retired to its
handler.

Mr. Hickman noted that although the grant covers the cost of the K-9, the city would likely be obligated
to allocate additional finds and asked what those may be.

Chief Buchanan stated that the city would have to cover the cost for an additional K-9 unit and training
of an additional K-9 Officer. The training process typically takes one year to complete. The current K-9
Unit works a swing shift covering nighttime hours. The additional unit would cover hours during the day.
Mr. Funk stated that he would like to see data that would show the use of the current K-9 and calls
during day hours that require K-9 response.

Chief Buchanan stated that he could obtain data and would present the committee as soon as possible.
Mr. Hickman stated that he did not believe that an additional K-9 is needed until the current K-9 (Helix)
was ready to retire.

Mr. Hickman stated that he would support applying for the grant funds if after the new K-9 and officer
completed training, the Police Department would then retire the current K-9 (Helix).
Mr. Hickman asked what employees currently drive city owned vehicles home at the end of their shift
and stated that he was informed that there is no current policy on the use of city owned vehicles.
Mr. Brock informed Mr. Hickman of the employees that were permitted to drive city owned vehicles
home.

Mr. Brock stated that there is a policy on the use of city owned vehicles and that he would provide that
policy to Mr. Hickman.

Mr. Hickman asked Chief Buchanan if the police officers currently carry and administer Narcan.
Chief Buchanan stated that the officers do not, and does not see a need at this time due to considering
the timely response from EMS units. 
The Public Safety Committee of Council adjourned at 6:28 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Deana England
Deputy Clerk of Council
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City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council

May 9, 2017
The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 5:45 p.m. on May 9, 2017, in the Council
Library located at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio.

Present were: Council Member Dan Clark; Council Member Keith Funk; Council Member Todd
Hickman; City Manager/City Engineer William J. Brock; and Assistant to the City
Manager/Clerk of Council Angela S. Wasson.

Mr. Hickman asked if there was a gang problem in Monroe and Mr. Brock advised there was not.
Mr. Clark asked if a consensus has been reached on the police department
extension/construction. Mr. Brock explained that additional analysis is needed.
Mr. Funk noted that there is a savings to build on because you do not have the expense of land
acquisition. Mr. Hickman agreed.

Mr. Brock advised that the there will be presentations on levies and proposed income tax
increases discussed at future Council meetings to address the addition of a police building and
other future needs of the City.

The Public Safety Committee of Council adjourned at 6:22 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Angela S. Wasson, CMC
Clerk of Council
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City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council July 11, 2017
The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 6:00 p.m. on July 11, 2017, in the Council Library 
located at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio.

Present were: Council Member Keith Funk; Council Member Todd Hickman; City Manager/City Engineer 
William J. Brock; Deputy Clerk of Council Deana England, and Police Chief Robert Buchanan.
Chief Buchanan stated that he would like direction from the committee in regards to a grant 
application for an additional K-9. The grant would cover the purchase of the additional K-9. The 
cities current K-9 (Helix) is in year four of his career. Typically, a K-9 is active for eight 
years and then is retired to its handler.
Mr. Hickman noted that although the grant covers the cost of the K-9, the city would likely be 
obligated to allocate additional finds and asked what those may be.
Chief Buchanan stated that the city would have to cover the cost for an additional K-9 unit and 
training of an additional K-9 Officer. The training process typically takes one year to complete. 
The current K-9 Unit works a swing shift covering nighttime hours. The additional unit would cover 
hours during the day.
Mr. Funk stated that he would like to see data that would show the use of the current K-9 and calls 
during day hours that require K-9 response.
Chief Buchanan stated that he could obtain data and would present the committee as soon as 
possible.
Mr. Hickman stated that he did not believe that an additional K-9 is needed until the current K-9 
(Helix) was ready to retire.
Mr. Hickman stated that he would support applying for the grant funds if after the new K-9 and 
officer completed training, the Police Department would then retire the current K-9 (Helix).
Mr. Hickman asked what employees currently drive city owned vehicles home at the end of their shift 
and stated that he was informed that there is no current policy on the use of city owned vehicles.
Mr. Brock informed Mr. Hickman of the employees that were permitted to drive city owned vehicles 
home.
Mr. Brock stated that there is a policy on the use of city owned vehicles and that he would provide 
that policy to Mr. Hickman.
Mr. Hickman asked Chief Buchanan if the police officers currently carry and administer Narcan.
Chief Buchanan stated that the officers do not, and does not see a need at this time due to 
considering
the timely response from EMS units.

The Public Safety Committee of Council adjourned at 6:28 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Deana England
Deputy Clerk of Council

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City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council August 8, 2017
The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 6:04 p.m. on August 8, 2017, in the Council Library 
located at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio.

Present were: Todd Hickman, Council Member; Keith Funk, Council Member; William J. Brock, City 
Manager/City Engineer; Robert Buchanan, Chief of Police, and Angela S. Wasson, Assistant to the 
City Manager/Clerk of Council.

Chief Buchanan reported that Lieutenant Chasteen provided a summary of what occurred relative to 
the calls coming in for fireworks. He listened to the 9-1-1 calls himself and the actions taken by 
the dispatcher and other employees. Chief Buchanan noted that they did not break protocol, but 
could have done a better job.

Mr. Brock advised that a meeting is being planned to meet with the residents and a police sergeant 
that lives in the area.

Mr. Funk stated that you are always going to have fireworks enthusiasts with neighbors that are not 
that type of people.

Mr. Brock advised there were 13 calls and equaled out to 10 minutes per call. Mr. Funk asked if he 
listed the times per call.

Mr. Brock questioned where the City would store explosives if we started taking people’s fireworks.

Mr. Hickman indicated that we should dispatch officers to the calls and not say anything else. Mr. 
Funk commented that City-wide customer service is important. Mr. Brock agreed that the officer 
needed to react better than he did.

Mr. Hickman stated that we need to meet and if we get a call we should respond. Mr. Funk 
recommended that they talk through how to react and they need to be prepared for what they are 
going to do. Mr. Funk asked if Fire had calls or runs related to fireworks and Mr. Brock replied 
that they did not.

Mr. Hickman asked if we talked to those people that set off the fireworks. Mr. Brock indicated they 
have not, but felt it was important to talk to everyone in the neighborhood.

The Public Safety Committee meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Angela S. Wasson  , CMC
Clerk of Council

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City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council October 4, 2017
The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 5:30 p.m. on October 4, 2017, in the City Manager’s 
conference room located at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio.

Present were: Todd Hickman, Council Member; Dan Clark, Council Member; William J. Brock, City 
Manager/City Engineer; Robert Buchanan, Chief of Police; and Angela S. Wasson, Assistant to the 
City Manager/Clerk of Council.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the School Resource Officer for the Monroe Local School 
District and Butler Technology and Career Development Schools.

Mr. Clark asked where the Butler Tech hours are spent and Chief Buchanan advised they are at the 
Natural Science Center on State Route 63.

Mr. Hickman asked where the numbers in the proposed agreements came from. Mr. Brock replied that 
under the old agreement it was based on 100% only during the time the School Resource Officer was 
at the school.

Chief Buchanan advised that without a School Resource Officer the Department would be sending 
someone to the school a lot, which means pulling them off of the road.

Mr. Clark agrees with the partnership aspect.

Mrs. Wasson distributed a draft agreement, based on the direction of the City Manager, wherein the 
School would pay 50% of the total cost that is prorated based on the time at the School and Butler 
Tech, an automatic one-year renewal, and an annual increase of three percent.

Mr. Hickman pointed out that the 50% would have to be recalculated with every change and asked if 
the increase could be equal to that of what the officer receives under the Collective Bargaining 
Agreement. Mr. Hickman prefers that this agreement be reviewed every year and not have an automatic 
renewal.

Mr. Clark and Mr. Hickman agreed that the language should be amended to reflect a specific amount, 
change the increase to reflect the actual increase of the officer, and eliminate the automatic 
renewal.

Mr. Hickman asked where the Department was on hiring. Chief Buchanan advised that he has one 
dispatcher leaving and two are in training. He is at the maximum of full time officers of 30 and 
has one reserve.

Mr. Hickman asked if the Fire Department was at full staff as he un erstood the City was over the
permitted staff numbers at one time.  Mr. Brock will look into that.

Mr. Clark asked how the body cameras are working and Chief Buchanan advised that they are working 
well and in the process of putting together a records retentions schedule.

Chief Buchanan reported that they are sending in their application for accreditation next year. He 
noted that the proposed levy will dictate if the Department is able to move forward.

In reference to the regional transit, Mr. Hickman stated that he spoke with employees at Cincinnati 
Premium Outlets and they did not want to take the bus. Mr. Brock advised that Cincinnati Premium 
Outlets did not want the bus at their location.

The Public Safety Committee meeting adjourned at 6:14 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,


Angela S. Wasso  , CMC
Clerk of Council

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City of Monroe
Public Safety Committee of Council October 24, 2017
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 6:16 p.m. on October 24, 2017, in the Council Library 
located at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio.

Present were: Todd Hickman, Council Member; Dan Clark, Council Member; and Angela S. Wasson, Clerk 
of Council/Assistant to the City Manager.

Referencing the upcoming joint meeting with City Council and the Board of Education of the Monroe 
Local School District, Mr. Hickman questioned if a combined school and police facility will be 
discussed.  Previous discussions about a joint facility for vehicle repairs was mentioned.

Mr. Clark noted that the status of the police facility will depend on the outcome of the proposed 
income tax increase on the ballot.

Mr. Hickman mentioned a possible hiring freeze. Mr. Clark pointed out that the State Police Chief’s 
Association indicated that the police are fully staffed. He agreed that if the income tax does not 
pass it will be something that needs to be looked into. Mr. Clark noted that the police are at the 
mall a lot and wondered about the possible need for a joint fire/police station near the mall.

They both agreed that there will be an increase in calls and traffic when Amazon moves in. The 
Public Safety Committee meeting adjourned at 6:24 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,


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Clerk of Council

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Corrected meeting minutes per Angela Wasson

City of Monroe Public Safety Committee of Council 
October 24, 2017 
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio 

The Public Safety Committee of Council met at 6:16 p.m. on October 24, 2017, in the Council Library located at 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio. 

Present were: Todd Hickman, Council Member; Dan Clark, Council Member; and Angela S. Wasson, Clerk of Council/Assistant to the City Manager. 

Referencing the upcoming joint meeting with City Council and the Board of Education of the Monroe Local School District, Mr. Hickman questioned if a combined school and police facility will be discussed. Previous discussions about a joint facility for vehicle repairs was mentioned. Mr. Clark noted that the status of the police facility will depend on the outcome of the proposed income tax increase on the ballot. 

Mr. Hickman mentioned a possible hiring freeze. Mr. Clark pointed out that the State Police Chief’s Association indicated that the police are not fully staffed. He agreed that if the income tax does not pass it will be something that needs to be looked into. Mr. Clark noted that the police are at the mall a lot and wondered about the possible need for a joint fire/police station near the mall. They both agreed that there will be an increase in calls and traffic when Amazon moves in. 

The Public Safety Committee meeting adjourned at 6:24 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Angela S. Wasson, CMC Clerk of Council
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