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SE MN Regional Radio Users GroupTuesday, February 24, 20096:30pm – 8:00pmMayo High School Cafeteria, Rochester, MN 


Attendance: Quorum present   (22 persons attending) 

Members present:


Rick Eggert, Dodge County

Dan Stensrud, Dodge County

Donovan Hauge, Mayo-EMS Freeborn

Darren Hansen, Albert Lea Police

Jeff McCormick, Cannon Falls Police

Joel Corcoran, Winona Fire

Mike Peterson, Winona Co PSAP

Lyle Peterson, St. Charles Fire

Melissa Burns, Rochester

Eric Kerska, Rochester Fire

Tim Herhoff, Rochester Police

Dave Augastine, North Ambulance

Bruce Heitmann, Zumbro Falls Fire

Blaine Hentz, Wabasha Sheriff

Lyle Schumann, Lake City Police

Brenda Wodele, Wabasha Co Emergency Management

Danny Neuzil, Spring Grove Fire

Rick Freshwater, Olmsted Sheriff

Dan Mueller, Mayo-Olmsted

Jack Stansfield, Olmsted Co Public Works

Terry Waletzki, Olmsted Co Emergency Management

Josh Crafton 

  Agenda Details: 

1.      Call Meeting to Order at 6:35pm 

2.      Mark Darnell – update on Regional Radio Board (RRB) actions         

A.    Train the TrainerAgencies need to identify what their training needs will be with respect to having trainers within their agency.  As  Counties come on to the ARMOR system, they will be trained.  However agencies need to have internal trainers to handle new hires and updates for trainings.  The RRB will provide train the trainer classes. 

B.    Reimbursement for mileageThe RRB has approved providing reimbursement for mileage to persons whose expenses are not being paid by an agency.  Persons who drive an agency vehicle to meetings are not eligible for reimbursement.  Reimbursement will be made twice a year, and the forms to submit will be provided at that time.  Mileage reimbursement is available starting the February 24th meeting.  Previous meetings are not eligible for reimbursement.   

C.    Plain SpeakThe RRB accepted the recommendation of the use group on plain speak with a couple of 10-code exceptions.  It was pointed out that some of the grant funding has the requirements that 10 code usage be eliminated.  It is suggested that 10 codes be phased out over the next few years, as it relates to interoperability.  An agency can still use 10 codes among its users, but it was reminded that we train like we play and that the use of 10 codes if used daily may be used in issues of interoperability.  As such it may be better to slowly move towards full plain speak and create new ways of handling situations where 10 codes are used. 

3.   County Level Assessment         

Each County should identify with whom they communicate.  This information was requested at the very first meeting, but only a couple were turned back in.  This information will be helpful in determining interoperability issues to make sure are addressed as Counties that move to 800 MHz need to be able to communicate with agencies around them in other Counties.  

4.      New Business

A.     Tim Heroff – Explained that there is 1 million to assist dispatch centers to determine the best way to maintain interoperability.  The important item is that individual dispatch centers will have assistance in addressing this issue.

B.    Rick Freshwater – Advised that Motorola does not appear to have an interest in developing a pager for 800 MHz networks.  That means that in the near to mid future agencies will likely have to update their pagers to be in compliance with narrow banding in 2013.

C.    Mark Darnell – Provided basic information on the TIC (Tactical Interoperability Communication) Plan.  The TIC plan is being undertaken by the State and will a phased project.  It is expected that the SE MN area will be studied in August 2009. 

4.      Adjourned at 7:26pm   Next Meeting:           

When:    Tuesday March 24, 2009   

Time:    6:30pm – 8:00pm

Place:           TBD     

Minutes prepared by: Jeff McCormick

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