700 MHz Regional Planning Committee

Convener’s Meeting

May 22, 2002

9:00 AM-12 Noon

JR Williams Bldg., West Conference Room, Boise, ID

 

CALL TO ORDER, WELCOME

 

Dodie Linder, 700 MHz Convener, called the meeting to order, welcomed attendees and introduced Convener’s Meeting coordinators, followed by attendee introductions and their purpose for attending the meeting.

 

ATTENDANCE

PAM

AHRENS

DIRECTOR

DEPT OF ADMINISTRATION

CARMEN

BOEGER

DISPATCH SUPERVISOR

NAMPA PD

ROGER

CLARK

785-1235

BLACKFOOT PD

ROYCE

CLEMENTS

LIEUTENANT

IDAHO FALLS PD

BRENT

COLLIER

SENIOR SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR

BOISE (BOISE CASCADE)

KEVIN

COURTNEY

FIRE CHIEF

STAR FIRE DEPT

RICHARD B

DAVIES

ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF

NAMPA FIRE DEPT

GARY

DAY

CAPTAIN

IDAHO FALLS FIRE DEPT

JOHN

DOTSON

MAJOR

BLACKFOOT PD

ALLEN

DUDDLES

CONSULTANT

REPRESENTING MICRON TECHNOLOGY

BRITT

DURFEE

SHERIFF

VALLEY CSO

MIKE

ELLE

CAPTAIN/PARAMEDIC

KETCHUM FIRE DEPT

EDWARD

EMMEL

COMMUNICATION MANAGER

CITY OF BOISE

BEN

ESTES

FIRE CHIEF

POCATELLO FIRE DEPT

VERNON (BUD)

FISHER

FIRE CHIEF

CITY OF WEISER

DON

FOURNIER

ITRMC IT POLICY ANALYST

IDAHO DEPT OF ADMINISTRATION

DON

FURU

CAPTAIN

POCATELLO PD

DENNIS

GODFREY

DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

CARIBOU COUNTY

SANDRA

HARRIS

 OPERATIONS SUPPORT

IDAHO DEPT OF ADMINISTRATION

MATTHEW

HOWARTH

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

MOTOROLA

LEN

HUMPHRIES

DEPUTY

FREMONT CSO

HAL

IVERSON

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

AIR ST LUKES

DOUGLAS

JOHNSTON

COMM MANAGER

KOOTENAI CNTY  911

DANIEL

JULLION

SECURITY SYSTEMS SUPERVISOR

FACILITIES SERVICES

DAVID

LANGHORST

AREA MANAGER, KENWOOD COMM

MCLAUGHLIN-LONG MARKETING

DODIE

LINDER

CONVENER / MGMT. ASST.

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

MARK

LOCKWOOD

CHIEF

SANDPOINT PD

JAMES

MILLER

CONSULTANT

LAFFINWELL CREEK COMMS

JOHN

MILLER

INTERESTED PARTY

BOISE

KIRBY

ORTIZ

OWNER

GEM STATE COMMUNICATIONS

STANLEY

PASSEY

COMM MANAGER

IDAHO STATE POLICE

JAMES

PRICE

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

STATE OF IDAHO-MICROWAVE SERVICES

JIM

PRINDEL

DIST SALES MANAGER

M/A-COM, INC.

ERIC

PROCTOR

TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

USDA FOREST SERVICE

GENE

RAMSEY

CHIEF DEPUTY

BLAINE CSO

BETTE

RINEHART

REGULATORY AFFAIRS MANAGER

MOTOROLA

DOTY

ROBBINS

PUBLIC SAFETY COMM. SPECIALIST

LEWISTON PD

JOE

ROCHE

ADMINISTRATOR DITCS

STATE OF IDAHO-DEPT OF ADMINISTRATION

V M

SANDERS

DEPUTY CHIEF

BANNOCK CSO

RAY

SCHELLEKENS

SALES AGENT

M/A-COM, INC.

LESTER

SHADDUCK

COMM. LOGISTICS SUPPORT MANAGER

ADA CNTY SD

STEVE

STEINER

IT SENIOR NETWORK ANALYST

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

TOM

THOMPSON

MAJOR

IDAHO STATE POLICE

SHARON

ULLMAN

 

ADA CNTY COMMISSIONER

THOR

WIEGMAN

 

BONNER COUNTY

PAUL

WILDE

CAPTAIN

BONNEVILLE CNTY SD

 

Linder reviewed Roberts Rules, Recording, the Meeting Overview & Purpose, the Collaborative Process, Eligible voting members, the Nomination committee, RPC grant monies, the 700MHz website, and Interoperability Challenges & Strategies with the Committee.  An interoperability video was shown titled, “Why Can’t We Talk”.

 

Linder then turned the meeting over to Passey who provided a brief background on past & current public safety communications activities, and the current Trunked-Radio feasibility study being conducted by Booz-Allen through the Public Safety Wireless Network Program (PSWN), for the State of Idaho Trunked Radio Subcommittee. 

 

Passey introduced Bette Rinehart , Regulatory Affairs Specialist for Motorola.  Rinehart provided a presentation to the Committee on the history of the 700 MHz

Allocation, the specifics of what the region needs to do to begin the regional planning process, and the status of digital television influence on the spectrum.

 

Linder reviewed the election process with the Committee, then a 20-minute break was taken. 

 

The committee reconvened and opened nominations for Chair of the Regional Planning Committee.  Jullion nominated Passey, Thompson seconded the nomination.  Passey accepted.  Passey nominated Shadduck; declined.  Passey nominated Johnston; declined.  Thompson moved that nominations be closed, seconded by Shadduck.

 

Eligible voting members cast their ballots and ballots were collected and reviewed by Linder, Harris and Price.  The vote was unanimous.  Stan Passey was elected Chair of the RPC and took charge for the rest of the meeting.  Doug Johnston was asked to be Vice Chair, he accepted.  Dodie Linder was asked to be the Secretary/Treasurer.  She accepted.

 

Passey called for volunteers to serve on three Standing Committees, the results follow:

 

Implementation/Outreach Standing Committee:

Doty Robbins                         Lewiston Police Dept.                      (Chair)

Paul Wilde                             Bonneville County Sheriff’s Dept.

Kevin Courtney                      Star Fire Dept.

Sharon Ullman                       Ada County Commissioner

Thompson suggested that John Cline, Director of the Bureau of Disaster Services, be asked to participate on the committee

 

Technical Standing Committee:

Ed Emmel                              City of Boise                                      (Chair)

Jim Price                                Idaho Department of Administration

Gary Day                                Idaho Falls Fire Dept.

Len Humphries                      Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

Thor Wiegman                       Bonner County

Matt Howarth                         Motorola

Les Shadduck                       Ada County Sheriff’s Dept

Jim Prindle                             M/A-COM

 

Interoperability Standing Committee:

Ben Wolfinger                        Kootenai County SO/City of Coeur d’Alene    (Chair)

Jim Prindle                             M/A-COM

Mark Lockwood                    Sandpoint Police Dept.

Don Furu                                Pocatello Police Dept.

Paul Wilde                             Bonneville County Sheriff’s Dept. 

Gary Day                                Idaho Falls Fire Dept.

Richard Davies                     Nampa Fire Dept.

David Langhorst                    McLaughlin-Long Marketing

Doty Robbins                         Lewiston Police Dept.

Matt Howarth                         Motorola

Ron Vogt                                Ada County Sheriff’s Dept.

Thompson suggested that John Cline be asked to participate on the committee

 

Passey asked that everyone present take a few minutes to review the draft By-Laws.

 

Estes asked to amend Article 2.8 B.  Reasonable and Sufficient notice.  He suggested that it be changed to read “…send notice by mail at least 30 days or by e-mail/facsimile at least 30 days before the meeting…”.

 

Price asked to amend  Article 2.8 A.  Annual meetings.  He suggested that the next Annual Meeting be held one year from this meeting day, on or about May 22, 2003.

 

Roche suggested, since there are several members present from the Dept of Administration, that Jim Price be the voting member from the Department of Administration.

 

Thompson asked to consider Article 2.8 A  Annual Meeting.  He suggested that the annual meetings be held at varying locations around the State. 

 

Passey opened discussion concerning Article 2.9 Quorum.  What should define a quorum—percentage or number?  Thompson suggested that using voting members as a base (the number will grow), 15-20 members be considered a quorum.  Shadduck suggested that the number be two (2) officers plus 20 voting members.  Wolfinger made a motion to establish a quorum at twenty voting members (20) and a majority of the officers (2).  Thompson seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Day asked to amend Article 2.6  Annual Meeting.  He motioned that the annual meetings be held in North Idaho for the years 2003, 2006, 2009, in Southwest Idaho for the years 2002, 2005, 2008, and in Southeast for the years 2004, 2007, and 2010.  Shadduck seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Day motioned to accept the by-laws as amended.  Ullman seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Passey told the committee he will be contacting the chairs of the Standing Committees to begin the process of establishing a draft plan.

 

Questions

 

Price asked why the need for 700 MHz?  Passey explained that the major crises of late have brought to the forefront the inability for public safety responders to communicate among each other without many differing frequencies.  Idaho needs to start the process of interoperability now based upon spectrum allocation by the Federal Communications Committee (FCC).

 

Wilde asked how we can protect the frequencies that we already have and if 700 MHz will work in geographically challenged areas? Passey informed the committee that  issues are being study right now.  Passey told the committee that 700MHz may provide an opportunity to move to a model that will interface with current frequencies and address geographic challenges of the state.  Passey addressed how current frequencies can be protected.  He told the committee Congress has mandated to the Federal Communications Commission that they provide spectrum to public safety.   Passey doubts there will be any “auctioning off of frequencies” that Congress has told the states to maintain.

 

Harris mentioned that there are public safety licenses throughout the state that are expiring and not being renewed by the holder due to lack of maintenance.  She recommended that public safety entities take an accounting of the status of their frequencies 

 

Passey mentioned APCO’s lobbying the FCC to keep the frequencies currently in use, for public safety.  Wilde pointed to the Nextel/800MHz issue.  Rinehart recommended monitoring the actions of the FCC, and taking a position as the Region 12 Regional Planning Committee when an opposite one presents itself.  Price informed the group that statewide APCO chapters are the voice of public safety communication to the federal decision makers and Idaho needs a stronger presence.

 

Sanders asked if the FCC refarming requires users to move to 12.5KHz.  Passey responded that refarming was conducted with economics in mind, but no one will be forced to move off their frequencies.   Passey mentioned Rule 81, which stipulates that licenses will only be given for 12.5 KHz in specific frequencies.

 

Thompson moved that the meeting be adjourned.  Jullion seconded.

Meeting was adjourned at 12:05 PM.