• October 20, 2014

Departments submit wish lists to council

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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

Copperas Cove municipal departments laid out for the City Council on Tuesday several new purchases planned for the city’s $53 million 2013-2014 budget.

During a presentation, department heads explained $310,573 in additions to the 2013-2014 fiscal year operating cost compared to the 2012-13 year.

The fire department had the largest increase for proposed funding requests at $115,561. Among them, however, was the cost of employing an additional firefighter to balance out the shifts.

“Each shift will be manned with 15 (firefighters) per shift,” said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Ramminger.

Every three days, just 14 firefighters work a shift, Ramminger said. Adding the firefighter will make scheduling easier and decrease overtime by making more people available to cover when people are at training.

Training, equipment and incentive pay also were in the fire department’s proposed funded budget.

Equipment ranged from tablets with broadband services to digital cameras and weather radios.

Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Mike Fleming said the tablets will help the department move to a paperless system much like the rest of the city.

Reports will be able to be completed on the tablets, and they can be used on fire scenes to help command crews, said the other deputy chiefs.

The next largest change to the budget was the Human Resources Department with $60,890 in additions. According to the proposed budget, reasons for the increase in expenditures were an additional part-time benefit clerk at a salary of about $10,000, wellness incentives for employees at $25,000, and other costs for evaluating and rewarding employees and volunteers.

During the 2013-2014 year, the city will conduct its every-other- year volunteer reception, said Kelli Sames, the human resources director.

The police department requested $67,132 in increased changes to the proposed budget, but the City Council removed the department’s largest new request — $55,000 slated for the demolition of an old police station.

The council suggested waiting until the city was ready to demolish Fire Station No. 2 for a possible cost savings.

Other items in the police department’s operating budget included a GPS tracking device, digital cameras and traffic cones.

On the police department’s wish list is a $135,000 scan station, which would take digital images and re-create a crime scene that investigators can use.

“This is an enhancement that goes on our current system,” Police Chief Tim Molnes said, noting it can be used inside instead of just outside.

The device can scan a whole crime scene that would usually take detectives several hours to do, Molnes said.

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