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Village of Buffalo Grove Board of Fire and Police Commissioners met September 16

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 11, 2019


Village of Buffalo Grove Board of Fire and Police Commissioners met Sept. 16.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

CALL TO ORDER and ROLL CALL:

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Kulwin in the Trustee Conference Room of Village Hall. Commissioner Dibbern called the roll and noted for the record that a quorum was present at the meeting. Present were Commissioners, Hartman, Dibbern and Kulwin. Commissioner Johnson was not present. Also, in attendance were Fire Chief Baker, Deputy Fire Chief Wagner, Management Analyst Grace, Police Chief Casstevens, HR Director Malinowski, Management Analyst Golbach, and Trustee Liaisons Stein and Smith. Guests in attendance were Ms. Valbhi Patel and Ms. Anahi Rodriguez.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

A. Commissioner Hartman made a motion to approve the minutes of the BFPC Regular Meeting of August 5, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Dibbern. Commissioners Hartman, Dibbern and Kulwin voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

A. Chairman Kulwin reported the swearing in of two new Police Officers. Officer Kreis and Officer

Lawyer are now in the academy.

B. Chairman Kulwin reported that he is leaving the BFPC as his wife has taken a new position in another state. He thanked all for their support during his time as Chair and it was his honor to serve the Village in this capacity.

COMMISSIONER’S REPORTS:

A. Commissioner Hartman reported that the Fire Department Open House was magnificent. A huge turnout and a great job done by the Fire Department.

CHIEF AND TRUSTEE REPORTS:

POLICE DEPARTMENT:

A. Chief Casstevens noted that the two new officers will be introduced to the Village Board the Board meeting later tonight.

B. Chief Casstevens noted that interviews were held with Lieutenants to see if there was interest in internal moves within the department. Lt. Anderson will be moving to staff support in January 2020 and Lt. Gretz will be moving to investigations in June 2020.

C. Chief Casstevens reported that Sgt. Shipman and Sgt. Horbus will be attending the Northwestern Police Staff and Command School. The program begins in September and will be completed in January, 2020.

D. Chief Casstevens reported that Officer Jonathan Officer and Officer Ashley Krozel have completed training and are now NIPAS certified.

E. Chief Casstevens reported that Deputy Chief Szos and Lt. Anderson have completed the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police – Certification of Police Chiefs’ Program. They are now designated as “Certified Eligible Police Chief”.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

A. Chief Baker noted one FF/PM is back to full duty and another FF/PM is on light duty for four weeks.

B. Chief Baker reported FF/PM Wright has completed the Fire Academy and is beginning his station orientation.

C. Chief Baker will be attending the Firefighter Memorial on September 21 in Colorado. FF/PM Hauber will be inducted.

D. Chief Baker noted that the Presidents of the International Association of Police and Fire Chiefs both hail from the State of Illinois. Congratulations to Chief Casstevens.

QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE: None

SPECIAL BUSINESS: None OLD BUSINESS:

A. The Firefighter/Paramedic Eligibility Register (Expiring June 20, 2019) has been exhausted. A new schedule has been proposed for review. November 16, 2019 has been proposed to conduct the orientation and written testing. Management Analyst Grace will contact the Park District to determine availability. The schedule will be developed once the orientation and testing date is secured.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Secretary Dibbern reviewed HB 2854 amending preference points for Firefighter/Paramedics. This bill created a hiring preference of up to 20 points (not mandatory) for a person who has performed fire suppression service for a department as a firefighter apprentice and otherwise meet the qualifications for original appointment as a firefighter. Requires the firefighter to have completed a minimum of 600 hours of specified fire suppression work in order to be considered for the preference points. Buffalo Grove does not have an apprentice program so this amendment does not apply.

B. Discussions were held on extending the CPAT validity date to one year. A motion was made by Commissioner Hartman, seconded by Commissioner Dibbern to require a valid CPAT issued within one year of orientation and written testing (increasing from six months). Commissioners Hartman, Dibbern and Kulwin voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

C. Discussions were held on the acceptance of CPAT cards. A motion was made by Commissioner Hartman, seconded by Commissioner Dibbern to accept a CPAT card from any licensed CPAT provider. Commissioners Hartman, Dibbern and Kulwin voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

D. Discussions were held on requiring candidates to have their EMT-B license to test for FF/PM. Discussions were held on adding 2.5 additional preference points for a NWCHEMSS Paramedic in good standing.

E. Discussions on personnel will be conducted in Executive Session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

A. A motion was made at 6:39 p.m. by Commissioner Hartman, seconded by Commissioner Dibbern, to move to Executive Session to discuss Section 2(C)(1) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act: the Appointment, Employment, Compensation, Discipline, Performance, or Dismissal of Specific Employees of the Public Body or Legal Counsel for the Public Body, Including Hearing Testimony on a Complaint Lodged Against an Employee of the Public Body or Against Legal Counsel for the Public Body to Determine its Validity. Commissioners Hartman, Dibbern and Kulwin voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

The Commission moved to Executive Session from 6:41 p.m. to 6:43 p.m.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION:

The open session resumed at 6:44 p.m.

FF/PM Candidate #26: Justin Baniqued. A motion was made by Commissioner Dibbern, seconded by Commissioner Hartman, to make a conditional offer of employment to FF/PM Candidate Baniqued. Commissioners Hartman, Dibbern and Kulwin voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

FF/PM Candidate #27: Dalton Slater. A motion was made by Commissioner Dibbern, seconded by Commissioner Hartman, to make a conditional offer of employment to FF/PM Candidate Slater. Commissioners Hartman, Dibbern and Kulwin voted against the motion. The motion failed.

ADJOURNMENT:

A motion was made by Commissioner Hartman, seconded by Commissioner Dibbern, to adjourn the meeting at 6:47p.m. All commissioners present voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

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