“She said several council members are also concerned that
the money used to pay for SREC operations, which comes from a one-tenth of 1%
tax Spokane County voters passed in 2017, is only designated for new radios and
You are exactly correct Council Member Stratton, but it goes
well beyond that from the standpoint of how taxpayers dollars are spent,
including how much money to date has been spent by SREC (Formerly SPOCOM)
including the amount spent to lay the cables to the proposed new sight and the
staffing costs of SREC/SPOCOM.
One of my many character flaws is that I get very suspicious
when a government organization supported by taxpayers dollars changes its name.
Ooops…Brandi Peetz missed yet another meeting…who would have
Anyone who took the time to go back and study all the
minutes of SREC/SPOCOM would easily identify that it has been a CLUSTER from
the beginning, and there is no accounting of where they have spent all of our
Anyone with any sense before making any decisions, including laying off staff like Teresa Sanders and Mayor Condon have done would request that an audit of SREC/SPOCOM be done which very easily could be a predictor of how tax dollars would be spent for an emergency communications center by the same people who entirely control SREC/SPOCOM.
“Stratton said she also is concerned that there may not be
enough money from the tax to pay for the communication centers and emergency
communications infrastructure long-term.”
Exactly right Council Member, but how could you possibly
project long-term costs when you don’t have a clue because of all the secrecy
of what the costs of this CLUSTER will be in the next two years let alone “long-term”?
SOME MORE BACKGROUND:
“Reinke recently retired as the director of the Deschutes
County 911 Service District, where police officers have faced emergency communication
issues for months after the county switched from an old radio system to a new
digital system. Police filed an Occupational Safety and Health complaint in
December, saying the new system performed so poorly it was putting lives at
One would think that Steve Reinke who is the Executive
Director at Spokane Regional Emergency Communications would want to show up
during Spokane City Council Study Sessions when SREC/SPOCOM is a topic for
study…but he doesn’t and the study sessions and the input is limited to Mayor
Condon, Teresa Sanders, and of course Gavin Cooley (Affectionately known around
City Hall as GFG).
Why doesn’t Reinke show up? Maybe it is because the CC might ask some tough questions?
Of Course, SREC/SPOCOM and Reinke made it very plain to the
City Council that they don’t want the City Council to know anything or representation
from elected officials other then of course…hold your horses…their “subject matter expert” Ozzie Knezovich.
Mayor Condon, Teresa Sanders,
as well as Chief Brian Collins would just love to have the public and the City
Council believe that all the Fire Chiefs are on board with everything
SREC/SPOCOM does, but nothing could be further from the truth. As a matter of
fact the Inland Empire Fire Chiefs Association, is not on board with everything
SREC/SPOCOM is doing and want any questions the City Council might have for
them to go directly through them unfiltered by SREC/SPOCOM apparently because
of some issues with trust.
There is absolutely no question in my mind that this entire
taxpayer funded CLUSTER is being pushed by the Spokane County Commissioners with
the assistance of Mayor David Condon, who by the way will be looking for
another job pretty soon (County Commissioner?), Teresa Sanders, GFG, and a “subject matter expert”.
“I want someone who has a full understanding of a
metro-policing model,” Condon said. “I think this is a good time to relaunch
Apparently Mayor Condon learned nothing from his stupid
hiring of Frank Straub.
Let me just also add to this quote from Lori Kinnear in Rebecca White’s story.
“In theory, we all agree that integration is a good idea,
but the devil is in the details,” Kinnear said.
Will you ever get up to speed on Public Safety Issues?
If the City Council doesn’t do something to slow this
freight train down it will be the inevitable CLUSTER this summer right in the
middle of fire season, and ultimately be yet another burden on the taxpayer.