Eastern Tier Interoperability Consortium (ETIC)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 ▪ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
207 West Bell
Frank Datta, Wibaux County DES Coordinator
Denny Palmer, Richland County Sheriff’s Office
Alan Stempel, McCone County DES Coordinator
Tony Harbaugh, Custer County Sheriff
Doug Buxbaum, Dawson County
Rusty Jardee, Carter County Sheriff
Carol Hellyer, Garfield County DES Coordinator
Jim Skillestad, Dawson County Commissioner
John Blain, Powder River Sheriff
Chief Alan Michaels, Glendive Police Chief; ETIC Project Director
Norman Parrent, Montana DES
Sherry Evans, Northrop Grumman
Doug Buxbaum, Dawson County Commissioner
Butch Renders, Richland County DES
Bud Peterson, Custer County Fire
Tony Ackerman, Miles City Fire
Welcome, Introductions, and Minutes
President Denny Palmer called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Introductions were
made and the minutes from the last meeting were presented to the group. The minutes were
IMPD report (Chief Michaels)
Chief Michaels went to Helena to testify on the governor’s budget in the hopes of retaining the
$2 Million designated to the IM Project. It went very well. The money is still in jeopardy, has at
least one more hurdle to go through. The revenue that is expected to come in to the government
in the next year has dropped drastically. This state money is needed to be used for matching
money because you can’t use federal money as matching money for federal money. Also, it’s
good to have emergency moneys for items that can’t be paid out of federal money.
Finance Sub-Committee February 10th
There is some ‘05 money left so the finance committee needs to get it allocated out by the end of
March and paid out by the end of June. As for the ’06 money, the IM Project is making a request
for an extension on it so it will be in good shape. ’09 funding has been received and is before the
SAC committee for direction. There are three different pots of money with the biggest portion
being $3 million. This money was dedicated for the eastern portion of the state to finish the
backbone. Also this portion has money for a systems person. Another portion was for a
TRESAP – There were two locations submitted for the TrESAP money and Wing thinks the one
located in eastern Montana was chosen. The PSIC grant was also discussed and it is moving
Money at risk – Irene with Anderson ZurMuehlen gave an update that shows the project is doing
pretty well and most items are up-to-date. There is about $3,000 that hasn’t been rectified from
what Sheri Lanz shows but it’s really close.
Inventory - Need to complete an inventory on all the equipment that was purchased through the
project. The plan is to use CASM which is an inventory tracking system.
The State Money that was appropriated through the last legislature has yet to be spent. The
finance committee thought they had to have it spent by June of this year but were able to extend
out all but $405,000. The $405,000 was taken care of.
Roger Smith has accepted a position as a system administrator for the IM Project and will be
starting 3/2. Carl Hotvedt has been appointed acting bureau chief of PSSB.
Governance Committee – February 10
The Governance Committee discussed the Harris Stratex Contract for the sites in the Northern
Tier. The microwave has been up for a couple weeks now with no down time. They added a
couple MUXs to several sites which took care of the interference problems. The project needs to
make sure the microwave works right before it’s accepted.
Fleet Mapping Training – Keri O’Connell stepped down as head of the Fleet Mapping
Committee so need to get someone new to head this up. Fleet mapping classes are being
scheduled so that everyone can attend one. Everyone needs to know the protocols before the
system comes up.
The Sustainability Plan – The plan has been put on hold so that the committee can have some
public meetings to get better input. Denny gave it to his legislator so that they knew the project
is working on a plan. The IM Project received a 2009 Interoperability Emergency
Communication Grant Program (IECGP) based on population. Montana’s portion of the grant is
$243,000. This money will be used for funding the system administrator (Roger) and Fleet
IMPD – February 11
The DHS ‘08 money is dedicated to the eastern side of the backbone. Scott Bradford received a
notice from Senator Tester’s office that there is money available so he had Wing write a request
based on that southeastern ring. Northern Tier is operating pretty well and it won’t be long
before it goes live.
Report on Second Master Controller – Chief Michaels
The IMPD chose the site east of Glendive for the Second Master Zone Controller. Eastern Tier
gets to name the site. The name Belle Prairie Tower was chosen. A press release went out about
the site. The press release was reported by Emily Boyles on KXGN and it was in the Miles City
Star, but it never did show up at the Ranger Review.
Dan Sullivan with PSSB is researching to see what needs to be done for NEPA needs on the
Second Master Controller.
IMTC report – Butch Renders
Grants – IMTC is going to be developing standards for equipment and will be approving what
the money can be spent on. Any grants submitted need to include trunked radios. Mobile data
was discussed at the meeting. DPHHS has put out a notice on a grant program that is due this
FEMA report – Pam Crisafulli
Stats received& outstanding - need numbers from Dawson & Garfield. The number of vehicles
that a jurisdiction has dictates how many mobiles and handhelds they can get. A FEMA fire
grant writing meeting was discussed. Pam will schedule that.
Air Force Meeting – Chief Michaels
The Air Force wants to wait to do the meeting until after the stimulus bill comes out. IMTC
meeting had a presentation from a consultant for the Air Force. They are putting in video
surveillance on each of the missile sites.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 PM. The next meeting will be March 25th at the Dawson
Northrop Grumman conducted a needs assessment of the Eastern Tier members to gather
information for the Mobile Data Terminal Consortium.