May 2002 Minutes

Meeting Minutes – Michigan NENA     May 21, 2002

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI  

President Mike Sexton called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM during the Annual 9-1-1 Conference held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel with 45 present.  Members in attendance:  





Connie Shepperd

Auburn Hills PD

Dan Bateman

MSP – Metro Dispatch

Mary Griffin

Auburn Hills PD

Gene Adamczyk

MSP Communicaitons

Gary Brozewski

Bay County 911

Tom Valdez

MSP Gaylord

Kathy Plachetzki

Belleville PD

Ron Bonneau


Ellen DeView

Birmingham Police

Christina Russell

Oakland Co. Sheriff

Frank Grant

Birmingham Police

Berry Zeeman

Oakland County

Stephen Seitz


Patricia Coates

Oakland County

Cathy McCormick

Community EMS

Lloyd Fayling

Genesee County

Marsha Bianconi

Conf of W. Wayne

Dawn LaCasse


Lance Langdon

East Lansing PD

Janice Gallipo

Pontiac PD

Paul Rogers

Eaton County

Vince Foisy

Rochester Hills

Robert Stahelin

Eaton County

John Bawol

Roscommon County

Ron MacDonald

Hillsdale County 911

Tom McIntyre

Saginaw County 911

Bob Currier


Vickie Stuart

Saginaw County 911

Steve Ryskamp

Kalamazoo Co Central

Joe Cousineau


Pox Relyeu

Lansing PD

Mike Sexton

Sexton & Associates

Karen Chadwick

Lansing/Ingham County

Brian Retzler

Shelby Twp PD

Bruce Pollock

Livingston Co 911

Michael Duvall

Shelby Twp PD

Pam Matelski

Mackinac County 911

Michael Asu

Shiawassee County 911

Christopher Rojem

Macomb County Sheriff

Andy Goldberger

St. Joseph County 911

Tom Altland

Mason-Oceana 911

Bill Langston

Sterling Heights PD

Suzan Hensel

Midland County 911

Al Kear


Harvey Becker

Montcalm County 911



 Minutes of the previous meeting held in February at Eaton County were read and approved.  

Treasurer Andy Goldberger presented his financial report.  In addition the annual audit letter from Bradley M. Whaley, CPA with no concerns noted or modifications necessary was received.  On a motion by Bianconi to accept and place on file; supported by Rogers.  Motion carried.  

General Account

$   16, 068.15

Conference Account

  45, 869.96

Certificates of Deposit


Savings Demand Account

10, 174.14



Balance on Hand

$ 72, 112.25

Conference committee

Vice President and Conference Chair Hensel deferred to Mr. Currier for a brief report on this years conference.  Currier reported total attendance at 301; 38 of a possible 41 booth spaces were sold with 36 total exhibitors; and there were 10 corporate sponsors for this year’s event.  Site reviews will be conducted and a determination made by the board of directors for next years dates, site and format made prior to the next Chapter meeting.  

ETSC Report by Paul Rogers

 ETSC meeting was held earlier in the conference so Mr. Rogers did not go into great detail on that meeting.  Items of note were discussions with legislators on the $0.03 fund in the 9-1-1- statute; and that 60 of 83 counties in Michigan were either receiving or in the process of deployment of Phase 1 services.  

Paul did report the meetings of the task force assembled of Public Safety interest to review the issues related to the SBC/Ameritech proposed tariff filing on wireless call delivery surcharges.  Paul indicated that all organizations involved were opposed to the proposed tariff.  Doug VanEssen had been contacted for counsel on the matter and made recommendations of how to proceed in an attempt to block or modify the filing.  APCO, MAC, MML, MCDA and MSA are all considering funding of a legal fund to oppose the tariff when filed.  Motion by McCormick to set aside up to $1,500 in funds to assist with legal costs related to the opposition of the tariff.  MCDA to be the lead group in this effort.  Supported by Fayling.  

In Favor:  43; Opposed:  0; Abstentions:  Currier, Sexton (2).  Motion carried.  

9-1-1 Hero’s Program

This year’s program was deemed a success and the cost to the chapter was approximately $1,500.  In the coming year, nominations will be able to be submitted via the chapter web site in electronic format.

National Conference

Indianapolis is the site for this year’s annual National Conference June 16th to 19th.  Chapter sends the President and also pays ½ of the Treasurer’s costs for attendance at National.  There were no applications for the grants authorized by the membership for this years conference.  The Board recommended sending Paul Rogers, NENA’s ETSC appointee and also raffling one (1) full scholarship to the conference.  

APCO Homeland Security Summit

APCO will be holding a national Homeland Security summit in Washington DC on June 5th.  On a motion by Harvey Becker, supported by Paul Rogers; Michigan NENA will reimburse costs incurred for one representative to attend on NENA’s behalf.  MCU.  

Regional Vice President Report

Ron Bonneau was in attendance and congratulated the Hero’s Committee and Chapter for one of the best local programs he has seen to date.  

On the SBC/Ameritech tariff filing, Michigan is not alone in concerns and Ron indicated that Michigan is very aggressive and will be watched by other states as this proceeds..

 Ron announced the creation of a legislative affairs person at National and introduced Steve Seitz as our new person to represent NENA at a national level in this position.  Steve’s appointment is to be effective June 1, 2002.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 PM; the next meeting will be held in Petoskey at CCE Central Dispatch on July 10, 2002.

 Respectfully submitted,


 Robert C. Currier, ENP
Chapter Secretary