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And we will call to order this week's meeting of the Finance Committee. 00:00:00
Gentlemen, if you would, please look over the minutes from our last meeting 2 weeks ago. 00:00:04
And if there is a motion to adopt those, we'll entertain that second. 00:00:08
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:00:13
Thank you. 00:00:20
And with the agenda. 00:00:21
Thrown it away. 00:00:23
Here you go. 00:00:25
Alright, Item one under new business. 00:00:30
Authorization for the mayor to execute an amendment. 00:00:32
To the special funding agreement with TS for the administration of the FY23 Hope Initiative Summer Jobs program. 00:00:35
Doctor Thompson, Jackson. 00:00:44
Before we actually make this request, at your request that you ask that the actual agency who's a minister in the program, come in 00:00:49
and give an update, so we have to have. 00:00:53
Doctor Thompson Jackson and her team to give you an update before I present this, OK. 00:00:57
And before you start. 00:01:02
You are a woman after my own heart. 00:01:05
This is exactly. 00:01:08
The kind of things I asked. Thank you. Come on up, tell us about your program. 00:01:11
Good afternoon, good afternoon. We want to 1st thank you for allowing us to administer the grant again and we've kind of given you 00:01:18
some overall statistics. We started off with 45 students and we thank you. I think the students thank you for the increase in rate 00:01:26
of pay which really made a big difference. We went from $8 to $13 an hour which made it more competitive but. 00:01:34
It meant the world to the students, to the parents. 00:01:42
Because the parents were saying as citizens. 00:01:46
We know that our children need this extra support. Many of the children that are youth, I got to stop saying children. 00:01:49
Many of the youth that we help, we take them through the extra steps that they need. So some of them transportation is a big 00:01:56
barrier. 00:02:00
Some of them just some work ethics are barriers and so. 00:02:05
It you may say, well, we paying a $13 an hour, they can go straight to McDonald's and get a job. But those work ethics aren't for 00:02:10
them. So if you ever go to McDonald's downtown. 00:02:14
Which I frequent and I'm not saying anything that is not public. Sometimes you see a change in the ship over and over and over. So 00:02:19
we we're helping to instill. 00:02:24
Some soft skills with them. We're doing a little bit more one-on-one touch points with the students. 00:02:29
And so we were approved for 45 students, but what happened was we had twelve additional students. 00:02:35
That we decided to advocate for, to get them in the program. 11 showed up because you have to attend orientation. One withdrew one 00:02:42
week after the program. One was a no show on the first day of work, which that happens. And so we total out with 54 participants. 00:02:49
We listed them out by zip code. Who's all in? 00:02:56
What area? 00:03:03
And then we also listed out the agencies and boys, girls, demographics, African American, Hispanic we will be doing last year we 00:03:05
did a VIP tour of. 00:03:11
Shelton, Steelman and the USA this and we did the Civil Rights Museum, which temporary emergency services covers the cost. 00:03:18
Um. 00:03:26
This year we will be doing a tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. 00:03:27
And Miles College. And we're going to try to work in UAB and then the culminating event will be graduation, which will be held as 00:03:32
still in college. So I just brought two that are working with us just to say their names. 00:03:38
And then why they're in the program? 00:03:43
Hey, welcome. 00:03:46
Good to see you. 00:03:47
My name is Elena Williams. I work at Temporary Emergency Services through the HOPE Summer program. 00:03:49
I mean this program to. 00:03:54
Increase many skills that I need when I grow up. 00:03:57
This program has taught me how to be more responsible. 00:04:02
Be productive with my time because there's always something you could be doing. 00:04:05
And. 00:04:09
Overall, this taught me how to work and interact with others. 00:04:11
Thank you. My name is Paul Covarrubia. I'm. I work at Temporary Emergency Services under the HOPE summer program. I joined because 00:04:16
I thought it would help increase my repertoire of. 00:04:22
Different. 00:04:28
Activities and prepare me for the work life and. 00:04:29
Thank you both for coming in. Thank you hear about the program. 00:04:33
My mother had seen it on Facebook and she sent it to me. 00:04:39
Thought it would be a good opportunity. All about you. I work at Temporary Emergency Services. 00:04:43
It's the same for me. My mother had brought it up to my attention. 00:04:50
So. 00:04:53
Cool. 00:04:54
Chairman Busby. 00:04:55
If you remember last year I talked about, I'm glad we did do the increase, but you know, I'm, I'm going to plug this in because 00:04:56
I've spoke this last year about increasing this to 200,000. 00:05:03
And. 00:05:10
Because of the fact that you see what these kids are doing, I I really want us to be intentionally intentional about. 00:05:11
What we can do for these program and and our if I remember correctly you talked about. 00:05:19
You wanted to see diversity within this group and as I looked today, I see that that has been done. 00:05:24
And. 00:05:31
So that we can continue this program and and build up Tuscaloosa. 00:05:33
But I think what we've done this year is, is great. 00:05:38
And again you've. 00:05:42
You took all the wind out of my sails because you answered the kinds of things I have. What are the criteria, or are there any 00:05:45
criteria for the? 00:05:49
The youth. 00:05:53
Coming into the program so they have to attend orientation, so they first complete an application. We interview them just like if 00:05:54
they were at a normal job. We asked that they come in professionally dressed and we realize that is has been a small barrier for 00:06:00
some of them, but they really do a great job at doing it. We also have to talk to parents. We've got a few parents that are 00:06:06
latchkey parents. 00:06:11
And they think that they can go and sit with their child. 00:06:17
And we explained to them that's not work. 00:06:21
That's not the way work works and so we are having to have conversations with parents when your baby goes to work. 00:06:24
Your baby is at work now. They are young adult. 00:06:31
We are preparing them. 00:06:34
For work and to vote and to make a difference in our community. So you have to cut it off. So we're having conversations. So we 00:06:36
had one gentleman. 00:06:41
That was, let's see, what did he do? 00:06:46
So they were. 00:06:50
At one of our locations and they were horse playing. 00:06:52
They were on their breaking horse playing and the supervisor noticed it. 00:06:58
And talk to the on site job coaches. 00:07:03
And what he attempted to do was to use what they do at that age, his mouth, to defend himself, and not in a derogatory way. They 00:07:06
just think they can just, well, I wasn't doing anything, but you got to be quiet. 00:07:12
Gotta be quiet. 00:07:18
So the they asked for him to be removed from that job site. 00:07:19
When he was explaining to us. 00:07:26
I said, What's the first thing you should have done? 00:07:28
He's actually just been quiet. 00:07:30
I just should have been quiet. 00:07:33
And he said, I thought by explaining they would understand we were just horse playing, he said. But let me tell you something, He 00:07:34
said I go to work on time. I walked to my job. He started listing all the attributes that he had. He said I made this one mistake. 00:07:39
I said, baby, don't take the one. 00:07:44
And then table one. But I said you're realizing it. And I was able to communicate with another agency and they said guess what? 00:07:50
Because he's learning. 00:07:54
And we were able to work with him. We will take him. So we were able to get him placed somewhere else immediately, so. 00:07:59
It's it's good for them to see when they have faults. 00:08:06
That this is the time to correct and by having a job coach and taking that extra time. 00:08:10
We can fix the soft skills because a lot of them have a lot of soft skills that need to be repaired, we talk about. 00:08:16
Taking. 00:08:23
The. 00:08:24
Through rags. 00:08:25
We talk about pulling your pants up. 00:08:27
Keeping a belt on. 00:08:29
And it's just the little things that help. And so we go through those and if we identify any educational barriers, we flip it over 00:08:31
to the other side and then we start addressing those with the school. 00:08:37
If anybody needs some help there and then we go a little bit further If moms are having or dads are having issues at home with 00:08:42
social work type. 00:08:47
Things we're able to step up and help with that. 00:08:52
We also bring in the bank to make sure they understand banking. 00:08:56
And trying to get them to stay out of Walmart, cashing the check checks for 3% because you're losing money, you're losing big 00:09:00
money. So we're we're spending a lot of time with them on the job. Coaches are here. Miss Morgan is here. They do more of the 00:09:05
one-on-one. I get to be the principal sometimes and they get to come in my office and and it's just about getting them to be 00:09:11
citizens. 00:09:16
Of Tuscaloosa and getting them to the next step. That's all we're trying to do and sometimes it's a little harder than what we 00:09:22
think, but the team over there, they enjoy it, so they get the job done. 00:09:27
Thank you very much. 00:09:33
When we when you place them. And these are the. 00:09:36
These work sites, that's where the places that they work. 00:09:40
Is the city paying the entire salary or is it split with? 00:09:45
You You're paying the entire salary. You pay the entire salary. 00:09:49
Any other questions? And I think that's a plus because if you look. 00:09:53
A lot of these are nonprofits, so that's a double win. 00:09:56
Because during the summer we also need help because the students at the university, Steelman and Shelton are gone. 00:09:59
So we lose a lot of our volunteer workforce. You know, the university pumps out a lot, but during the summer it decreases. So the 00:10:06
demand that we have that our day to days need still is ongoing. So by having these students, it's not about the age, it's about 00:10:11
the maturity. 00:10:17
And most of us are able to work with them. We've got a great set. I don't have a problem and we auto adjust. If there is a problem 00:10:23
then that's what we're there for to help them to correct and think. 00:10:28
To be great citizen. 00:10:33
Thank you very much for coming. I don't have a question. I do have comment, I think we have. 00:10:35
Opportunities like this for programs that's working. 00:10:39
I agree with Matthew, we do need to. 00:10:43
For more money into this and be proactive instead of reactive. We always want to meet him and have a roundtable discussion when we 00:10:45
see a lot of. 00:10:48
Violence and crime and things like that in the younger generation. But we have opportunity before then. We kind of clutch pearls 00:10:52
when it comes to the money part. So this is something to consider maybe. 00:10:57
The next time we need to be thinking about increase in areas like this, the programs is really working. 00:11:02
Thank you Councillor. Very relevant point. I think you assume going into agency here, right? Yes Sir. Y'all are gonna. 00:11:08
Get together. Ohh, yeah. Yes, Sir. 00:11:15
We are fortunate that none of our young boys have been in any trouble. 00:11:18
And we touched base with them, you know, there's been a lot of gun violence, you know. 00:11:23
Unfortunately. 00:11:29
Good. 00:11:30
And I guess the chief is only looking at me. I ain't gonna talk about. 00:11:32
You know but. 00:11:37
It's a problem, but the more we can work with. 00:11:38
Are you to understand conflict resolution? 00:11:41
And keeping your mouth closed just because somebody say something to you about your Mama, you don't go get a gun and do this. 00:11:45
That's not the way to solve, you know? I know you love your Mama, so we're able to talk to them. 00:11:50
In a way, sometimes we have to speak the same language that they're speaking. We have to go there. 00:11:56
In town. 00:12:02
Go here. 00:12:04
Understand that's not going to help. So we're fortunate that we talked last year you gave. 00:12:08
Additional format. 00:12:13
And we met back with them. We took. 00:12:15
I thought everybody had been to certain places in town. 00:12:17
They had not gone to certain place. 00:12:21
To eat. 00:12:24
Which is right down. 00:12:25
And we took them there. We went over to jalapenos they had not been. 00:12:26
To Alberta city. 00:12:31
No clue They're couples is bigger. 00:12:32
They went back. 00:12:35
And so by doing just those little things and touching with them. 00:12:36
When somebody got ready to apply for a job, they asked us, because they. 00:12:40
Reference. So we kind of touched up which we covered the cost of that. 00:12:44
Additionally throughout the year. 00:12:49
Sure. 00:12:52
When you're putting together. 00:12:54
Initiative. 00:12:56
You're coming up with your cost. 00:12:58
Did you come to the city and say we want y'all to fund US $100,000? 00:13:00
Or is that a city? 00:13:05
Said we. You know, we're gonna give you through this. We're gonna grant you $100,000 or what? 00:13:06
Yeah, and then you. 00:13:11
Add that to the program and what can you do? 00:13:12
That's right, right. So if we came to you and say we're going to give you 150,000. 00:13:15
You would tailor make the program. 00:13:19
Based on that, which hopefully will get your numbers up 50%. 00:13:22
At least right with with the Harris, right so. 00:13:25
OK, that yeah, you have it. 00:13:28
That election is done in the R. 00:13:31
So it's based on really the. 00:13:35
Actual. 00:13:36
That we were trying. 00:13:38
100,000. 00:13:39
At $13. 00:13:41
7. 00:13:42
20 hours. 00:13:43
So that's where we got and then. 00:13:46
Talking about. 00:13:48
There were 12 on the waiting list. 00:13:49
So that was like. 00:13:51
24,000. 00:13:52
Especially if you are not. 00:13:54
So what was the total of that, of that amount? 00:13:56
Products. 00:13:59
So the total total. 00:14:00
So our contract, what we'd be doing today if you all granted. 00:14:02
You have a contract. 00:14:05
Maybe not. 00:14:07
31. 00:14:08
Looking for? 00:14:09
So is the. 00:14:11
Once we do that here, and how quickly would those kids be hired? 00:14:13
Course. 00:14:17
So you check tomorrow. 00:14:20
Tired. 00:14:23
Orientation, They've already been to work. 00:14:24
So we covered the concept. 00:14:28
And then they will reimburse me. 00:14:31
So and then we have there's about less than $10,000. So you know roughly 10% that goes to. 00:14:33
The salaries and we have, at least there's. 00:14:40
Six of us. 00:14:42
Seven of us. 00:14:43
Out of that. 00:14:44
6. 00:14:46
7. 00:14:47
6. 00:14:50
Employees. 00:14:51
So you can tell that we're putting in. 00:14:53
The extra admin on ours, so we're covering the cost of the trip. 00:14:56
We cover the cost of cities not paying for that. 00:15:00
The bulk of your money goes into hiring. 00:15:02
And paying the salary. 00:15:05
We just didn't give us enough admin and you know. 00:15:08
Do we do, and then they the rest we do our love? 00:15:11
I think those. 00:15:14
No. 00:15:16
Teaching all of our kids those soft skills, the things that. 00:15:18
Will make them successful. I mean things that. 00:15:21
I guess I grew up or we all grew up thinking we have to show up at work on time and you have to do these little things. 00:15:24
Will make a huge difference in their work life and. 00:15:31
The more they can. 00:15:34
All of our kids, including my child. 00:15:35
We can be trained. 00:15:37
They're going to be better employees. They're going to, they're going to understand. 00:15:39
How to go to work with the right attitude and I I I'm grateful that y'all are. 00:15:42
That you're able to reach those kids and. 00:15:47
And making a. 00:15:49
And. 00:15:50
Jackson. 00:15:53
I want to say to you. 00:15:53
Ohh saying thank you for how y'all manage it. 00:15:54
You know, we can get it from a holistic view, even with the. 00:15:57
Being a former employment specialist, sometimes the parent. 00:16:01
Again, you know. Hold on to him too tight, you know, and. 00:16:04
And then our our children, they get used to our our young adults get used to hearing us fuss and complaining about being on time 00:16:08
and waking up early. So it doesn't resonate the same way, but when you can hear from someone else and see your peers out doing the 00:16:12
same thing. 00:16:16
Is different. So thank you for looking at all of those. 00:16:20
It really does make a difference in. 00:16:24
I hope that we can expand. 00:16:27
Y'all y'all really do a good job with it and please continue to invite us to the end of the year. 00:16:29
Celebration. 00:16:34
Yeah. 00:16:35
The end of this? 00:16:35
It's a back thing back, right? So say one more thing. 00:16:37
Say that. 00:16:41
But it's really good too. 00:16:42
To see the results, that's a great. 00:16:44
Like German, Busby said. Their anger force, right? That's just a great white paper, right, to say this is where our money is 00:16:48
going. 00:16:50
These are where the kids are. They're hired and this, this is where they're working. This is the difference. They're. 00:16:54
I think that is a huge story. 00:16:58
To tell, and I hope y'all are telling in the cities. 00:17:00
Saying this is, this is where you're. 00:17:03
Funding is gone and the difference is Mike. 00:17:06
For these kids, I think that's the other results they have. 00:17:08
Transportation. 00:17:12
We pick kids up. 00:17:14
We drop them off. 00:17:16
You know, we go a little extra. 00:17:17
Most programs would. 00:17:18
Cover the cost of doing it, because it's just one of those things you need to do. 00:17:21
Right. 00:17:25
And all the old stories aren't really. 00:17:26
You know, told if somebody needs some clothes right now. 00:17:29
I was going to ask about those social. 00:17:32
And so it makes a big deal. 00:17:35
It makes it a big difference when you're doing that because now. 00:17:38
The parents come to us, they talked to us. 00:17:41
And I think another thing we didn't write which we'll get those numbers. 00:17:43
We've probably had, at least. 00:17:47
20 kids that were in the program last year. 00:17:49
Then automatically kept calling and calling. 00:17:52
Say I need to be here and the the conversation that I would have with them is why don't you just go get a job like they said. But 00:17:56
there's a difference in what y'all. 00:18:00
I think it. 00:18:05
I'm not worth reading. And they're able to tell you. They're able to say. 00:18:06
You know, I'm in McKenzie Court and I gotta walk. 00:18:10
But you will help me get to work. 00:18:13
OK, yes, if you got a job at McDonald's, I'm not going to come transport. 00:18:15
You're in this program, so I'm going to help. 00:18:18
Figure it out. 00:18:20
Because we still. 00:18:22
Transportation is a city bus. 00:18:23
But. 00:18:29
There's still some little. 00:18:30
Concerns and you know. 00:18:31
Everything is not smooth and so some of them. 00:18:33
Not built up. 00:18:36
Confident. 00:18:37
You know, we've got a shortage of people in Mercedes. 00:18:38
But we've got to get the confidence. 00:18:41
Build up so that that employment line. 00:18:43
Can go. 00:18:46
They've got to have and if they're not ready, they're just not ready and I'd rather get them ready then they go out there. 00:18:47
Missed three days or whatever that number is. 00:18:53
And they can't get that dream job. 00:18:56
Just working with him a little bit more. 00:18:58
We. 00:19:01
About. 00:19:01
Sign up at the Chamber site. 00:19:02
Going to their employment. 00:19:04
Portal. A lot of them just don't know. Or they're not. 00:19:06
They just say I'm not. 00:19:10
You know I need some. 00:19:11
Additional help. 00:19:13
And then they also have a a school bag. 00:19:14
Gotta remember, a lot of them are still. 00:19:16
In school. 00:19:18
They're trying to figure out how to work and how to keep my grades up. 00:19:19
And that's not easy, even for cars. 00:19:23
Yeah, you have to be. 00:19:26
I'm very glad we had you come in. Thank you. 00:19:29
Thank you, gentlemen. Is there a motion? 00:19:33
Some second all in favor, say aye. 00:19:35
Aye. 00:19:38
Motion passes. Again, thank you all for coming in. 00:19:39
Item number two, General Fund budget revision #17, Part A, Funding for hope, summer jobs funding agreement amendment and 00:19:45
standards. That's what we just heard. 00:19:49
Be a budget revision to move money from the contingency line item within the general fund. 00:19:57
To the agency funding line item for temporary emergency services. 00:20:02
And Miss Johnson, do we need to? 00:20:06
We can do these. 00:20:10
1. 00:20:11
One vote, OK. 00:20:12
So then moving to Part B. 00:20:13
Tuscaloosa Police Department training tech funds for supplies and equipment. Chief, are you briefing that? 00:20:15
Yes, Sir. 00:20:21
We've got about three different things we're trying to get out of our credit check funds. 00:20:24
The first one was going the second part to our fingerprint machines. As I learned earlier this year, the county went to a 00:20:28
different system, so we had to translate our system to match that so we could actually get on the state system. 00:20:33
To get returned back for fingerprints. 00:20:38
The second part of the machine will be the one that will be our secure processing center at headquarters. 00:20:40
That will be used to get everybody on the same system. So when he gets back for fingerprints on burglaries, car break INS and that 00:20:45
kind of stuff, the second one is we're going to buy new drones. 00:20:50
We had previous drones, but the company has decided now they want to go on an annual subscription basis, which means that I 00:20:56
believe it's they were trying to get $15,000 a year, which we're not going to pay that. 00:21:01
Basically our our fees go to them the 2nd party then we get it through there there now requiring subscription review that. 00:21:06
So they went with a different business model. 00:21:13
So we are buying new drones so we do not have to pay the subscription and the drones buy the new drones are cheaper than paying 00:21:15
the subscription every single year. So we're trying to purchase those and the last thing is going to be a bomb stick. 00:21:21
Basically do bombs on our rotator coolness. If you put the bomb inside of it, it goes boom. 00:21:28
And we need a container to do that. We don't have one. Yeah. The county doesn't, yeah. 00:21:33
The county has one we we use theirs last year. We do have to use them every once in a while. And our our bomb squad desperately 00:21:42
needs one of those. So we don't have to wait on the county because we want something go boom. We need to go boom right then. 00:21:47
That's the most technical way. When you want to say boom, say boom. 00:21:51
The contains the boom. They all have T-shirts for your. 00:21:59
Your bomb technicians that say no, I'm a bomb technician. If you see me running, try to keep up. 00:22:05
And that's why I'm going faster that way. So what do we do? What do we do with the old runs, chief? 00:22:13
The old drones bases are useless at this point. Now I wanna, I wanna be very clear. We have different kinds of drones. These are 00:22:18
eternal in the house drones. We have drones that are made for wind and big drones. These are actually the ones that we fly in 00:22:23
houses that we can break windows with for barricaded suspects and all that kind of stuff. So these are the small internal drones. 00:22:28
They're like 6000 piece or something like. 00:22:32
How many do we have? We have two of those. So these are the leaders. So we have desperately needed replacement because paying the 00:22:39
the fee that this company in week two and we've used this company for a long time, it's just outrageous there. There's no way we 00:22:44
can pay that fee. It's not worth it where we can literally replace the drones. 00:22:49
Cheaper and not have that fee and save the city money that way? Yes Sir. 00:22:54
OK. Gentlemen, any other questions? Thank you all. 00:22:58
In favor, say aye, aye. 00:23:02
Item is approved. 00:23:07
Any other business to be brought before the Finance Committee. 00:23:11
Is there a motion to adjourn? All in favor say aye. 00:23:15
Finances adjourned. 00:23:19
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And we will call to order this week's meeting of the Finance Committee. 00:00:00
Gentlemen, if you would, please look over the minutes from our last meeting 2 weeks ago. 00:00:04
And if there is a motion to adopt those, we'll entertain that second. 00:00:08
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:00:13
Thank you. 00:00:20
And with the agenda. 00:00:21
Thrown it away. 00:00:23
Here you go. 00:00:25
Alright, Item one under new business. 00:00:30
Authorization for the mayor to execute an amendment. 00:00:32
To the special funding agreement with TS for the administration of the FY23 Hope Initiative Summer Jobs program. 00:00:35
Doctor Thompson, Jackson. 00:00:44
Before we actually make this request, at your request that you ask that the actual agency who's a minister in the program, come in 00:00:49
and give an update, so we have to have. 00:00:53
Doctor Thompson Jackson and her team to give you an update before I present this, OK. 00:00:57
And before you start. 00:01:02
You are a woman after my own heart. 00:01:05
This is exactly. 00:01:08
The kind of things I asked. Thank you. Come on up, tell us about your program. 00:01:11
Good afternoon, good afternoon. We want to 1st thank you for allowing us to administer the grant again and we've kind of given you 00:01:18
some overall statistics. We started off with 45 students and we thank you. I think the students thank you for the increase in rate 00:01:26
of pay which really made a big difference. We went from $8 to $13 an hour which made it more competitive but. 00:01:34
It meant the world to the students, to the parents. 00:01:42
Because the parents were saying as citizens. 00:01:46
We know that our children need this extra support. Many of the children that are youth, I got to stop saying children. 00:01:49
Many of the youth that we help, we take them through the extra steps that they need. So some of them transportation is a big 00:01:56
barrier. 00:02:00
Some of them just some work ethics are barriers and so. 00:02:05
It you may say, well, we paying a $13 an hour, they can go straight to McDonald's and get a job. But those work ethics aren't for 00:02:10
them. So if you ever go to McDonald's downtown. 00:02:14
Which I frequent and I'm not saying anything that is not public. Sometimes you see a change in the ship over and over and over. So 00:02:19
we we're helping to instill. 00:02:24
Some soft skills with them. We're doing a little bit more one-on-one touch points with the students. 00:02:29
And so we were approved for 45 students, but what happened was we had twelve additional students. 00:02:35
That we decided to advocate for, to get them in the program. 11 showed up because you have to attend orientation. One withdrew one 00:02:42
week after the program. One was a no show on the first day of work, which that happens. And so we total out with 54 participants. 00:02:49
We listed them out by zip code. Who's all in? 00:02:56
What area? 00:03:03
And then we also listed out the agencies and boys, girls, demographics, African American, Hispanic we will be doing last year we 00:03:05
did a VIP tour of. 00:03:11
Shelton, Steelman and the USA this and we did the Civil Rights Museum, which temporary emergency services covers the cost. 00:03:18
Um. 00:03:26
This year we will be doing a tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. 00:03:27
And Miles College. And we're going to try to work in UAB and then the culminating event will be graduation, which will be held as 00:03:32
still in college. So I just brought two that are working with us just to say their names. 00:03:38
And then why they're in the program? 00:03:43
Hey, welcome. 00:03:46
Good to see you. 00:03:47
My name is Elena Williams. I work at Temporary Emergency Services through the HOPE Summer program. 00:03:49
I mean this program to. 00:03:54
Increase many skills that I need when I grow up. 00:03:57
This program has taught me how to be more responsible. 00:04:02
Be productive with my time because there's always something you could be doing. 00:04:05
And. 00:04:09
Overall, this taught me how to work and interact with others. 00:04:11
Thank you. My name is Paul Covarrubia. I'm. I work at Temporary Emergency Services under the HOPE summer program. I joined because 00:04:16
I thought it would help increase my repertoire of. 00:04:22
Different. 00:04:28
Activities and prepare me for the work life and. 00:04:29
Thank you both for coming in. Thank you hear about the program. 00:04:33
My mother had seen it on Facebook and she sent it to me. 00:04:39
Thought it would be a good opportunity. All about you. I work at Temporary Emergency Services. 00:04:43
It's the same for me. My mother had brought it up to my attention. 00:04:50
So. 00:04:53
Cool. 00:04:54
Chairman Busby. 00:04:55
If you remember last year I talked about, I'm glad we did do the increase, but you know, I'm, I'm going to plug this in because 00:04:56
I've spoke this last year about increasing this to 200,000. 00:05:03
And. 00:05:10
Because of the fact that you see what these kids are doing, I I really want us to be intentionally intentional about. 00:05:11
What we can do for these program and and our if I remember correctly you talked about. 00:05:19
You wanted to see diversity within this group and as I looked today, I see that that has been done. 00:05:24
And. 00:05:31
So that we can continue this program and and build up Tuscaloosa. 00:05:33
But I think what we've done this year is, is great. 00:05:38
And again you've. 00:05:42
You took all the wind out of my sails because you answered the kinds of things I have. What are the criteria, or are there any 00:05:45
criteria for the? 00:05:49
The youth. 00:05:53
Coming into the program so they have to attend orientation, so they first complete an application. We interview them just like if 00:05:54
they were at a normal job. We asked that they come in professionally dressed and we realize that is has been a small barrier for 00:06:00
some of them, but they really do a great job at doing it. We also have to talk to parents. We've got a few parents that are 00:06:06
latchkey parents. 00:06:11
And they think that they can go and sit with their child. 00:06:17
And we explained to them that's not work. 00:06:21
That's not the way work works and so we are having to have conversations with parents when your baby goes to work. 00:06:24
Your baby is at work now. They are young adult. 00:06:31
We are preparing them. 00:06:34
For work and to vote and to make a difference in our community. So you have to cut it off. So we're having conversations. So we 00:06:36
had one gentleman. 00:06:41
That was, let's see, what did he do? 00:06:46
So they were. 00:06:50
At one of our locations and they were horse playing. 00:06:52
They were on their breaking horse playing and the supervisor noticed it. 00:06:58
And talk to the on site job coaches. 00:07:03
And what he attempted to do was to use what they do at that age, his mouth, to defend himself, and not in a derogatory way. They 00:07:06
just think they can just, well, I wasn't doing anything, but you got to be quiet. 00:07:12
Gotta be quiet. 00:07:18
So the they asked for him to be removed from that job site. 00:07:19
When he was explaining to us. 00:07:26
I said, What's the first thing you should have done? 00:07:28
He's actually just been quiet. 00:07:30
I just should have been quiet. 00:07:33
And he said, I thought by explaining they would understand we were just horse playing, he said. But let me tell you something, He 00:07:34
said I go to work on time. I walked to my job. He started listing all the attributes that he had. He said I made this one mistake. 00:07:39
I said, baby, don't take the one. 00:07:44
And then table one. But I said you're realizing it. And I was able to communicate with another agency and they said guess what? 00:07:50
Because he's learning. 00:07:54
And we were able to work with him. We will take him. So we were able to get him placed somewhere else immediately, so. 00:07:59
It's it's good for them to see when they have faults. 00:08:06
That this is the time to correct and by having a job coach and taking that extra time. 00:08:10
We can fix the soft skills because a lot of them have a lot of soft skills that need to be repaired, we talk about. 00:08:16
Taking. 00:08:23
The. 00:08:24
Through rags. 00:08:25
We talk about pulling your pants up. 00:08:27
Keeping a belt on. 00:08:29
And it's just the little things that help. And so we go through those and if we identify any educational barriers, we flip it over 00:08:31
to the other side and then we start addressing those with the school. 00:08:37
If anybody needs some help there and then we go a little bit further If moms are having or dads are having issues at home with 00:08:42
social work type. 00:08:47
Things we're able to step up and help with that. 00:08:52
We also bring in the bank to make sure they understand banking. 00:08:56
And trying to get them to stay out of Walmart, cashing the check checks for 3% because you're losing money, you're losing big 00:09:00
money. So we're we're spending a lot of time with them on the job. Coaches are here. Miss Morgan is here. They do more of the 00:09:05
one-on-one. I get to be the principal sometimes and they get to come in my office and and it's just about getting them to be 00:09:11
citizens. 00:09:16
Of Tuscaloosa and getting them to the next step. That's all we're trying to do and sometimes it's a little harder than what we 00:09:22
think, but the team over there, they enjoy it, so they get the job done. 00:09:27
Thank you very much. 00:09:33
When we when you place them. And these are the. 00:09:36
These work sites, that's where the places that they work. 00:09:40
Is the city paying the entire salary or is it split with? 00:09:45
You You're paying the entire salary. You pay the entire salary. 00:09:49
Any other questions? And I think that's a plus because if you look. 00:09:53
A lot of these are nonprofits, so that's a double win. 00:09:56
Because during the summer we also need help because the students at the university, Steelman and Shelton are gone. 00:09:59
So we lose a lot of our volunteer workforce. You know, the university pumps out a lot, but during the summer it decreases. So the 00:10:06
demand that we have that our day to days need still is ongoing. So by having these students, it's not about the age, it's about 00:10:11
the maturity. 00:10:17
And most of us are able to work with them. We've got a great set. I don't have a problem and we auto adjust. If there is a problem 00:10:23
then that's what we're there for to help them to correct and think. 00:10:28
To be great citizen. 00:10:33
Thank you very much for coming. I don't have a question. I do have comment, I think we have. 00:10:35
Opportunities like this for programs that's working. 00:10:39
I agree with Matthew, we do need to. 00:10:43
For more money into this and be proactive instead of reactive. We always want to meet him and have a roundtable discussion when we 00:10:45
see a lot of. 00:10:48
Violence and crime and things like that in the younger generation. But we have opportunity before then. We kind of clutch pearls 00:10:52
when it comes to the money part. So this is something to consider maybe. 00:10:57
The next time we need to be thinking about increase in areas like this, the programs is really working. 00:11:02
Thank you Councillor. Very relevant point. I think you assume going into agency here, right? Yes Sir. Y'all are gonna. 00:11:08
Get together. Ohh, yeah. Yes, Sir. 00:11:15
We are fortunate that none of our young boys have been in any trouble. 00:11:18
And we touched base with them, you know, there's been a lot of gun violence, you know. 00:11:23
Unfortunately. 00:11:29
Good. 00:11:30
And I guess the chief is only looking at me. I ain't gonna talk about. 00:11:32
You know but. 00:11:37
It's a problem, but the more we can work with. 00:11:38
Are you to understand conflict resolution? 00:11:41
And keeping your mouth closed just because somebody say something to you about your Mama, you don't go get a gun and do this. 00:11:45
That's not the way to solve, you know? I know you love your Mama, so we're able to talk to them. 00:11:50
In a way, sometimes we have to speak the same language that they're speaking. We have to go there. 00:11:56
In town. 00:12:02
Go here. 00:12:04
Understand that's not going to help. So we're fortunate that we talked last year you gave. 00:12:08
Additional format. 00:12:13
And we met back with them. We took. 00:12:15
I thought everybody had been to certain places in town. 00:12:17
They had not gone to certain place. 00:12:21
To eat. 00:12:24
Which is right down. 00:12:25
And we took them there. We went over to jalapenos they had not been. 00:12:26
To Alberta city. 00:12:31
No clue They're couples is bigger. 00:12:32
They went back. 00:12:35
And so by doing just those little things and touching with them. 00:12:36
When somebody got ready to apply for a job, they asked us, because they. 00:12:40
Reference. So we kind of touched up which we covered the cost of that. 00:12:44
Additionally throughout the year. 00:12:49
Sure. 00:12:52
When you're putting together. 00:12:54
Initiative. 00:12:56
You're coming up with your cost. 00:12:58
Did you come to the city and say we want y'all to fund US $100,000? 00:13:00
Or is that a city? 00:13:05
Said we. You know, we're gonna give you through this. We're gonna grant you $100,000 or what? 00:13:06
Yeah, and then you. 00:13:11
Add that to the program and what can you do? 00:13:12
That's right, right. So if we came to you and say we're going to give you 150,000. 00:13:15
You would tailor make the program. 00:13:19
Based on that, which hopefully will get your numbers up 50%. 00:13:22
At least right with with the Harris, right so. 00:13:25
OK, that yeah, you have it. 00:13:28
That election is done in the R. 00:13:31
So it's based on really the. 00:13:35
Actual. 00:13:36
That we were trying. 00:13:38
100,000. 00:13:39
At $13. 00:13:41
7. 00:13:42
20 hours. 00:13:43
So that's where we got and then. 00:13:46
Talking about. 00:13:48
There were 12 on the waiting list. 00:13:49
So that was like. 00:13:51
24,000. 00:13:52
Especially if you are not. 00:13:54
So what was the total of that, of that amount? 00:13:56
Products. 00:13:59
So the total total. 00:14:00
So our contract, what we'd be doing today if you all granted. 00:14:02
You have a contract. 00:14:05
Maybe not. 00:14:07
31. 00:14:08
Looking for? 00:14:09
So is the. 00:14:11
Once we do that here, and how quickly would those kids be hired? 00:14:13
Course. 00:14:17
So you check tomorrow. 00:14:20
Tired. 00:14:23
Orientation, They've already been to work. 00:14:24
So we covered the concept. 00:14:28
And then they will reimburse me. 00:14:31
So and then we have there's about less than $10,000. So you know roughly 10% that goes to. 00:14:33
The salaries and we have, at least there's. 00:14:40
Six of us. 00:14:42
Seven of us. 00:14:43
Out of that. 00:14:44
6. 00:14:46
7. 00:14:47
6. 00:14:50
Employees. 00:14:51
So you can tell that we're putting in. 00:14:53
The extra admin on ours, so we're covering the cost of the trip. 00:14:56
We cover the cost of cities not paying for that. 00:15:00
The bulk of your money goes into hiring. 00:15:02
And paying the salary. 00:15:05
We just didn't give us enough admin and you know. 00:15:08
Do we do, and then they the rest we do our love? 00:15:11
I think those. 00:15:14
No. 00:15:16
Teaching all of our kids those soft skills, the things that. 00:15:18
Will make them successful. I mean things that. 00:15:21
I guess I grew up or we all grew up thinking we have to show up at work on time and you have to do these little things. 00:15:24
Will make a huge difference in their work life and. 00:15:31
The more they can. 00:15:34
All of our kids, including my child. 00:15:35
We can be trained. 00:15:37
They're going to be better employees. They're going to, they're going to understand. 00:15:39
How to go to work with the right attitude and I I I'm grateful that y'all are. 00:15:42
That you're able to reach those kids and. 00:15:47
And making a. 00:15:49
And. 00:15:50
Jackson. 00:15:53
I want to say to you. 00:15:53
Ohh saying thank you for how y'all manage it. 00:15:54
You know, we can get it from a holistic view, even with the. 00:15:57
Being a former employment specialist, sometimes the parent. 00:16:01
Again, you know. Hold on to him too tight, you know, and. 00:16:04
And then our our children, they get used to our our young adults get used to hearing us fuss and complaining about being on time 00:16:08
and waking up early. So it doesn't resonate the same way, but when you can hear from someone else and see your peers out doing the 00:16:12
same thing. 00:16:16
Is different. So thank you for looking at all of those. 00:16:20
It really does make a difference in. 00:16:24
I hope that we can expand. 00:16:27
Y'all y'all really do a good job with it and please continue to invite us to the end of the year. 00:16:29
Celebration. 00:16:34
Yeah. 00:16:35
The end of this? 00:16:35
It's a back thing back, right? So say one more thing. 00:16:37
Say that. 00:16:41
But it's really good too. 00:16:42
To see the results, that's a great. 00:16:44
Like German, Busby said. Their anger force, right? That's just a great white paper, right, to say this is where our money is 00:16:48
going. 00:16:50
These are where the kids are. They're hired and this, this is where they're working. This is the difference. They're. 00:16:54
I think that is a huge story. 00:16:58
To tell, and I hope y'all are telling in the cities. 00:17:00
Saying this is, this is where you're. 00:17:03
Funding is gone and the difference is Mike. 00:17:06
For these kids, I think that's the other results they have. 00:17:08
Transportation. 00:17:12
We pick kids up. 00:17:14
We drop them off. 00:17:16
You know, we go a little extra. 00:17:17
Most programs would. 00:17:18
Cover the cost of doing it, because it's just one of those things you need to do. 00:17:21
Right. 00:17:25
And all the old stories aren't really. 00:17:26
You know, told if somebody needs some clothes right now. 00:17:29
I was going to ask about those social. 00:17:32
And so it makes a big deal. 00:17:35
It makes it a big difference when you're doing that because now. 00:17:38
The parents come to us, they talked to us. 00:17:41
And I think another thing we didn't write which we'll get those numbers. 00:17:43
We've probably had, at least. 00:17:47
20 kids that were in the program last year. 00:17:49
Then automatically kept calling and calling. 00:17:52
Say I need to be here and the the conversation that I would have with them is why don't you just go get a job like they said. But 00:17:56
there's a difference in what y'all. 00:18:00
I think it. 00:18:05
I'm not worth reading. And they're able to tell you. They're able to say. 00:18:06
You know, I'm in McKenzie Court and I gotta walk. 00:18:10
But you will help me get to work. 00:18:13
OK, yes, if you got a job at McDonald's, I'm not going to come transport. 00:18:15
You're in this program, so I'm going to help. 00:18:18
Figure it out. 00:18:20
Because we still. 00:18:22
Transportation is a city bus. 00:18:23
But. 00:18:29
There's still some little. 00:18:30
Concerns and you know. 00:18:31
Everything is not smooth and so some of them. 00:18:33
Not built up. 00:18:36
Confident. 00:18:37
You know, we've got a shortage of people in Mercedes. 00:18:38
But we've got to get the confidence. 00:18:41
Build up so that that employment line. 00:18:43
Can go. 00:18:46
They've got to have and if they're not ready, they're just not ready and I'd rather get them ready then they go out there. 00:18:47
Missed three days or whatever that number is. 00:18:53
And they can't get that dream job. 00:18:56
Just working with him a little bit more. 00:18:58
We. 00:19:01
About. 00:19:01
Sign up at the Chamber site. 00:19:02
Going to their employment. 00:19:04
Portal. A lot of them just don't know. Or they're not. 00:19:06
They just say I'm not. 00:19:10
You know I need some. 00:19:11
Additional help. 00:19:13
And then they also have a a school bag. 00:19:14
Gotta remember, a lot of them are still. 00:19:16
In school. 00:19:18
They're trying to figure out how to work and how to keep my grades up. 00:19:19
And that's not easy, even for cars. 00:19:23
Yeah, you have to be. 00:19:26
I'm very glad we had you come in. Thank you. 00:19:29
Thank you, gentlemen. Is there a motion? 00:19:33
Some second all in favor, say aye. 00:19:35
Aye. 00:19:38
Motion passes. Again, thank you all for coming in. 00:19:39
Item number two, General Fund budget revision #17, Part A, Funding for hope, summer jobs funding agreement amendment and 00:19:45
standards. That's what we just heard. 00:19:49
Be a budget revision to move money from the contingency line item within the general fund. 00:19:57
To the agency funding line item for temporary emergency services. 00:20:02
And Miss Johnson, do we need to? 00:20:06
We can do these. 00:20:10
1. 00:20:11
One vote, OK. 00:20:12
So then moving to Part B. 00:20:13
Tuscaloosa Police Department training tech funds for supplies and equipment. Chief, are you briefing that? 00:20:15
Yes, Sir. 00:20:21
We've got about three different things we're trying to get out of our credit check funds. 00:20:24
The first one was going the second part to our fingerprint machines. As I learned earlier this year, the county went to a 00:20:28
different system, so we had to translate our system to match that so we could actually get on the state system. 00:20:33
To get returned back for fingerprints. 00:20:38
The second part of the machine will be the one that will be our secure processing center at headquarters. 00:20:40
That will be used to get everybody on the same system. So when he gets back for fingerprints on burglaries, car break INS and that 00:20:45
kind of stuff, the second one is we're going to buy new drones. 00:20:50
We had previous drones, but the company has decided now they want to go on an annual subscription basis, which means that I 00:20:56
believe it's they were trying to get $15,000 a year, which we're not going to pay that. 00:21:01
Basically our our fees go to them the 2nd party then we get it through there there now requiring subscription review that. 00:21:06
So they went with a different business model. 00:21:13
So we are buying new drones so we do not have to pay the subscription and the drones buy the new drones are cheaper than paying 00:21:15
the subscription every single year. So we're trying to purchase those and the last thing is going to be a bomb stick. 00:21:21
Basically do bombs on our rotator coolness. If you put the bomb inside of it, it goes boom. 00:21:28
And we need a container to do that. We don't have one. Yeah. The county doesn't, yeah. 00:21:33
The county has one we we use theirs last year. We do have to use them every once in a while. And our our bomb squad desperately 00:21:42
needs one of those. So we don't have to wait on the county because we want something go boom. We need to go boom right then. 00:21:47
That's the most technical way. When you want to say boom, say boom. 00:21:51
The contains the boom. They all have T-shirts for your. 00:21:59
Your bomb technicians that say no, I'm a bomb technician. If you see me running, try to keep up. 00:22:05
And that's why I'm going faster that way. So what do we do? What do we do with the old runs, chief? 00:22:13
The old drones bases are useless at this point. Now I wanna, I wanna be very clear. We have different kinds of drones. These are 00:22:18
eternal in the house drones. We have drones that are made for wind and big drones. These are actually the ones that we fly in 00:22:23
houses that we can break windows with for barricaded suspects and all that kind of stuff. So these are the small internal drones. 00:22:28
They're like 6000 piece or something like. 00:22:32
How many do we have? We have two of those. So these are the leaders. So we have desperately needed replacement because paying the 00:22:39
the fee that this company in week two and we've used this company for a long time, it's just outrageous there. There's no way we 00:22:44
can pay that fee. It's not worth it where we can literally replace the drones. 00:22:49
Cheaper and not have that fee and save the city money that way? Yes Sir. 00:22:54
OK. Gentlemen, any other questions? Thank you all. 00:22:58
In favor, say aye, aye. 00:23:02
Item is approved. 00:23:07
Any other business to be brought before the Finance Committee. 00:23:11
Is there a motion to adjourn? All in favor say aye. 00:23:15
Finances adjourned. 00:23:19
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