Town Roundup

The following is a round-up of the items covered at the Town Meeting on February 17th 2011.

The following is a round-up of the items covered at the Town Meeting on February 17th 2011.

Quick Items

  • Bills for $7,700 and $23,416 (Commonwealth Engineering) as part payment of the work done to bring the Water Treatment Project back on track have been received. These will be paid for out of the Gas Savings account. The money for these bills is covered under the RD loan that will be used to pay for part of the project so the town will get this money back when the loan closes although they will still have to pay the loan off.
  • The new plans for the project are comprehensive and may even be considered working diagrams.
  • 20% of the whole years part-time police budget has been spent just in January of this year.
  • All of the tree maintenance budget for the year has been spent already this year. Gary hoped some of the budget from last year would roll over into this year but evidently that is not the case.
  • Madison County does not yet have an approved budget. So the school systems and some other county funded initiatives are running on borrowed money.
  • The Town spent $64,000 on gas in January that is 60% of the total spent for the entire year in 2010. January was such a cold month!
  • The Town made interest of $8,900 on savings last year which is less than the $13,000 it made in 2009.
  • The Town grew 11% since the census of 2000.
  • 300S is a mess again and the contractor that patched it less than 6 months will be expected to repair it.
  • The Town will be working to improves its website heavily in the next few weeks!

Project Lifesaver International

Captain Mike Barnes of the Lapel Police Department would like to see Lapel be heavily involved in new initiative that helps track down people with alzheimers, autism or other forms of dementia.

This initiative involves tagging at risk individuals through the use of either ankle or wrist bracelets. These bracelets have a one month battery lifespan and a unique radio frequency.

Trained individuals such as the Police or Fire department can then use a hand held VHF radio antenna to track them down.

This system has had a 100% success rate in locating missing people within the first 30minutes and reduces the amount of man-power that would normally be called out to help a missing person who has any of the conditions listed above.

Mike has already received training in this system at Anderson and is able to train others in the Police Department or Fire Department in its use.

Nothing has been decided yet as there is still some debate as to whether there will be a county led agency to operate the tracking system or if individual departments will need to implement it.

People with at risk family members or the individuals themselves  will need to undergo profiling before they are fitted with the tag, at a cost of $300 - $350 per year. This cost can either be paid for by the individual or through donations and corporate sponsorship. The cost includes a years worth of battery replacements and maintenance.

This system is now in use in 40 states. Indiana has 70 agencies using it and other countries like Canada are already using it.

Mike believes the town will need two antenna at a cost of $800 - $1100 dollars.

For more information please visit the following page: http://www.projectlifesaver.org/

Police Body Armor

State legislation has now been passed that requires all Police officers to wear body armor. This legislature does not include reserve officers although as members of the council pointed out the reservists have as much chance of being in a situation that body armor would be required as a full time officer would.

Captain Mike Barnes pointed out that Vests actually have an expiration date on them and typically need to be repalced. His own concealed vest expired in 2009 although he continues to use it.

Mike is proposing that the town purchases vests for the five full time officers and then several vests be purchased that can be shared between the reservists.

These vests are normally custom fitted to an individual but he thinks it would be possible for 3 or 4 different vests of varying sizes to be purchased and one of these vests should fit a reservist if they need one.

Mike and Chief Molina have come up with a department wide policy that states any officer that joined the force prior to January 2011 can choose whether or not to wear a vest, if they do not wish to wear a vest they will not be provided with one at the Towns Expense. Any officer joining after January will be required to wear a vest unless the Chief allows for special circumstances.

Mike is looking at purchasing Point Blank "Vision" Level 2 vests, these come with special pockets that trauma plates can be fitted to provide additional levels of protection to key parts of the body such as the heart/chest and back.

These vests are not rated to stop rifle rounds, there is a Level 3 vest that can be purchased but they are intended for Tactical response units and soldiers to use where there is a risk of coming under fire from rifles.

The cost of getting these new vests is expected to be between $7000 and $9000 with each vest to cost around $750.

Another great feature of the new vest is that it protects the wearer from stun gun or tazer attacks as it can dissipate electrical current across the full vest rather than a targeted portion. There are many police situations in America and across the world where the only gun or weapon in the room is the one the police officer brings in and if the person being apprehended/arrested struggles there have been incidents where the officers gun or tazer have been used against them.

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