NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.
PRESENT: Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt. Chief Michael Bilodeau, Cpt. Michael Sullivan, Adm. Assistant Diana St. Laurent, and Commissioner Steve Prefontaine attended via FaceTime.
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Prefontaine called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING(S)
On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the minutes from the September 4, 2018 meeting as written.
There were no other minutes.
III POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION
- Staff Update – The Commissioners signed the “permanent” appoint form for Patrol Officer Adin Sobel.
The Chief asked the Commissioners if they could be available on October 18, 2018 at 1600 hrs. to swear in the two new officers. Craig Szopa and James Myers will be starting work on October 22, 2018.
- Other Police Commission Business –
- The Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file.
- The Commissioners reviewed the current 2018 budget report. The Chief pointed out that the overtime line will be over expended.
Chairman Prefontaine said his car show was very successful and he thanked Officers O’Reilly and Gordon for helping out with the event.
The Chief told the Commissioners he met with the Board of Selectmen on Monday, October 1, 2018 to review the proposed operating side of the 2019 budget. The Chief said there were no issues with the budget. The Chief told the BOS that as soon as we know what the COLA will be and the change, if any, in benefits, then we can work on completing the 2019 draft budget. The Chief said he told the BOS that the increase in the equipment purchases is due to the need to replace the portable radios and the radar for the cruisers. The Chief said he asked the BOS if we could keep one of our cruisers this year instead of turning it over to the Town. The Chief said the BOS said it was fine to keep a cruiser.
The Chief said that Cpt. Sullivan is moving right along on accreditation. The Chief said the accreditation line item will be going down for the 2019 budget as soon as they get some firm price estimates.
RSA 91-A:3 II (c) Personnel Matter – not needed.
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION
The next meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.
On a MOTION by Commissioner Hoyt and seconded by Commissioner Blonigen, the Commissioners voted to adjourn at 4:25 p.m.
For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary
by Diana St. Laurent