NEWINGTON POLICE COMMISSION
                                                                            MINUTES

There was a meeting of the Newington Police Commissioners on Tuesday, September 4. 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Newington Police Department.

PRESENT:  Commissioner Brenda Blonigen, Commissioner F. Jackson Hoyt, Chief Michael D. Bilodeau, Captain Michael P. Sullivan, Administrative Assistant Diana St. Laurent and Commissioner Steve Prefontaine attended via face-time.

I
CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Prefontaine called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.

II
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING(S)

On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Prefontaine, the Commissioners accepted the minutes from the August 7, 2018 meeting as written.

No other minutes.

III
POLICE COMMISSION INFORMATION

Staff Update – The Commissioners signed the appointment form for Sgt. Brandon Smart, removing his temporary status as PROBATIONARY Patrol Sargent to PERMANENT.

The Chief told the Commissioners that Officer Timothy Gordon will be turning in his resignation with a tentative end date of October 2018. The Chief said that the Captain will reach out to the second candidate who was interviewed by the Commissioners back in July. The Chief said that both candidates will have to attend the NHPS&TC Academy which will put a drain on the overtime budget. The Chief asked the Commissioners if they would approve keeping Tim Gordon on as a part-time officer. The Commissioners agreed to retain Officer Gordon on a part-time basis after his resignation.

  1. Other Police Commission Business –
  2. Purchase Order Review – the Commissioners reviewed and signed the purchase order file.
  3. 2018 Budget Review – the Commissioners reviewed the 2018 budget print out.

IV
OLD BUSINESS

The Chief told the Commissioners that the repairs to the speed trailer came to a little over $1,300. The Chief told the Commissioners he ordered three new portable radios to replace the obsolete portables being used now. The Chief said he is requesting the purchase of 4 new portable radios in the 2019 budget.

The Chief said that the 3 mobile units which were in the 2018 budget will be installed next week. The Chief said he is looking at purchasing a new laser radar to replace the outdated hand-held radar now in use. The Chief said the cost of the laser radar is approximately $2,700. The Chief said he is requesting video coverage for the parking lot for next year’s budget. The Chief said that recently there were 2 police departments, a little north of Newington, which experienced vandalism done to their officers’ private vehicles while parked in the parking lot of the police department.

V
NEW BUSINESS

Strategic Plan – The Chief said that he has given a revised copy of his strategic plan to the Board of Selectmen and he will have copies for the Commissioners to review.

Salary Steps – There was a brief discussion about updating the 10-step salary form.

The Chief said he asked the patrol officers to submit their “wish lists” for the 2019 budget and the ones he has received thus far are very minimal.

VI
NON-PUBLIC SESSION

RSA 91-A:3 II(c) Personnel Matter – Not needed.

VII
NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME/LOCATION

The next meeting of the Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the police department.

VIII
ADJOURNMENT

On a MOTION by Commissioner Blonigen and seconded by Commissioner Hoyt, the Commissioners voted unanimously to adjourn at 4:25 p.m.

For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary

by Diana St. Laurent


 For Brenda Blonigen, Secretary
by Diana St. Laurent