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MINUTES

DARIEN POLICE COMMISSION

SPECIAL MEETING

JANUARY 9, 2013

1.         CALL TO ORDER

The 2,254th meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Harrel, Commissioner Santarella, Chief Lovello, Capt. Pavia and Jan Lesko (Commission Secretary) were in attendance.  The meeting was called to order at 4:05 PM.

2.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the minutes of the special meeting held on December 12, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor. The time was 4:07 PM.

3.         DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY

Arrests relative to the Turkey Bowl incident were made this week.

A series of meetings are taking place to address school security.

The arrest of a state trooper was made today for violation of a protective order.

The New Year’s Eve holiday was uneventful in terms of activity.

A number of Darien police officers volunteered to work in Newtown over the Christmas holiday so that Newtown officers could be home with their families.  Most of those who were paid for this duty have donated their money to the Newtown police officers who were first responders and are having difficulty returning to duty.  On behalf of the Police Commission, Commissioner Johnson thanked the Darien officers who volunteered to work in Newtown over the Christmas holiday and for their support of the Newtown police officers.

4.         OLD BUSINESS

Chief Lovello advised that the Department’s proposed 2013/2014 budget has been submitted and the first review was Monday with Karl Kilduff, the Town’s Administrative Officer.  There is no timeline yet for future meetings.  The Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen will be meeting together for the review.

5.         NEW BUSINESS

Traffic Issues

Park Place Parking Signage – “No Parking Here to Corner” signage has been installed on Park Place at its intersection with Renshaw Road.

East Coast Greenway Alliance – A request was received from East Coast Greenway Alliance who is requesting permission from the local Legal Traffic Authority to install “East Coast Greenway” signage on our local roads.  This group is spearheading the development of a 2900-mile trail connecting cities from Maine to Florida and is working in conjunction with the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation.  They are requesting permission to install signs on the Post Road from the Stamford town line to Old Kings Highway South and Tokeneke Road from Locust Hill Road to the Norwalk line.  The two town roads that would be signed would be Old Kings Highway South and Locust Hill Road.  Discussion was held concerning tabling any immediate decision until the Board of Selectmen had a chance to review the information and provide their input.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to defer voting on the East Coast Greenway Alliance request pending a response from the Board of Selectmen and would support the request provided that the signage is placed in appropriate areas. This motion was seconded by Commission Johnson.  Commissioner Harrel abstained.  The motion was carried.  The time was 5:10 PM.  Chief Lovello will forward Lt. Anderson’s memo and the East Coast Greenway Alliance correspondence to the Town’s Administrative Officer.

Department Quarterly Report

The Department’s quarterly report was reviewed.  Highlights included Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook tragedy, and the Telestaff software program.

School Security

Chief Lovello advised that the Department continues to assign officers at the opening and closing of schools and extra patrols around the schools continue.  A committee consisting of 8 officers has been formed to address school security.  Issues they are reviewing include facility assessment; policy reviews concerning lockdowns, suspicious packages, etc.; lesson plans for teacher training; having officers devoted to a particular school.  There was a meeting today at Darien High School to discuss having a lockdown drill.  Another meeting will take place next week.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no other business to be considered, Commissioner Johnson motioned to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Santarella.   All were in favor.  The time was 5:35 PM.

 Jan Lesko, Commission Secretary