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MINUTES

DARIEN POLICE COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 5, 2011

1.         CALL TO ORDER

The 2,220th meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Santarella, Chief Lovello, Lt. Osborne and Jan Lesko (Commission Recording Secretary) were present.  Commissioner Harrel monitored the meeting via telephone but did not introduce or vote on any motion.  The meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM.

2.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the minutes, as amended, of the meeting held on December 15, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Johnson. All were in favor. The time was 5:05 PM.

3.         CORRESPONDENCE

A letter of thanks along with a donation of $50 was received from Dante Costenta.  Mr. Costenta commended the courtesy of Desk Officer Hudyma and the assistance rendered by Officer Michael Delvecchio.

A letter commending the professionalism of the Darien Police Department and the high level of service by Officer Macniven was received from Darien resident Diane Young.

4.         DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY

Chief Lovello advised the Department is experiencing its usual activity for this time of year.  There were a couple of domestic violence incidents and a significant larceny at Puritan Stationery.  Surveillance is being ramped up at commercial areas.  A recent DUI checkpoint resulted in one DUI arrest and several arrests of a different nature.  The Department is engaging in high intensity patrols targeting speeding and driving under the influence.  A promotional examination for the rank of Sergeant will be conducted late March/early April with 29 officers eligible to take the test.  There is currently one vacancy for patrol officer.

5.         OLD BUSINESS

Police Department Building Project

The bid opening for the Police Department building project will be opened on January 11th at 2:00 PM at Town Hall.

A pre-bid conference will be held at headquarters regarding the monopole installation.

A conference call was held on January 4th with George Reilly, Dot Kelly, Rocky Genovese, Chief Lovello and Turner Construction to discuss the HVAC system for the DPD building project.  The bid deadline for the HVAC system will be extended so that contractors can bid on a split option.  The next meeting of the Building Committee is scheduled for January 19, 2011.

Officer Whyte will be in charge of the coordination of getting the building ready for demolition.

6.         NEW BUSINESS

Traffic Issues

Tokeneke Road/Pheasant Run – Traffic data from Tokeneke Road/Pheasant Run has been turned over to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Another traffic count will be conducted without the speed limit warning lights.

Review of 2011/12 Operating Budget

Currently the proposed Police Department Operating Budget for 2011/12 is showing a 0.4% increase, mainly due to an increase in the cost of commodities.  The Police Association contract is not yet settled and any salary increases are not included.  The Department will be requesting marked police vehicles including cameras and radios, new motors for the police boat, two Speed Sentry units, and four radar units.

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 6:00 PM.

Jan Lesko, Recording Secretary