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MINUTES

DARIEN POLICE COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

MAY 2, 2012

1.         CALL TO ORDER

The 2,244th meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Santarella, Chief Lovello, and Jan Lesko (Commission Secretary) were in attendance.  Channel 79 was also present, filming the meeting.  Commissioner Harrel monitored the meeting via telephone but did not introduce or vote on any motion.  The meeting was called to order at 5:05 PM.

2.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on April 4, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor. The time was 5:07 PM.

3.         CORRESPONDENCE

A letter from Bishop Lori thanking the Department for its assistance at St. Thomas More Church was reviewed.

A letter from a resident to Commissioner Santarella regarding parking on Bailey Avenue was reviewed and will be deferred to Lt. Anderson for his input.

4.         DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY

Chief Lovello advised there have been several domestic incidents in the past few weeks.

The Department was involved in a significant high speed pursuit originating from Westport.  One patrol vehicle received a flat tire from debris in the roadway.

5.         OLD BUSINESS

Police Department Building Project

An O.A.T. meeting was held this morning.  Among the items discussed were curb and sidewalk issues.  Turner Construction is pushing hard to keep on schedule.  It is anticipated that the Police Department building project will be complete in early July.

Department Accreditation

Department re-accreditation was received this morning from POSTC.  The Council was impressed by the high standards of the Darien Police Department’s presentation.

School Resource Officer

Interviews for the position of School Resource Officer were conducted by Captain Pavia, Captain Komm, Lt. Osborne, Lt. Duignan, New Canaan School Resource Officer Bentley, and DHS Asst. Principal Ellen Spark.  Training for the School Resource Officer will take place later this month in Delaware, followed by a shadowing period with the New Canaan School Resource Officer.

6.         NEW BUSINESS

P & Z Report Request – Mather Community Center

The Planning & Zoning Report Request regarding the Mather Community Center was reviewed.  It was noted that Lt. Anderson concurred with the traffic engineer’s comments and concerns.

Merit Increase – Sgt. Alison Hudyma

Effective May 3, 2012, Sgt. Alison Hudyma will have completed one year since her promotion to Sergeant.  Chief Lovello advised that Sgt. Hudyma has performed admirably and recommended that she receive her merit increase to Step 2 effective May 3, 2012.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve that Sgt. Alison Hudyma receive her merit increase to Step 2 effective May 3, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:20 PM.

Requests from False Alarm Account

Chief Lovello requested $4,500 from the False Alarm account funds to replace five Taser guns.  Commissioner Johnson motioned to approve the use of $4,500 from the False Alarm account to replace five Taser guns, seconded by Commissioner Santarella.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:25 PM.

Chief Lovello requested $7,000 from the False Alarm account funds to complete the markings and outfitting of the recently acquired used ambulance which will be used as a support vehicle.  The ambulance was recently purchased with false alarm account funds to replace the 1980 Ford Saulsbury truck which was no longer reliable.  The Ring’s End, Inc. cabinet shop generously outfitted the interior of the ambulance, which can also be used as a mobile office.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the use of $7,000 from the False Alarm account to complete the markings and outfitting of the used ambulance, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:30 PM.

7.         EXECUTIVE SESSION

Commissioner Johnson motioned to enter into Executive Session, seconded by Commissioner Santarella.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:32 PM.

Commissioner Johnson motioned to reconvene in Public Session, seconded by Commissioner Santarella.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:45 PM.

8.         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 5:47 PM.

Jan Lesko, Recording Secretary