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JANUARY 23, 2013

 1.         CALL TO ORDER

The 2,255th meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson Commissioner Santarella, Chief Lovello, Lt. Anderson and Jan Lesko (Commission Secretary) were in attendance. Commissioner Harrel monitored the meeting via telephone but did not introduce or vote on any motion.  The meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM.


Minutes of the special meeting held on December 12, 2012 were reviewed and an amendment was requested to Item 3, Paragraph 5 wherein the Commission is on public record thanking the Darien police officers who volunteered to work in Newtown over the Christmas holiday  and for their support of the Newtown police officers. 


The Commission reviewed a letter received from a Darien resident commending the services of Officers Stuart Schwengerer and Derek Mulcahy.  While on marine duty, Officers Schwengerer and Mulcahy rescued the resident who struck a reef and was in danger of being capsized.  The Commission unanimously commended both officers for their excellent service.

A letter was received from The Community Fund of Darien advising the approval of a grant for $2,500 to support Project Lifesaver in Darien.  This project provides a means of outfitting Alzheimer’s patients with tracking bracelets.  This project will be administered at the Police Department through the Detective Bureau.  The Commission unanimously thanked The Community Fund of Darien for their generous support.


Chief Lovello advised that in recent weeks there have been some incidents of domestic violence.  We also experienced some incidents of damage caused by rocks on Revere Road and Edgerton Street.  There have been a couple of motor vehicle burglaries.  A suspect has been arrested in connection with a past theft at David Harvey Jewelers.

In regards to school security, facility assessments will be completed by the end of this month.  Checklists have been formulated.  A short meeting was held today and another meeting will take place tomorrow.  Some hardware adjustments at the schools have already been made.

5.         OLD BUSINESS

Traffic Issues

Hale Lane – The First Selectmen’s Office is getting complaints from residents of Hale Lane regarding motorists blocking the entrance/exit to their complex.

Park Place – Lt. Anderson is monitoring the recent installation of “No Parking” signs on Park Place.

2220 Post Road – We are still receiving complaints of residents parking near 2220 Post Road causing sight line problems by Oakland Terrace.

Leroy Avenue stop sign – The previously approved stop sign on Leroy Avenue by Frate Park has not yet been installed by DPW due to the cold weather.

Sight line issues – Various fences and shrubbery are being approved by Planning and Zoning which are causing sight line problems.  Chief Lovello will discuss this issue with Jeremy Ginsberg, Director of Planning and Zoning.

Holmes Avenue parking – Discussion continues to be held regarding what can be done to alleviate sight line/parking issues on Holmes Avenue.

Hoyt Street – A request had previously been sent to State Dept. of Transportation for the installation of a curve arrow on Hoyt Street near the New Canaan border.  After waiting for a response for two years, the request was denied.  State DOT has requested additional information pertaining to our request for the installation of pedestrian warning signs.

Proposed 2013/14 Budget Update

Slight tweaks in the Department’s proposed 2013/14 budget request were reviewed.  The budget hearing will take place on February 2nd at 10:00 AM.

6.         NEW BUSINESS

Fingerprint Fees

Lt. Bussell requested that the Commission consider raising the fee for public fingerprints from $5.00 to $10.00 to help offset some of the cost for the AFIS system.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to increase the fee for public fingerprints from $5.00 to $10.00 effective February 1, 2013, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:30 PM.


A motion was made by Commissioner Johnson to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing a pending grievance filed by the Darien Police Association, seconded by Commissioner Santarella.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:35 PM.

A motion was made by Commission Santarella to reconvene in Public Session, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:15 PM.





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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 5:17 PM.






Jan Lesko, Commission Secretary