The Police Commission chairman has recommended that the five-member elective agency hold special meetings three or four times a year whose sole purpose would be to improve communications between the public and the commission.
Chairman Paul Mangiafico earlier this month told commission members that such meetings would provide the public with an open forum where they could raise issues of concern.
Commission members Andrew Sachs and Joel Faxon endorsed the idea.
When I read The Bee this weekend I was compelled to write about this ridiculous waste of money and I quote “the study’s price is $17,900, plus related costs” for what? To reach the same old conclusions the previous studies have yielded since 2000!
In seeking to learn how best to improve congested traffic conditions at the five-way Main Street flagpole intersection, Police Commission members have hired a traffic consultant to study the troublesome junction, which has the second-highest local accident rate. The commission serves as the local traffic authority.
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the commission will be discussing whether town police officers should use body cameras while on duty to visually and sonically record their interactions with the public.
The state legislature on June 29 passed two criminal justice bills, one of which covers the use of police body cameras. That bill requires that state police wear such body cameras and also offers financial incentives to municipalities to have their police departments use such devices.
Following its review of a traffic engineering report on travel safety on the residential Key Rock Road, the Police Commission has approved creating additional speed tables there to better control motorists’ travel speeds on the 4,500-foot-long north-south connector road.
Key Rock Road connects Sugar Street (Route 302) to the intersection of Hattertown Road and Poverty Hollow Road. The Police Commission has been reviewing Key Rock Road traffic safety in its role as the traffic authority.
The Police Commission has appointed itself to serve as an “executive-level personnel search committee,” which will seek a replacement for Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has announced that he will retire from the police department next January.
Three of the five police commission members met for a brief session on June 10 to create the search committee, which is comprised of all five commission members.
Ferris Acres Creamery, a family-operated ice cream stand that opened for business at 144 Sugar Street (State Route 302) in 2004, has become a popular destination for both residents and out-of-towners, seeking to enjoy the pleasures of ice cream amid the bucolic setting of a working dairy farm.
Over the years, the creamery’s reputation has grown, attracting increasingly large numbers of people to the site.