The re-organizational meeting of the Lamoine Public Safety Study Committee came to order at 7:00 PM at the Lamoine Town Hall
Present were: Committee members Stacey Curtis, Frank Murray, Grace Schimpf; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Selectman Josephine Cooper, Rhonda Houston of the Ellsworth Weekly, and members of the public Sally Smith and Beth Levesque.
Selectman Cooper reviewed the discussion that has taken place regarding a volunteer patrol, including a public forum with Sheriff Bill Clark and meeting with Hancock’s Volunteer Police Chief Charlie Wheeler.
There was discussion about hiring patrol services from the Sheriff’s Department or the State Police, and how many volunteers might be needed.
Selectman Cooper said the committee should decide if it would make sense financially for Lamoine to pursue a volunteer patrol force. She said Hancock’s force patrols the town during limited hours, and act as the eyes of the town. She said they’re a pretty good deterrent, and can call into the Sheriff’s Department.
Mr. Murray asked about training requirements. Committee members asked to find out how it works, what’s the cost, and how to attract good volunteers. There was discussion about patrol services vs. response services currently from the Sheriff’s Department.
The committee was unanimous in stating they think it’s a good idea, and they would like to meet with Charlie Wheeler from Hancock and see a copy of the manual. The committee left it to Stu to set up a meeting in August.
The meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM
Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst.