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					BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING
August 21, 2007

PRESENT: Mayor Stortz Commissioner Greger Commissioner Fries Commissioner Lambert Councilman Nicastro Chief DiVenere Captain Osanitsch Patti Ewen – Treasurer Peter Kot – Union President Peter Dauphnais – Union Representative

ABSENT: Commissioner Bracco Commissioner Carpenter

Mayor Stortz called the meeting to order at 6:30P.M.

1. AWARDS 1.1 Mr. Litwinczyk received a Citizens Commendation for his CPR efforts in attempting to save a neighbor’s life on May 12, 2007. 2. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION 2.1 Mr. Michael Greer, 495 Stafford Avenue, inquired about the status of installing flashing lights on Stafford Avenue. Chief DiVenere will have the Traffic Division contact him. 2.2 Mr. Paul D’Aprile, Andrews Street, raised concern over the site line problem on Andrews Street and West Washington Street.

3. CONSIDERATION OF THE MINUTES 3.1 Councilman Nicastro moved to APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE JULY 17, 2007 REGULAR POLICE BOARD MEETING, Second by Commissioner Lambert. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

4. REPORTS OF ACCOUNTS YEAR TO DATE 4.1 Councilman Nicastro moved to APPROVE THE REPORT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR TO DATE AND PLACE ON FILE, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

5. APPROVAL OF VARIOUS MONTHLY REPORTS 5.1 Commissioner Lambert moved to APPROVE THE MONTHLY REPORTS, Second by Commissioner Greger. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED 6. CORRESPONDENCE 6.1 Ms. Diana Belanger Ms. Belanger wrote a letter praising Office Ray Zagurski for his professionalism in dealing with her family. 6.2 Letter of Appreciation A letter of appreciation was received praising Lt. Moskowitz and Capt. McIntyre for their promptness in handling a complaint. 6.3 State of CT – Office of State’s Attorney The Senior Assistant State’s Attorney’s office wrote a letter of appreciation on behalf of Lt. Langlais for help in the recent Litchfield prosecution of a suspect who was convicted of Risk of Injury to a Minor and sentenced to jail. The successful prosecution of this case was possible only because of Lt. Langlais’s efforts. 6.4 Ms. Rose Ms. Rose wrote a letter of appreciation for the instrumental part that Officer Mulvey had in recovering her stolen belongings at Lake Compounce on July 14, 2007. 6.5 ESPN Ms. Parker, Senior Director of Security at ESPN, wrote a letter requesting signage and warning lights on Emmett Street. These devices would warn motorists that Emmett Street ends at the intersection and they have to turn right or left when they reach it. Councilman Nicastro moved to REFER TO TRAFFIC DIVISION, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

7. COMMITTEE REPORTS 7.1 Grievance Committee Commissioner Greger moved to APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

7.2 Awards Committee Councilman Nicastro moved TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AWARDS COMMITTEE, Second by Commissioner Lambert. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

8. TRAFFIC REPORTS 8.1 Turning Lanes on Pleasant Street The Traffic Division was asked to look into adding turning lanes on Pleasant Street at the intersection of West Street. In reviewing the accident history at this intersection, the Traffic Division did not find any accidents that would have been prevented if there were turning lanes. They also found no accidents that were the result of a lack of turning lanes. There is a slight incline at this intersection. There is also a large tree to the north that interferes with the sight line. Turning lanes could result in two vehicles stopped along side each other. This would result in significant line of sight problems for each operator. The potential for an operator pulling out and not seeing an oncoming vehicle because his view was blocked would be great. The volume of traffic on Pleasant Street is not so great that there is a significant delay caused by waiting for vehicles to enter the intersection one at a time. There are several other one-way streets in town and none have turning lanes. It is important to keep the traffic patterns consistent. Based on the above facts, the Traffic Division recommends against adding turning lanes on Pleasant Street at the intersection of West Street. Commissioner Greger moved to APPROVE THE TRAFFIC DIVISION RECOMMENDATION AGAINST TURNING LANES ON PLEASANT STREET AT THE INTERSECTION OF WEST STREET, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED 8.2 St. Matthew’s Church Parking The Traffic Division was asked to review the parking situation on Church Avenue in the area of St. Matthew’s Church. The Traffic Division made the following recommendations: Parking along the west side of Church Avenue should be restricted from the area of 147 Church Avenue to the area across from the southern driveway of St. Matthew’s Church. It should be posted “No Parking Anytime”. This restriction will only affect two private residences. They are 137 and 147 Church Avenue. At the owner’s request, parking is presently restricted in front of 147 Church Avenue. Commissioner Greger moved to APPROVE THE TRAFFIC DIVISION’S RECOMMENDATION AND FORWARD A LETTER TO THE CHURCH, Second by Councilman Nicastro. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED 8.3 St. Joseph’s School Parking The Traffic Division received a letter from Mr. Mark Fishbein complaining about the parking situation on Center Street in the area of St. Joseph’s School. The main problem is that vehicles park on both sides of Center Street at the beginning and end of the school day. This makes it very difficult to see the children crossing between parked vehicles. Lt. Morrell met with Mr. Monnerat, Principal of St. Joseph’s School, and they discussed the problems associated with parking in the area. In working with Mr. Monnerat, the Traffic Division has relocated a crosswalk. Public Works installed new sidewalks with curb cuts at the crosswalk. Adding parking restrictions on this section of Center Street would make it much safer for the children and improve the traffic flow for the buses and emergency vehicles traveling to the hospital. There is only one private residence on this stretch of Center Street that would be affected by the parking restriction.

Recommendation: Parking should be restricted on both sides of Center Street from Queen Street to Goodwin Street. The restriction should be “No Parking or Standing Monday – Friday”. Commissioner Lambert moved to APPROVE THE TRAFFIC DIVISION’S RECOMMENDATION, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED 8.4 Summer Street Parking The Traffic Division was asked to review the parking situation on Summer Street in the area of the sharp curve. The curve is located in the area of number 10 Summer Street, approximately 100 feet west of Main Street. At the present time, parking is only restricted on the south/west side of Summer Street in the area of the curve. Due to the roadway design in this area, there is a very limited sightline. The area is also densely populated with large apartment buildings along both sides of the road. There is a high volume of pedestrian traffic, which often results in pedestrians stepping into the roadway from between parked vehicles. This combined with the limited sightline created by the curve, creates a hazardous situation for both motorists and pedestrians. The Traffic Division recommends designating the north/east side of Summer Street, from number 8 to number 20, as a “No Parking Anytime” area. This would restrict parking on both sides of Summer Street in the area of the sharp curve. Councilman Nicastro moved to APPROVE THE TRAFFIC DIVISION’S RECOMMENDATION, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

8.5 Pine Street at Todd Street The Traffic Division was asked to make a recommendation on the speeding vehicles and roadway curves on Pine Street in the area of Pine Lake. After further investigation, the Traffic Division recommends the following: 1. Do not install flashing warning lights at this time. 2. Install additional curve warning signs on Pine St. in the area of Pine Lake for both east and westbound traffic. 3. Install speed advisory signs for the curve. 4. Install additional speed limit signs in the area. 5. Continue speed enforcement efforts in the area. 6. Monitor the traffic flow during and after the construction of the “New Route 72” and make adjustments as necessary. Commissioner Greger moved to APPROVE THE TRAFFIC DIVISION’S RECOMMENDATIONS, Second by Councilman Nicastro. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

9. OLD BUSINESS 9.1 CHIEF DIVENERE 9.1.1 Diversity Training The Police Department has completed the Diversity Training program that was approved and funded last year. Every employee attended four 4-hour classes which began in January and ended in May. The classes were informative, lively and thorough and were well received by our staff. As part of the contract with the Trainer, he presented a final report and evaluation of the program. He repeated several comments which he received from the staff during the training sessions which reinforced his belief that the program worked. He also recommended on-going training to reinforce the initial program. A meeting was held with Mayor Stortz, Diane Ferguson, Personnel Director and Chief DiVenere to address the report submitted by the Trainer. It was agreed upon that further training would be beneficial. There is funding remaining from the original appropriation for this training that can be used to continue the program. Councilman Nicastro moved to REFER TO THE BOARD OF FINANCE, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

9.2 POLICE COMMISSIONERS None 10. NEW BUSINESS 10.1 CHIEF DIVENERE 10.1.1 Resignation Commissioner Lambert moved to ACCEPT DELORES CAPER’S RESIGNATION, Second by Councilman Nicastro. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED 10.1.2 Board of Finance Requests Commissioner Greger moved to APPROVE AND FORWARD TO THE BOARD OF FINANCE THE REQUEST FOR CARRY-OVER, Second by Councilman Nicastro. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

10.1.3 Police Facility Space Needs Councilman Nicastro moved to APPROVE A STUDY ON POLICE DEPARTMENT SPACE NEEDS FOR FUTURE USE AND REFER TO PUBLIC WORKS, Second by Commissioner Greger. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED Councilman Nicastro moved to SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP SESSION WITH POLICE BOARD TO DISCUSS POLICE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR FUTURE USE, Second by Commissioner Greger. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

10.1.4 Staffing Commissioner Greger moved to APPROVE OVERHIRING OF TWO POLICE OFFICERS, Second by Commissioner Fries. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED 10.2 POLICE COMMISSIONERS None

11. ADJOURNMENT Councilman Nicastro moved to ADJOURN, Second by Commissioner Greger. VOTE: UNANIMOUSLY PASSED

The regular meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners called for the 21st day of August 2007 was HEREBY ADJOURNED AT 7:16P.M.

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