Braintree Selectboard – Special Meeting
Aug. 6, 2019 at 6:00pm
Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair Annette Young, resident
Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Brian Jones, resident
Charles McMeekin, Selectboard Member David Dube, resident
Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Marlys Eddy, resident
Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Paul Kendall, resident
Jackson Evans, ECFiber representative Janice Thresher, resident
Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner Arthur Hamlin, resident
Todd Bent, resident Darcy Hamlin, resident
Shannon Bent, resident Jason Vinton, resident
Preston Allen, resident Thomas Jacobs, resident
Danielle Allen, resident Pam White, resident
Ms. O’Toole called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm indicating that the Board is considering contracting with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement in Braintree. Everyone in attendance was given an opportunity to share their thoughts. Throughout the meeting it was explained that a typical contract with a rural town is for 5-6 hours per week at $47 dollars per hour with a total of about $12,000 annually. Some of those costs can be recouped through speeding tickets. There is currently money in the budget because the fire service Contact was able to be negotiated to a more traditional number from what was initially requested and included in the budget. It was noted that this contract could go to the end of the fiscal year and be evaluated at town meeting and determine then if there is interest in continuing the contract. The initial interest in a contract such as this was due to concerns regarding speeding from a few residents.
A number of suggestions were made. One being that reports should be provided indicating how hours were used. Another was that times and locations of patrol should change and not be predictable. There was a question as to if funds from speeding tickets on route 12 or 12A would come to the Town or if they go to the State. This will be checked into, it was initially thought that they do go to the Town, but maybe not.
Some in attendance seemed to think that such a contract was a good idea, some did not; those who did not think so, did not want taxes to go up.
On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 6:35 pm.