Hampstead Selectmen Approve Fire, Police Expenditures

HAMPSTEAD – Police and fire equipment purchases were on the agenda for the selectmen, who approved the Fire Department’s recommendation for the purchase of new Jaws of Life equipment, as well as several items sought by Police Chief Joe Beaudoin.

At Monday night’s meeting, Fire Captain Will Warnock brought the recommendation to use Firematics Supply of Bolton Mass., which bid $21,303 for the hydraulic rescue equipment known as the Jaws of Life. This was the low bid; the other bid was from N.E. Fire Apparatus of New Haven, Conn.

Warnock said not only was Firematics the low bid, but the equipment is the same brand as the department now has and the department has a relationship with this company. The purchase, coming from the department’s Capital Reserve Fund, was approved by voters in March and the cost came in lower than expected. The board unanimously approved the recommendation.

Beaudoin asked the selectmen to approve his acceptance of a grant from the state for $1,500, to which he needed to add, $2,400 to lease the department’s motorcycle for another year. Selectman Rick Hartung asked how many officers were certified to ride the motorcycle and Beaudoin told him that he had five officers fully trained and certified on the vehicle.

The board approved his request. Beaudoin also asked the board to approve his accepting a grant from the state for $19,000 for additional department patrols. The extra patrols would be for radar enforcement, traffic light enforcement and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). The money would go toward the overtime the extra patrols would entail.

The board approved his accepting this grant. Beaudoin’s final request was for the board to sign a document that would allow the Hampstead Police Department to accept money attached in a drug raid to be put into the department’s drug forfeiture fund. Money can be taken from this fund for use in drug buys in investigative situations. The board authorized Chairman Sean Murphy to sign the document.

The chief told the selectmen his department needs five new bullet proof vests. He asked for approval to take the $4,400 cost for the five new vests from the Police Detail Fund. Hartung asked if there were any resale value to the used vests and Beaudoin said not without liability. He said he would ask if the company from which he planned to purchase the new vests would take them in trade.

The board approved his using the funds from the Detail Fund for the purchase of the vests.
In other business Monday night:

• Selectmen’s Administrative Assistant Sally Theriault reviewed a letter to the board asking Hampstead to join a consortium of local towns seeking an attorney to work with the state Department of Environmental Services and the federal Environmental Protection Agency with regard to new permitting requirements on the MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) regarding stormwater discharge.

The new requirements mean some communities could be facing up to several hundred thousand dollars to comply, and most towns say the requirements are unreasonable. The letter is seeking financial commitment from 19 towns on a list of towns that have attended meetings on the MS4 issue but up to 60 towns could sign on.

The selectmen agreed to commit to an amount not to exceed $2,000 as their share of the proposed $75,000 cost of hiring the attorney. The towns that sign on would share in the cost, the amount, to be determined by a percentage based on population. The estimated cost to Hampstead at this point was $1,700, based on an estimated 2.32 percent share.

• Selectwoman Priscilla Lindquist said the Hampstead Historic District Heritage Committee has received one application for the Boston Post Cane and has decided to keep the process open through the end of May for any others who might wish to apply for themselves or to nominate someone. The committee will review the applications at its June 5 meeting and forward a recommendation to the selectmen at their June 10 meeting. Application forms are available at Town Hall.

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