The Orange Police Commission met at Headquarters on Monday afternoon (Feb. 13).
There wasn’t much on the agenda, but the following information was discussed.
• Police Department roof repairs were made at a fair price.
• Policy software was updated
• Building improvements —minor repairs were made in the women’s locker room.
• New officer expenses — polygraph exams and new uniforms for recruits.
• Storage for body camera videos, which is reimbursable by the state.
• Administrative Overtime in Records while new employees are being trained.
Chief Gagne went before the Capital Planning Committee to present the department’s needs. He said all projects were accepted but he doesn’t expect all of them to pass by the Board of Finance.
He’s fairly confident that a generator and requested security package will survive the board.
Home Depot donated windshield washer fluid for the patrol cars for which the Chief and officers are grateful.
The Lions Club of Orange donated $1,000 for a K9 vest. This will be used with a generous donation from the Orange Juniorettes to outfit both Orange K9s with protective vests.
Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo delivered the monthly statistic report for January:
3,037 calls for service, 119 activated burglar alarms, 40 criminal arrests, 23 shoplifting/larcenies, 19 fights/disturbances, 4 DWI arrests, 86 traffic accidents, 146 Medical emergencies, 152 motor vehicle citations issued.
The Amity area is experiencing extremely high wind gusts.
There are numerous road closures due to downed trees.
Amity schools have notified their students and families that if a student cannot be dropped off due to a road closures they will be returned to campus for alternate options.
Please use caution when outside for blowing snow and debris.
A winter weather advisory greeted us this morning and the snow began to fall four hours behind schedule.
The roads were slippery and downshifting was the way to go. At speeds of 25-30 mph on backroads it was wise to keep a ridiculously safe distance (8-10 car lengths) from other drivers.
During a spin around town at the height of the “storm” we found an impressive 11-foot snowman on Wellington Drive and were entertained by the ponies and horses at Maple View Farm near the library.
The Highway Department guys have had a busy few days this week.
We hope everyone is safe and staying warm.
According to reports, about 200 accidents have been reported in Connecticut so far today. WE hope that you prepared for “Chris” and hit the grocery store, hardware store etc and got everything you need to have a pleasant experience.
Thundersnow is rare, and active in the area, (reported shortly after 10 a.m. on Grassy Hill Road) so why not read up on it and make it a learning experience for the little ones? — the more you research it, the more interesting it is! You will actually get even more snow dumped on you in a short period of time when thundersnow occurs.
Thank you Rev Wagner for the photo of the Town Green. Share your photos with everyone in town by e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s 4 a.m. and there’s no snow yet. Forecasters are now saying that the snow should begin between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. 12-18 Inches expected by 8 p.m. Getting much colder around noon today, so watch for below-freezing wind chills and keep those extremities covered up.
The precipitation could begin as freezing rain making an icy base for the snow.
We’ll let you take it from here. I called my plow guy two days ago and reserved him for this evening — hope you did the same.
Here are a few things YOU can do today to help Orange Live AND the Community
• If you have photos, please send them to email@example.com
• If you are a business owner and your business is Closed or OPEN today let us know and we’ll get the word out.
Enjoy your day and stay safe. Orange Public Works Guys, Orange Police and Volunteer Firefighters, we’re thinking of you today.
From the Orange Police Department Facebook Page.
The Orange Police Department is reminding all residents to limit their travel during the snow storm tomorrow.
Highway crews will be out early keeping the roads clear for emergency vehicles.
Forecasters are calling for snow fall up to 1 inch an hour during the peak times which may make it difficult for crews to keep up.
Rest assured, your Police Department will remain fully staffed and ready for service through out the storm.
Reminder, when clearing private driveways and lots do not leave snow piles in the roadway. This is both dangerous and illegal.
Winter parking rules are in effect, on street parking in Orange is prohibited. Cars parked on the roadway are subject to tow.
Above all, be safe!
While kids are having fun playing in the white stuff and, if conditions are right, building snowmen and forts, adults most likely will find themselves bundling up and shoveling.
Remember, if you have a fire hydrant in front of, or close to your property, PLEASE clear the snow from around it so the volunteer firefighters won’t have to do it in the event of an emergency.
We’ve posted this video for the past three years to show you how much precious time can be wasted at a fire scene if the firefighters have to clear out a hydrant when they can be concentrating their efforts on your home instead.
Try to stay off the roads and if you must go out, drive carefully and watch out for the other guy.
Town of Orange offices will be closed on Thursday Feb. 9 due to the storm. This includes all Town Hall offices. The Orange Police Records Division also will be closed.
The winter storm watch has been canceled and the Warning is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The NWS calls for heavy snow and accumulations of 6 to 10 inches.
Expect hazardous travel conditions due to snow covered roads and poor visibility. Blowing and drifting sow is possible with Northerly winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 30-35 mph.
Visibility could be one half to a quarter of a mile at times and temperatures are expected to be below freezing around 30 degrees.
We live in New England and should know how to drive in this type of weather, but during the last snowfall state police responded to so many accidents that you’d think it was the first time some residents ever saw snow.
As a precaution, be sure to have necessary food items and water on hand. Also, fill your car with gas and make a run to the ATM because if, by chance we lose electricity gas pumps and ATMs won’t work.
Don’t forget to charge your cel phones and computers too.
Pre-arrange a visit from your friendly snow plow driver if you don’t want to, or can’t shovel because manually removing 6-10 inches of snow can take a toll on you.
Kids, enjoy your snow day!
From the OPD Facebook Page.
At this time, the Orange Police does not have any active complaints, however, we feel getting this information out is critical to our crime prevention mission.
Callers claim to be the Health Inspector asking for free food or payment for a permit, Others claim to be a utility provider (UI, Regional Water Authority) stating their bill was not paid and that if they do not pay by credit card over the phone immediately the services will be shut off and they will have to close the restaurant.
Utility companies will not call and demand payment over the phone.
Hang up immediately and look up the direct number of your utility provider from your bill to confirm any questionable contact.
Do not talk to them as they may try to record your voice.
The Health Department will never call you asking for payment over the phone or at your place of business.
If you need to make a payment to the Orange Health Department it must be in person, by mail to the Town Hall, or using our online permitting system.
Please call our office at 203-891-4733 to verify any request.
Orange Health Inspectors will not ask, nor would accept free food, drinks or services at any time.
The Orange Police will work closely with the Health Department should future calls be received.
Ø Do not give ANY information over the phone.
Ø Do not pay anyone unless you are at our office at the Town Hall.
Ø Write down any phone numbers, date and time that you are solicited and report them directly to the Orange Police Department at the non-emergency number at 203-891-2130.