The Orange Police Commission met at Town Hall on Monday, May 11.
As always the Traffic Authority portion of the meeting came first to discuss any traffic related issues, followed by the general Police Commission items.
Following were some of the topics on the agenda:
• Subdivision for 560 Lambert Road to subdivide 3.51 Acres of Residential Land to create 2 lots. The applicant went to TP&Z last week but did not have all the approvals and signatures he needed for consideration.
He told the commissioners that the existing house will be removed and two houses would go in along with two new driveways.
Police Chief Robert Gagne looked at the plans and said the sight lines would be the same as they now are.
After a brief discussion the commission unanimously approved the plans.
The applicant received the signatures he needed and will go before the TP&ZC at its next meeting.
• Safety complaint
A resident on Buttonball Road spoke to Asst. Chief Cuozzo about cars speeding in this family neighborhood and expressed her wishes for Children At Play signs as a way to help keep up to 9 kids living there safe.
All of the commissioners are familiar with the road and added the comment, “if another car is coming you may have to stop so they can get by” to the discussion.
Chief Gagne said police will monitor the traffic as much as they can.
They unanimously agreed that getting the signs asap is a priority.
ALS Trek Bike Ride
The annual Tri-State ALS Trek bike ride from Cambridge Mass to Greenwich Ct June 26-28 will come through Orange on Sunday, June 28.
Chief Gagne said the bicyclists will be riding down Route 1, Malloy and Dogwood Roads and up through Route 34 on the final day of the event.
Asst. Chief Cuozzo presented the monthly report for April.
There were two commercial burglaries last month. The first was at Fieldstone Village where someone took snowblowers. The second was at the unoccupied Orange Medical Center where construction and cleaning equipment were taken at some point, but the actual date is unknown.
A residential burglary was reported on Garden Road and Jewelry and silverware were reported missing.
Copper pipes were taken from a vacant home on Brookside Drive (in the same part of town as Garden Road)
Officers responded to a burglar alarm at another home (address not stated) and jewelry was reported missing.
In April police made 35 criminal arrests, issued 429 traffic tickets, investigated one stolen car complaint, and responded to 58 motor vehicle accidents.
• Sgt. Ray LaPlante was sent to accident reconstruction training.
• Minor leaks in the building were repaired
•Cabinetry was installed in the mobile command post
•A drain on the roof was retrofitted.
Chief Gagne said everything looks good.
Any overtime (overages) can be taken care of by end of fiscal year.
The cost of gas went down and that helped save money.
A resident wrote a letter saying an officer who helped her was patient and kind and went the extra mile.
Another resident praised an officer for ensuring her safety when she had car trouble.
The Orange Police Department will welcome four new officers at the police academy graduation in Milford on Monday, May 18.
All four officers will be sworn in on Tuesday, May 19 and then begin their on the job training.