Wednesday, September 30, 2015


At last night’s Town Council Workshop, the Council discussed three topics.  Below is a small summary of each:

1.    Dispatch Consolidation Discussion – Town Manager, Diane Barnes started off by telling the Council of the savings this project would save the town.  The saving was between $140,000.00 and $150,000.00.  This was a different figure from what the Town Council quoted of $190,000.00 by Chairman Pesce.  Next, Sheriff Samson explained that the grant the county had applied for was disapproved because of technical problems.  Sheriff Samson also explained that he had applied to the County Commissioners for approximately $230,000.00 is placed in their budget for approval.   The Town Manager explained that the Lisbon Dispatch is costing annually $337,000.00 of taxpayers’ dollars.  Chief Brooks spoke asking questions of Sheriff Samson, who is not a Subject Matter Expert (SME), in the field of Communications.  Sheriff Samson did his best to resolve all of Chief Brooks’ questions.   

2.    Police Officer Vacancy Discussion - Next the Town Manager asked to start the process to fill a Patrol Officer position.  The Town Council authorized the Town Manager and Chief Brooks to start the process.

3.   Shooting Range Ordinance – There were approximately 15 to 20 citizens to talk about incidents at the Shooting Range and how to control noise and mishaps.  The town currently does not have an Ordinance to cover the range so the Council agreed to form a committee to draft up an ordinance to cover the Shooting Range.

The discussions lasted approximately one and half hours.

Larry Fillmore