Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
August 4, 2004
Members present: Merwin Armstrong, Vice Chair; Marilyn Brown; Tom Hartnett; Kurt Behrenfeld; Larry Cornell
Others present: Ann Homer, Bob Duell, Lee Price, Roy Lewis, Jane Goldner, Kim of the Cortland Standard, Ed Desmond
Absent: Dave Wern, Chairman; Kay Breed (Both individuals notified the committee of their absence)
Mr. Armstrong called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.
Mrs. Brown moved adoption of the minutes; seconded by Mr. Cornell. All members voting in favor; none opposed; minutes approved.
1. Accept Fixed Asset Gift, Fire and Emergency Management (Fire Truck) Mr. Cornell moved adoption; seconded by Mrs. Brown. All members voting in favor; none opposed; motion adopted.
2. Accept Grant /Amend Budget, Fire and Emergency Management/Records Systems Grant (NYS Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund) Mr. Cornell moved adoption; seconded by Mr. Cornell. All members voting in favor; none opposed; motion adopted.
Sheriff Price explained that the Tower Project is moving along nicely. The radios have not been purchased yet. Landscaping will be done this afternoon. Sheriff Price indicated that we need to get releases from the radio companies who will be on the property relieving us of damages should an injury to them occur. Sheriff Price wants to get the trailer out of there. He wants to get everything done before winter. Ed will run the bulldozer and do the grading up at the tower property so that it will look nice up there. Sheriff Price wants the building to be easily seen. Some trees needs to be cut down.
Mr. Cornell suggested that the committee have a meeting in the PSB and then have a tour of the jail.
3. Sheriff Price reported that the jail is full but is not overflowing. There are not inmates being house in the recreation room at this time. He reinforced that there are individuals coming in to the community who are selling drugs and they need to be in jail. The law enforcement agencies are working together on arresting these drug dealers, so the jail will be overflowing again.
4. Sheriff Price distributed a pamphlet entitled "Operation Safeguard", which is a effort to provide a way to report suspicious activity that could be related to terrorism. We should all be aware of what is going on in our community and report activity that is out of the ordinary. Mr. Hartnett asked if there is any educational program to go along with these pamphlets. Sheriff Price reported that Officer Helms is working on a news release to accompany this. This initiative has been reported on the television, radio, and in the newspaper, so it should not come as a surprise to anyone. Mr. Behrenfeld asked if definitions of "suspicious activity" have been provided. Sheriff Price reported that anything out of the ordinary should be reported.
5. There was a brief discussion about the presence of gangs in the community how they function and the closeness of the members of the gang. There was also discussion of the recent convictions of gang members.
6. Jane Goldner provided a brief overview of the recent presentation about electronic monitoring. They are working on later in August have a demonstration. Dave Hartnett has volunteered to be an individual to have one of the monitors and Mrs. Goldner believes that we will have some other individuals volunteer as well. The company who gave the presentation has been proven through trial and error by other counties to be the best provider of equipment and services.
7. Mr. Duell wanted to clarify the memo about the MCI trailer. It has been stored in the past at the TLC facility. We now have storage space at the Armory for this trailer, which will provide quicker access to this trailer. There is an inventory requirement and minor repairs which must be done. The inventory will be provided at a future meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.