HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen has approved the hiring of a part-time police officer.
Police Chief Joe Beaudoin said Allen Randall Jr. is a Hampstead native, went though Hampstead schools and attended Pinkerton Academy. He is presently working as a prison guard. Beaudoin said he wants to hire him with a three-month trial period to see if he is a good fit. If Randall finds he likes law enforcement and his on–the-force training goes well, he would be sent to the Police Academy at the Town’s expense.
If he should fail the academy, the town would be off the hook for the cost and the appointment to the force would be ended. Selectwoman Priscilla Lindquist said she thought this approach was a good idea. Selectman Chairman Sean Murphy didn’t have any comment, having talked with Beaudoin previously as the police liaison. Beaudoin asked that Randall’s start date be Sept. 3.
The board discussed painting the exterior of Town Hall. It had a bid from Jeff Ayers of Odds and Ends Painting for $3,140 to scrape and paint the front and right side of the building. The board is concerned that the money already committed to work on the Town Hall cupola won’t leave sufficient funds for painting, and no budget printout was available to check.
Ayers had broken down the bid, and if the board decided to do only the front of the building, it would be $1,500 plus the cost of paint. The selectmen decided to approve painting the front of the building for the proposed $1,500 plus materials, subject to there being sufficient funds. Selectmen’s Administrative Assistant Sally Theriault said she would check the budget to see if there were sufficient funds and if so, would let Ayers know.
In other business Monday night:
• A public hearing was held for gifts and grants the town had received. There were three to be considered: A parcel of land at 15 Hilltop Lane, valued at $18,200, with $200 owed in taxes; the parcel was donated to the town. A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant of $7,444.80 for the October 2012 storm damages. And a gift of the necessary telephone equipment (27 phones) and resources to move the Hampstead Police Department system into the new building and upgrade it, including programming and installation and one day of training, from the Trustees of the Longmeadow Trust, Auburn, Michael Higgins and Anne Ackerson.
There was no comment from the public on any of the gifts or grants and the public hearing was closed. The board then approved each item unanimously.
• The board asked that going forward, it have a budget to refer to at each meeting.