Farmington Council Supports Purchase of Printers for Cruisers

FARMINGTON — Selectmen on Tuesday approved funding for seven printers for police cruisers, allowing officers to submit tickets to the state faster than by mail, type and print search warrants at crime scenes and other required documents.

Deputy Chief Shane Cote told selectors the police department applied for a grant to purchase and install the Maine eCitation system printers.

The printers will help with the organization and timely submission of tickets to the offenses office, Côté said.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety grant would provide up to $600 per printer, cables, docking station and paper used for traffic control, Cote said. Seven printers would be installed in the cruisers, he noted. There is a 20% match required, with a total cost of around $8,200, he added.

“If we get the grant, the funds have to be (accepted) by April 1,” Côté said.

The next meeting of elected officials will be on April 12, he said.

The match could pay for the facility, Côté said. It’s quite complicated, to connect them and make them work properly, he noted. “If they do, they can get up and do all seven in a couple of hours, instead of us spending a few hours in a car.”

Cote said: “Currently we have 10 days to get a copy of the summonses and mail them to the violations office, that’s a pretty quick turnaround. If they don’t receive it in time, (the ticket) is rejected.

Tickets will be submitted electronically, but the person driving the car still needs a copy to know what to do, Côté said.

“Is there an ongoing computer program that we would need to pay for? coach Joshua Bell asked.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety purchased the licenses and intends to continue paying for them, Côté said. The cost would be minimal if they choose not to, he noted.

“It funnels money into the state,” Police Chief Kenneth Charles said. It gives them money faster, they will support that, he added.

“Good thing about having printers in cruisers, if we had a barricaded subject on Temple Road we would be able to type in and print out a search warrant rather than removing a resource from the scene,” Charles said. “It gives us a lot of capabilities.”

Printing witness statements and intrusion notices are shared examples.

“It makes you more efficient,” coach Matthew Smith said.

Selectmen accepted $4,200 in anticipation of the grant award and approved expenditures of up to $4,500 from the police department’s IT reserve account after the grant was awarded for the project.

In other cases counsel:

• Approval to spend up to $100 from the special events account to purchase two poop stations. Resident Pam Poisson offered to donate $400 for the stations, which would be installed in Meeting House and Bjorn parks.

• Adoption of an amendment to the Adult Use and Medical Marijuana Ordinance regarding the distance between adult use and medical marijuana businesses. The amendment will allow Blue Sky to move its adult use license from Mercer to its Farmington facility on Wilton Road and add 12 or more new jobs. The city center will not be impacted.

• Adoption of an amendment to the Adult and Medical Marijuana Use Ordinance stating that once a license has been issued by elected officials, the licensee has one year to begin a license. business activity and obtain a license from the state.

• We learned of the Earth Day activities scheduled for 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on April 22. Participants must meet in front of the Pierce House. Prizes for different categories were offered by downtown businesses.

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