Baileyville Renews MOU with Calais Police Department

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

On Monday, February 12th, the Baileyville Town Council authorized Chief Bob Fitzsimmons to sign a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] with the Calais Police Department. The MOU has been a long-standing tradition between the two towns, but it has been missed for the last few years. The MOU makes official the mutual support between the two towns for emergency response to particular calls when officers from the local department aren’t immediately available. The MOU also covers liability when Baileyville responds to a call in Calais. Memorandums such as this are also in effect with other agencies in Washington County and puts on paper the well-working and respected relationship the two police departments have already. 

Chief Fitzsimmons provided a briefing to the Council on the State’s proposal to close five county jails, including Washington County Jail in Machias. The proposal calls for the closure of the five county jails to go to a regional jail system. With the pending closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility, the added closure of the Washington County Jail would mean a drive to Ellsworth or Bangor to deliver prisoners. 

Recreation Director Mike Boies thanked Machias Savings Bank for the money they donated to purchase the new scoreboard at the elementary school. The new scoreboard is now the same as the one at the high school. 

The town also is looking to upgrade the town’s website to make it more user-friendly. Currently, the website is minimally sufficient and doesn’t provide much information about the town. The new website would be more appealing and provide people looking at Baileyville with more information regarding town ordinances, town charters, as well as forms and info residents may need to know. 

Looking ahead to the budget season, the town council set a series of dates for budget meetings. According to Town Manager Christopher Loughlin, most preliminary budgets look similar to last year. Meetings are currently set for February 28, March 7, and March 14 at 5:30 p.m. 

In looking at the upcoming budget time, Jamie McLaughlin asked that the town consider the extension of the lawn mowing and hauling and curbside pickup contracts. Extending these contracts would give the Public Works Department strong figures to work within their budget. 

The town looked at the Tax Acquired Properties they hold. The town wants to make sure that the properties that were sold have agreements in them to bring them up to the standards set by the town before attaining the quick claim deed. This practice would help ensure that houses purchased will be maintained and taken care of. Town Manager Loughlin will look into the possibility of this addition before the next meeting. 

The next meeting will be held on February 26 at 5:30 p.m.