Town officials in Moretown discussed law enforcement and training with First Constable Mike Demingware at the May 3 select board meeting.
Demingware told select board members that he had received zero calls since he was elected in March.
The first constable also said he would be willing to attend the
necessary training at the Vermont Police Academy. An anticipated change
in state statute will severely limit the authority of the elected
constables unless constables complete 186 hours of training, in three
phases, at the Vermont Police Academy.
Former First Constable Ray Munn said that Moretown Representative Maxine Grad was working on extending the deadline to receive training to two years.
Since his election, Demingware said he has spent time driving and getting familiar with several town roads; he requested detailed maps of the town's trails and told town officials that he would enforce registration of four-wheelers and make sure the trails were clearly marked.
When asked what he thought his responsibilities included, Demingware said, "To enforce the ordinances we do have"; in addition to patrolling the roads, he said he would also patrol the trails.
Select board members suggested that Demingware purchase a badge to indicate that he is an elected official and the town would reimburse him. Town officials discussed the constable's budget and told Demingware that it was approximately $1,000.
In April, the town renewed their contract with the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Voters approved a $4,500 article to supplement the existing $5,500 in the law enforcement budget.
Town officials decided to use the $4,500 from the article to fund the law enforcement contract and keep the budgeted $5,500 intact.
In the past, the town has budgeted $10,000 to contract with the sheriff's department for eight hours per week at a cost of approximately $25 per hour plus mileage. Town officials voted to drop the contract in January due to budgetary concerns.