The village council of New Boston held their regular meeting on Tuesday. All council members were present, but Mayor, Junior Williams, who was out-of-town, therefore, council member, Dan Fetty presided in his absence.
Mr. Fetty discussed the upcoming Christmas parade and Breakfast with Santa coming up on Saturday, December 1st in New Boston. He mentioned that anyone that was planning on helping out that day with the breakfast, be there by 8:15 or 8:30 a.m.
During the reading of the Mayor’s report, Councilman Don Raike asked to discuss the Axon body camera contract, from that report with Police Chief Steve Goins. He directed his questions to Police Chief Steve Goins about the five year contract. Chief Goins stated that the contract is such that the village will receive 30 cameras and data storage for the five years. Chief Goins continued that they will receive 10 Body Camera II cameras now. These cameras he said, are a high definition camera, with better night vision and sound. Then, in two and a half years, they will receive 10 more of a newer version called Body Camera III that is to come out at the end of 2019.
Goins stated, “Those cameras have GPS locators in them, so if something happens to the officer, the dispatcher can get on a program and see exactly where that officer is at and it also has a gun shot recognition detector, if there are gunshots, it will send an alert to the dispatcher, that the officer is in a gunshot situation.”
And then Axon estimates at the end of this contract, they’ll have a newer camera come out, which will be a Body Camera IV, with even more technology and they will receive the last 10 cameras at that time. He added that each set of cameras would be the newest and most up-to-date version with GPS locators and firearm discharge detectors.
In response to Council member, Jon Mills about ownership of the cameras, Chief Goins stated they are not leased, they will belong to the department. Chief Goins stated that right now, they have their own storage system, but after the purchase of these cameras, they are getting up-to-date technology with storage included and will be paying less than if they had to buy new cameras.
After the reading and approval of the Mayor’s report, Village Administrator, Steve Hamilton discussed the work with the sewage company and mentioned that the next phase will be after the new year and will effect West Avenue and some part of Gallia Street.
Chief Goins next, wanted to recognize Police Officer Ethan Carmichael for his apprehension of two criminals from the Columbus area who robbed a person and stole her car. He read a certificate for Carmichael that read, “During his course of his employment with the New Boston Police Department, he has exhibited outstanding conduct while in the line of duty and shows his dedication to law enforcement and our community”. The council members acknowledged Officer Carmichael and stated congratulations for him.
The council then heard the first reading of two ordinances for the village and suspended the rules and then adopted the ordinances. The council listened to the reading of a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with Axon Enterprise for the purchase of police body cameras and date a storage, and declaring an emergency. The resolution was after a suspending of the rules, adopted.
Council member, Mills, then brought up some details about the Christmas parade. He stated that anyone who wants to participate in the parade on December 1st, can receive an application at the Mayor’s office or on Facebook on the New Boston Community Events site, and it can printed off, from that site. The applications need to be in by noon on November 30th. Mills also mentioned that only the marching bands can be on foot for this year’s parade, all others need be on a vehicle of some sort or trailers. The parade is to start at 5:00 pm. and participants need be there at 4:00 p.m. Clerk Lana Loper, added that they had ordered a tree and they will be having their first tree lighting at the end of the parade, when they come over for coffee and refreshments, and Fire Chief Chris Davis stated that the Church of the Nazarene’s choir will be coming to sing Christmas carols at that time also.
The meeting was then adjourned for the evening.
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