Dispatch relocation talks continue for County Commissioners

15 years ago

By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — The Aroostook County Commissioners met on Dec. 16 at the Caribou Courthouse for their regularly scheduled bi-weekly meeting to discuss, among other things, the former Border Patrol office in Hamlin and the dispatch relocation project.
    Bryan Jandreau, Facilities Manager for Aroostook County, provided the commissioners Paul Underwood, Norman Fournier, and Chair Paul Adams, information regarding the hopeful dispatch relocation from 15 Broadway in Houlton to 25 School Street in Houlton, which is the newly named Sheriff’s Office Building. Jandreau informed the commissioners of possible sources of funding, which include the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the JAG allocation grant, a grant through the department of Public Safety and a Fund for Rural America grant (FRAG). The commissioners voted to move forward with the relocation project: Underwood abstained from the vote.
    Vernon Ouellette, director of the Aroostook County Emergency Management Association (ACEMA), updated the commissioners on an opportunity for ACEMA to obtain a former Border Patrol office in Hamlin. According to Ouellette, town of Hamlin employees wish to obtain the building for a new town office; the building is, however, out of the price range for the town. Ouellette informed the commissioners about an opportunity for ACEMA to obtain the building at no cost to the town and possibly utilize a portion of the space for storage. ACEMA could then lease the building to the town of Hamlin. The commissioners agreed to go forward with the pursuance of a contract that would absolve The County of any costs regarding the obtaining and future upkeep of the facility.
    To fill the necessity of a vehicle for ACEMA, two grants were received on a 2010 Chevy Impala; the commissioners agreed to go with the lowest bid, which was $20,885 from Carroll’s Auto Sales of Presque Isle. The Commissioners also approved the Public Safety Grant, which enables a temporary full-time domestic violence detective and a three-year law enforcement Bargaining contract.
    The next meeting of the Aroostook County Commissioners will take place on Tuesday, Jan 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Houlton.