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Lyndeborough police budget down slightly over 2012

  • Lyndeborough Select Board and officer in charge<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Lyndeborough Select Board and officer in charge

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Officer in Charge Rance Deware, left, discusses the Lyndborough Police Department budget with Select Board members Kevin Boette, center, and Arnie Byam.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Officer in Charge Rance Deware, left, discusses the Lyndborough Police Department budget with Select Board members Kevin Boette, center, and Arnie Byam.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Lyndeborough Select Board and officer in charge<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Officer in Charge Rance Deware, left, discusses the Lyndborough Police Department budget with Select Board members Kevin Boette, center, and Arnie Byam.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

LYNDEBOROUGH — The Police Department budget for 2013 is down slightly, according to a preliminary version that Officer in Charge Rance Deware reviewed with the Select Board on Dec. 12.

The draft budget called for $225,681, a 0.35 percent decrease.

With the addition of Ashley Pepelis as a second full-time officer and salary increases for Officer Zach Byam after he graduates from the police academy and completes his probationary period, the wages line for full-time officers will increase from $40,598 to $66,200.

But the part-time wages category will drop significantly, from $102,482 to $38,263.

“With two full-timers, we won’t need nearly as much part-time,” Deware told the board.

The 2013 budget for the officer in charge – a 32 hour a week position – will be $45,820. This year, the position was budgeted at $32,928 and the actual expenditures through Dec. 7, have been $37,495.

The wage calculations include a 2.5 percent cost of living increase for Deware and the part-timers to be given 11 weeks into the year.

Deware is also recommending $5,939 to hire an administrative assistant to work eight hours a week, to handle correspondence, paperwork and database projects.

“It will enable me to get out more on the road,” he told the Select Board.

Deware recommended leaving the overtime budget at $4,000, even though the department has spent $6,476 in overtime this year. He said having a full staff should reduce the need for overtime.

An addition to the proposed budget is $8,000 to contract for prosecutor service with the Wilton Police Department. Deware said he has discussed the possibility with Wilton Police Chief Brent Hautanen, who was receptive to the idea.

After Select Board member Kevin Boetee asked if the Wilton Select Board was in agreement, Town Administrator Kate Thorndike said the Wilton officials “are a little hot under the collar about another issue,” referring to the dispute over the allocation of school expenses that led to Wilton’s paying about $142,000 too much in 2010 school taxes.

“That’s a separate issue,” Boette said.

Resident Lee Mayhew asked why Deware and the board would consider having Wilton do the prosecution work. Boette said it would free Lyndeborough officers for other duties rather than having to appear frequently in court and Deware said using a regional prosecutor has been very effective in other towns where he has worked.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com.

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