Wilton to ask Milford for increased transparency on police dispatch

  • The New Wilton Reservoir on Sand Hill Road photographed on Tuesday. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

  • The New Wilton Reservoir on Sand Hill Road photographed on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/15/2017 10:42:02 PM

The town of Milford will be asked to share documents about technical upgrades to MACC Base with the other towns.

Joe Torre, Wilton representation to the Milford Area Communications Center board of governors, asked the Wilton Board of Selectmen at its Feb. 13 meeting to write a letter reminding Milford of its promised transparency and cooperation.

MACC Base – the regional police dispatch center housed in Milford that also serves Lyndeborough, Wilton and Mont Vernon – is trying to make plans for its future to promote officer safety and improved communications. The board of governors is requesting quotes on telecommunications equipment upgrades, and so is the town of Milford, but the two are not doing so together or through the same companies.

“No one outside the Milford representatives [to MACC Base] and Milford Board of Selectmen had seen these proposals so we have no idea what they’re talking about,” Torre said.

The selectmen from all four towns met to promote more town-to-town communication, but promised to keep the board of governors involved. At that meeting, Torre rose to ask Milford Selectmen Kevin Federico, who ran the joint-session, if he would share documents from Two-Way Communication, a communications engineering company working with Milford, with MACC Base. According to Torre, Federico responded, “Absolutely.”

“I went back and watched their film and his response was ‘Absolutely,’” he said.

Two-Way Communication will not share proposals either, saying they belong to Milford.

“I’d be in favor of writing a letter asking them to show this to us, and if you’re not willing to show this to us, why?” Selectboard Chair Kermit Williams said.

Also at the meeting, the board discussed the future of the New Wilton Reservoir off Sand Hill Road near Wilton Center. Its dam is reportedly failing.

At town meeting, the selectmen will ask Wilton residents whether they would like to look into costs of repairing the dam, lower the reservoir to relieve pressure on the dam, or drain it altogether. The decision will be purely exploratory.

The reservoir is not suitable for drinking, but is noted as a water source in case of fire in that area. There is also the possibility of opening it as a park in the future.

The next board of selectmen meeting is tonight, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. It is meeting at this irregularly scheduled time to vote to support warrant articles from last night’s budget meeting, and have a full board to officially appoint the new fire chief.

Jim Cutler, the interim chief, is expected to be appointed. He was at the meeting Monday, but all three selectmen were not there and a vote could not be taken.

He and other town officials discussed the fire chief job description, which lists steep preferred credentials. Selectman Steven McDonough said he hopes they will lead Cutler and others in the department to seek further training to continue improving the department.


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