Plainfield OKs pay for full-time police chief

Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2021 7:50:33 PM

PLAINFIELD — Voters at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting approved a pay increase that will allow the police chief to become a full-time position.

Fire Chief David Alvord said there was “a lot of discussions pro and con” on the matter. But in the end, voters agreed on $107,892 for police pay, the amount requested in the budget.

The money will serve to pay both the chief and other officers.

Saturday afternoon’s Town Meeting was outdoors amid wind and cold, and Alvord said it drew more than 100 people. “We pulled it off,” he said.

Laurie Israel, the town moderator, said there wasn’t a lot of strife at the meeting. “It was a very peaceful and civil Town Meeting,” she said.

Of the 32 articles on the warrant, 29 passed.

Article 13, which would have authorized the town to borrow $120,000 for the purchase of a used grader, failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote. Meanwhile, residents voted to take no action on Article 22, a citizens petition that would have restricted the use of unmuffled Jake Brakes in town. Jake Brakes, also known as compression release engine brakes, are noisy, and some municipalities have taken action against them.

Article 21, introduced by the Historical Commission, would have created a yearlong delay before certain historically significant buildings could be demolished, but voters sent the article back for further study.

This was Israel’s last Town Meeting as moderator, as she chose not to run for reelection this year. She said she’s appreciated how residents have conducted themselves at the meetings she’s moderated.

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