“Collie” and “The Crime Fighter” are no longer working for the Lincoln Sheriff’s Department. On Jan. 18, Sheriff Todd Brackett honored retired deputies Brian Collamore and Chad Gilbert with plaques commemorating their service. “We haven’t been able to thank them properly due to COVID-19. We call Brian ‘Collie, ’and Chad, ‘The Crime Fighter’ because when I asked him what he was doing, he always responded ‘Just fighting crime.’”
Brackett also announced Two Bridges Regional Jail had a COVID-19 outbreak on Jan. 13 which impacted inmates and staff. He provided no other details.
In other action, Brackett received authorization for six purchase orders. Commissioners approved three body camera purchases totaling $3,708. Brackett received authorization for a subscription to Justice Planning Management Association’s online training platform. The annual cost is $3,000. Commissioners approved $7,959.30 for equipment, sirens, ligths, etc., for two new cruisers. Commissioners also approved $2,698.50 for new personal light beacons for officers. The beacons illuminate officers so they are easily seen at accidents. Other purchase orders were $34,611.29 for a Tri-Tech Computer System annual maintenance agreement and $3,795 for duty ammunition. The department recently received ammunition ordered in January 2021.
County Communications Director Tara Doe received commissioners’ approval for four purchase orders. Commissioners authorized a $5,885 invoice to Cowan’s Property Management for road repairs at the Huntoon Hill Tower site in Wiscasset. Cowan’s widened the road by cutting trees and improved drainage along the site, according to Doe. Commissioners authorized a new Zetron workstation service agreement for $7,875. Doe also received approval for a $16,188 “I Am Responding” software annual subscription. Doe described the software as allowing the communication center to communicate with all county fire departments and emergency management services. “The computer-based system sends alerts to members and personally updates dangerous situations,” she said.
The communications center will also update its state Car-to-Car Base radio system which is in the courthouse’s basement. The system allows communications to non-digital receivers. Doe described the system as necessary to communicate with Maine Yankee and other agencies without digital capability. The new system costs $4,740.80.
The communications center is also upgrading its booster system in Bristol. A system upgrade and move will occur at the New Harbor fire station, where the system is in the attic and in the station’s downstairs section. The new equipment will be all on a downstairs shelf and provide better reception, Doe said.
Commissioners approved a three-year building automation contract with Siemens for $36,862. Siemens monitors three county buildings’ heating and air condition systems.
Commissioners reappointed Chief Deputy Rand Maker, Commissioner Hamilton Meserve and Denise Marr to three-year terms on the Two Bridges Regional Jail board. The meeting ended with two executive sessions. One discussed labor contracts, and the other pertained to a legal counsel’s communication.
Commissioners meet next at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the county courthouse.