MEDWAY, Maine — Town leaders are investigating what it would cost to start their own police department.
Town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said she is assembling cost estimates for the Board of Selectmen that she plans to present to the board.
The suggestion comes from Selectman David Dickey, who raised it during a recent board meeting. Minutes to the meeting don’t state exactly why Dickey raised the issue, and Lee said she didn’t know.
“It was just something he came out with,” Lee said.
Town officials are preparing their 2012-13 budget, which is usually adopted effective July 1, and town leaders often seek cost estimates for various ideas as part of discussing their feasibility, Lee said.
Along those lines, selectmen are considering consolidating the town fire department with East Millinocket and have hired a former Brewer fire chief to help them select a fire chief to replace John Lee, who retired late last year after about 30 years of service. No one has decided yet whether to hire a new chief or to consolidate departments.
The town has contracted with East Millinocket for its police service for more than 10 years. State police and Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies also supplement regular patrols when they ride through town.