Police thanked for efforts in New Year's altercation.
STURBRIDGE - Selectmen wished Police Officer Daniel P. Hemingway a speedy recovery and thanked neighboring police departments for their mutual aid efforts during an underage drinking party on New Year's Eve at 57 Allen Road.
Sturbridge Police Officer Daniel P. Hemingway was seriously injured in an altercation in an upstairs bedroom after he and Officer Joseph D. Lombardi attempted to put Gideon J. Docimo, 21, of 12 Richardson Road, West Brookfield, in protective custody, according to court records.
Mr. Docimo was arraigned Jan. 3 in Dudley District Court on charges of aggravated assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and selling alcohol to a minor. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Police charged 18 others, including a juvenile, with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and being minors in possession of alcohol.
"On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I extend our thoughts and prayers to Officer Dan Hemingway, who was injured in the line of duty while providing much valued service to the citizens of this community. We wish him a full and speedy recovery," Thomas R. Creamer, chairman of the board of selectmen, said at the beginning of this week's board meeting.
"Equally, we extend our thanks to the entire Sturbridge Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police and the communities of Brookfield and Charlton for their assistance in helping to contain an extremely volatile situation. We are grateful for the valor and the professionalism they exercised while addressing this situation."
On a 4-0 vote, the selectmen will send letters of appreciation to the Brookfield and Charlton police departments, as well as the state police.
In other business:
To reduce interest costs, selectmen authorized the town treasurer to provide for the sale and issuance of refunding bonds for
two of the town's general obligation municipal purpose loans ($4,228,000 for 1998 and $6,212,000 for 2002).
The board would need to approve the refunding bonds after final interest rates and other terms are known.
Finance Director Barry Barry has compiled figures from Eastern Bank, the town's financial adviser, which indicates a potential savings of $290,000 over the term of the borrowing.
If interest rates should rise between now and bond issuance, for each 0.25 percent increase, the town's savings would decrease by $50,000 to $55,000, Town Administrator Shaun A. Suhoski said.
The board approved the placement of a Rotary Club banner on the pole inside Rotary Park at Main Street (Route 20) and Cedar Street.
Richard Vaughan, who presented the proposal, told the board that the holders for a banner are already on the pole, but there was never a banner there. The banner will have the Rotary International emblem and the inscription "Sturbridge Rotarians. Great people doing great things for Sturbridge."
Dennis Clark of Brookfield has been appointed as a mechanic in the town's Department of Public Works. This is a 40-hour position with benefits, covered under the Service Employees International Union collective bargaining agreement. The starting wage is $19.03 per hour.
Jean Gately and Betty Jo Sigler have been appointed to the Council on Aging, with terms expiring in 2012.