FILLMORE -- A new state law requiring the audio and video recording of police interviews will require the Fillmore Police Department to purchase three video recorders before Jan. 1.
Marshal Darrel Bunten reported to the Fillmore Town Council at Thursday's monthly meeting that the interviews have required audio recordings in the past, but as of the beginning of 2011, accompanying video will be required.
"We need to have those readily available," Bunten said.
To meet the requirements, Bunten said the department would need in-car cameras in both of its cars, as well as video capabilities in the marshal's office at town hall.
He estimated the combined cost of the in-car recorders at around $10,000.
Council president Jeff Osborn requested Bunten's assistance in looking into the town's options for purchasing the required equipment.
Bunten also urged citizens to be more vigilant in light of some recent home break-ins around the town. He reminded citizens to document the serial numbers of all electronic devices as well as locking doors and windows.
"If you see anybody suspicious who doesn't fit, don't' be afraid to call 911," he said.
A neighborhood watch program was then discussed, with board members and citizens expressing interest. However, Osborn emphasized the program would have to be well organized and would need commitment from citizens.
Board members discussed a town clean up day for the fall, but were uncertain about getting two dumpsters. The two dumpsters from the spring clean up were not filled.
They settled on getting just one dumpster and aiming for the end of November, although no official date has been set.
Trick-or-treating in the town has been set for Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church has also expressed interest in doing a trunk-n-treat event around town hall that evening.
Thursday's meeting was a much quieter affair than previous town council meetings, as the building's furnace is no longer located in the meeting room. Heating and air units have been moved to the middle of the building, with new duct work in place.
While attempting to move the old furnace, it was determined to be near the end of its life, so a new one was purchased.
Work is ongoing in the clerk-treasurer's office to bring it up to regulations for security purposes.
Osborn also reminded the public that the funds used for the renovations to the town hall cannot be used in other areas that may be short on funding.
"The funds we're using to bring town hall up to code are available. We're short on funds in other places, but (clerk-treasurer) Wanda (Seidler) is on top of that," Osborn said.