Negotiators meet on inter-city police contract
Grand Coulee Councilmember David Tylor said that a meeting Thursday with two Electric City council members to discuss a new law enforcement contract went better than he expected.
Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson had stated before negotiations could be started that, “They need us, we don’t need them.”
“It was like throwing the gauntlet down,” Tylor said.
Surprisingly, the meeting with John Nordine and Aaron Derr, the two Electric City council members on the negotiating team, went very well, he said.
“I got the impression that Electric City is agreeable to a raise in the contract rate, but not $209,000,” Tylor said.
The second member of Grand Coulee’s council team, Erin Neilson, did not attend the session, nor did either mayor.
Electric City now pays Grand Coulee $75,166 for police protection, but a spreadsheet sent to city officials by Mayor Christopherson is asking for $209,000, with increases each of the succeeding four years.
Police Chief Mel Hunt was bypassed in preparing the information.
“We don’t understand where the mayor got his numbers, but I plan to ask him,” Tylor stated.
Electric City Mayor Jerry Sands has said that the city expected to pay more when the new contract came up, but not 279 percent of the current one.
The two cities have not scheduled a second negotiating session.