People discuss police protection in meeting
Proposed levy at issue
Electric City residents had their opportunity to share their feelings about police protection in the city last night during a community meeting in the fire hall.
The city and Grand Coulee came together recently and agreed to a one-year extension of their law enforcement contract.
The two cities agreed on a $115,000 contract for 2015.
That would give the two municipalities about 18 months to come up with a plan of how they would jointly develop a police department.
The whole thing got off to a rocky start when Grand Coulee Mayor Chris Christopherson dished up a $209,000 contract that would gradually increase to $250,000 over its 5-year span. Electric City is paying $75,166 in the final year of its current contract.
Grand Coulee’s proposal was dead on arrival and stirred up Electric City officials, who stated that they just might start their own police department.
However, even-minded council representatives from the two cities found common ground at $115,000.
Last night’s meeting with residents was intended to guide the council on what direction the city should take and how they would feel about the city going for a primary ballot levy measure of 35 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation to pay for it.