Council agrees on contract with sheriff
The Estacada City Council said 'yes' to an intergovernmental agreement with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services.
Councilors approved the agreement during a meeting on Monday, June 25. The Sheriff's Office will begin responding to Estacada's calls in October.
The contract with the Sheriff's Office includes a fulltime and part time patrol officer. Deputies will be stationed in Estacada for 10 hours a day, every day of the week.
The estimated cost of the contract is $529,495.71 for the upcoming fiscal year. Within that number, $304,797.48 will fund dedicated police services; $12,506.05 for fuel and vehicle maintenance; $19,827.88 for quartermaster and vehicle costs; additional police services will be $120,747.16 and police support services will be $71,617.15
From July through October, the city of Estacada will pay $44,125 each month for deputy training.
Estacada has contacted with neighboring Sandy for police services since 2013. Prior to that, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office provided law enforcement in the city. The Sandy Police Department will serve Estacada through October.
Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine said the most valuable element of contracting with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be the additional resources they offer, noting that they have two cars for county patrol already in the area in addition to the deputies that will soon be within city limits.
"They have a lot to offer. They have a large reaching number of cars," Drinkwine said. "We're putting the county in place, and they will put a lot back into the city."
He added that with Estacada's growing population, the additional resources will be particularly valuable.
"We're going to need more extensive coverage," he said.
Earlier this year, Estacada city councilors opted to explore different options for law enforcement, including continuing to contract with the Sandy Police Department under a different agreement. Though Sandy opted not to submit a bid, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office did.
Under the city's current contract with the Sandy Police Department, Estacada receives 80 hours of patrol each week. For these services, along with the cost of the school resource officer that the city and school district share, the city of Estacada pays $413,000 annually.
"Sandy has been wonderful, but we're at the point in time where we need to make choices and we need to move along," Drinkwine said.
In other news from the City Council meeting:
Councilors approved a $17,007,108 city budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which is a $5,692,422 increase from the previous year's budget. The recently-approved budget includes several significant projects, including a second water reservoir and the next phase of the industrial park. Within the budget's general fund, administration costs increased by $35,190 because a code enforcement officer will be hired as a city employee rather than contracted through the Sandy Police Department.
Councilors approved a supplemental budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which represents additional revenue received through building permits, grants and other payments.
Diana Turk read a letter in support of adding a splash pad in Wade Creek Park, rather than in Campanella Estates as is suggested in the city's recently-approved Parks Master Plan.
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It costs just a few cents a day.)