5/31/2018 3:02:00 PM LAPD agreement finalized by Chisago and Lindstrom
With minimal discussion, and a positive recommendation by the Chisago City Police Commission, the Chisago City Council May 22 accepted proposed changes to the police joint powers agreement with the City of Lindstrom. On the recommendation of City Attorney Thomas Miller, the changes were accepted as amendments to the existing contract rather than creating a new contract.
Miller recommended that the original police joint powers agreement be amended, rather than replaced, so that amendments can be tracked over time.
“I didn’t want it to look like the old agreement went away,” Miller told the council. Miller said he had notified Lindstrom’s city attorney earlier that day. Lindstrom’s attorney replied that he had received Miller’s version of the amended contract but had not had time to review it prior to the Chisago City Council Meeting. In his review of the proposed changes, Miller had also made a number of typographical/formatting edits and corrections.
Based on Miller’s recommendation, the Chisago City Council voted to approve the amendments to the policing agreement in concept and to direct Miller and City Administration John Pechman to work with Lindstrom to perfect the amended contract language. Following the unanimous vote, Mayor Bob Gustafson said, “We look forward to many years of partnership,” in joint policing.
The new agreement states that when police call volume exceeds 625 calls per officer, based on 8.3 officers, additional officers may be needed. If one community is exceeding the other by over 10 percent of call volume for the preceding three years, that community would be required to pay the cost of employing additional personnel.
The term of the contract is also extended from five to 12 years.
The May 22 vote culminates months of negotiations re-wording the contract which was up for renewal as of June.
The Lindstrom City Council met in special session May 23 to ratify the Lakes Area Police Joint Powers Agreement, for a 12-year duration. The contract span was increased as part of negotiations to fine tune the cost-sharing document. In negotiation sessions the cities agreed that elongating the term of the contract would bring a sense of greater job stability to officers and other staff.
Lindstrom Council member Kevin Stenson commented, “Both of the cities compromised on original positionsto make sure both sities will continue to be best-served in public safety...community support was key in this endeavor, thank you to everyone who supported the process.”