The contract the city of Medical Lake will enter into with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is still under negotiations but should be ready in time for the Nov. 1 start date.
“The contract with the county is looking to proceed on schedule,” said Councilmember John Pakuli during council’s meeting Tuesday night.
Originally slated to start Oct. 1, City Administrator Doug Ross said the date was pushed back to accommodate the current officers in the Medical Lake Police Department. By state law, the sheriff’s office must accept applications from the officers that will be displaced by the new contract.
Ross said the city prepared a contract that was somewhat of a hybrid of the contracts the county has between the cities of Deer Park and Spokane Valley, both of which use the sheriff’s office for police services.
That contract has been submitted to the county and awaiting approval.
“We’re basically waiting to get their mark-ups (on the contract),” Ross said.
In other council business Tuesday night, resident and employee of the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women, Marye Jorgenson approached the council in regards to studies being conducted through the state to close either or both Pine Lodge or Lakeland Village.
“We need the support of the city to get the word out to the citizens that this study is going on,” Jorgenson told the council.
She said both facilities support the city in many ways including Pine Lodge residents working at the recycling center, donations to the food bank and fundraisers in Medical Lake and many employees living in town.
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