Waitsburg City Council to consider changing agreement with Sherrif's office

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WAITSBURG - The City Council will consider making changes in an agreement between the city and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s office in a special meeting Tuesday.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the Lions Club Community Building at the Fairgrounds.

The proposed addendum modifies an agreement approved in late 1999.

Amendments include specifying the Sheriff’s Office provide at least 60 hours per week of law enforcement services in the city.

The amendment includes a description of services expected, including have a deputy specifically assigned to Waitsburg who would live within the city limits.

Among the duties of deputies policing Waitsburg would be patrolling on foot and in a cruiser, and monitoring the safety of traffic, "including but not limited to speeding, U-turns on Main Street and illegal parking.

Other duties would interacting with the community by visiting parks, businesses, residents and the school, and making regular safety checks on buildings and businesses particularly at night when the bars close.

Payment for the 2010 calendar year would be $11,544.08 per month, according to the proposal.

The council met Friday afternoon in a workshop to fine-tune the proposal.

Copies of the addendum are available at City Hall, 147 Main St.

Public comment during the meeting Tuesday may be limited. Written testimony can be forwarded to the council, P.O. Box 35, Waitsburg, WA 99361, according to a notice about the meeting.

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