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Colfax extends contract with PCSO, increases city patrols

By: Will Stockwin
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The Colfax City Council spent little time getting through a short agenda at its May 9 meeting.

The agenda’s main item dealt with the city’s annual contract extension with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) for law enforcement services for fiscal year 2018/2019. The current contract expires June 30.

The council had two proposals from PCSO to consider. The first included staying at the current service level with an increase of $9,233 or 1.42 percent, and maintaining reduced service hours Thursday through Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

That equates to a total of 386 reduced hours annually in a contract that would cost the city $657,318.

The second contract option proposed recovering half of the reduced service hours (193 hours) for an increase of $28,067 or 4.33 percent. Recovering those 193 hours would have Saturday and Sunday patrols starting at 7:30 a.m. and bring the total contract cost up to $676,152.

After an extensive contract review that included a tour of the PCSO facility in Auburn and analysis of non-emergency calls that were deferred until a patrol officer was available during the reduced hours from July 2017 to March 2018, the council’s emergency services subcommittee concluded that recovering some of the reduced hours on weekend patrols would offer better city protection for a relatively small increase in cost.

And because the upturn in the economy has allowed the city to build up a healthy financial surplus the subcommittee recommended going with the second contract option that would recover half of the reduced hours, and the entire council agreed with that recommendation on a unanimous vote. 

A provision in the new contract would allow the city to revert to its previous contract status of 386 reduced hours if the improving economy changes direction and begins to adversely impact city finances.

The city council also voted to strengthen the security system at its recently burgled corporation yard for a total of $12,500. Safe Side Security Inc. out of Woodland submitted the winning bid.

The council also approved accepting a not-to-exceed $30,000 bid from Simpson & Simpson in Newcastle to repave the hill at the end of East Church St., which was badly deteriorated during the biblical-like rains of the 2016/2017 season and subsequently closed to traffic.

Will Stockwin is the mayor of the City of Colfax.