ENTIAT — The city of Entiat has reached a tentative agreement with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office that would reduce law-enforcement coverage slightly, but also lower costs.
City councilmembers will weigh the latest contract proposal Aug. 8, Mayor Keith Vradenburg said this morning.
The proposed 4-year contract would include annual cost increases of 4 percent, Vradenburg said, but policing costs will be reduced slightly to about $95,000 per year for a part-time deputy.
The cost reduction comes at a good time, Vradenburg said. The city won’t need as much policing next year, because its popular riverside camping park will be closed for extensive upgrades.
The city manages the park for the Chelan County PUD for about $50,000 annually — revenue it won’t receive while the park is closed, Vradenburg said.
The sheriff’s contract proposal is based on an annual per-deputy cost of $153,000, Vradenburg said. That’s down from the sheriff’s original offer of $172,000.
Entiat, Cashmere, Chelan and Leavenworth all rebelled at the initial offer, sparking more negotiations and exploration into forming their own or shared municipal police forces.
Talks produced the latest series of offers, which have already been accepted by Cashmere and Leavenworth. The Chelan City Council is still studying the proposal.