To the Editor:
I think that in Ely we have forgotten about the role of our police department – “To Protect & To Serve”.Presently if you have a frivolous infraction such as a broken license plate light, or change lanes without signaling, you can bet you’ll get pulled over by the police, hoping to snare you on a DUI.
In a small town like ours, why are so many locals afraid of the police. How about using our police to protect our school children, instead of having three patrol cars pulling over one car, use these officers to protect our schools.
Letter to the Editor:
Going back to April 9, 2015. Ely City Council meeting, members present were Mayor Van Camp, Councilmembers Derbidge, Carlgren, Westlund and Hanson. Setterstrom was absent. Attorney Odgers also present. Agenda Item 6. Councilman Westlund-Councilman Setterstrom-City Attorney Odgers. Discussion/For Possible Action – Approval of FY16-FY22 Interlocal Agreement for Police Protection between City of Ely and White Pine County.
This agreement was passed unanimously and was signed by Mayor Van Camp and City Administrator Switzer. In this signed agreement was Section 13.1. Termination: This agreement may be terminated at any time by either Party upon providing the other party with one hundred and eighty (180) days prior written notice to the other party at the address set for in Article XIII, Section 13.5.
City Election is held in June 2015, new Council Members are Kurt Carson, Pat Robison and Jolene Gardner. During the July 23, 2015 Council meeting (second meeting for this people) along with Mayor Van Camp, Setterstrom and Hanson. Odgers is absent but available via phone.
There is an agenda item under old business.
1. Council Members-City Administrator Switzer-City Attorney Odgers. For Discussion/For Possible Action – Approval of FY16-FY22 Interlocal Agreement for Police Protection between the City of Ely and White Pine County. Switzer stated this was passed by County Commission yesterday. Setterstrom made the motion to approve, Carson seconded. Motion carried unanimously. The above mentioned Section 13.1. Termination was REMOVED from the agreement the Mayor and Switzer signed April 9, 2015. The new agreement included Section 14.1. Termination was added to this agreement. Stating: This agreement shall be reopened for renegotiation of terms, or possible termination, if and when the City of Ely has its own, and deploys in the City of Ely, Nevada P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officers.
The concern is who authorized the deletion of the first termination clause and added the new clause? Where and when was the authorized action approved, it is not in the typed minutes, so is it on the taped recording of the July 23, 2015 meeting?
The newly elected Council members barely knew what chair to sit in, much less about this agreement which effecting hog tied the City’s option of an out clause. Why wasn’t the posted agenda item worded as being “REVISED” which would have alerted the public and the new Council members of the change from the April 9, 2015 agreement?
I believe there may be an Open Meeting violation by not advertising to the public the first agreement was changed. A change that has placed a financial burden on the City of Ely.
During the month of March 2018, Councilman Carson directed Switzer to solicit proposals for possible options of a City Police force at a lower cost to replace White Pine County Sheriff’s Department. As of now I haven’t heard or seen anything from Switzer regarding Carson’s request.