Council ponders police agreement with Vedic City
The Fairfield City Council talked about extending police protection to Maharishi Vedic City at its meeting Monday.
The council ultimately voted 6-1 to refer the matter to the public safety committee so that the details could be worked out before the council considers it again. Tony Hammes cast the lone dissenting vote.
City Administrator Kevin Flanagan said Vedic City was agreeable to paying Fairfield $13,000 a year for police protection. He said the police already drive to Vedic City twice a day to monitor the airport.
Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey said she would feel comfortable policing Vedic City if the department had 15 officers instead of 14. Fifteen officers on staff would allow the department to have three officers on duty at all times.
Hammes said the taxpayers of Fairfield were not paying the city to police Vedic City. Furthermore, he said he had never heard of a city Fairfield’s size contracting out its police services to a nearby town.
Councilor John Revolinski gave a brief report on the status of the budget. Revolinski chairs the council’s ways and means committee, which is responsible for the budget. He said Flanagan and City Clerk Joy Messer have prepared a good budget.
The ways and means committee will meet at 5:30 Wednesday in City Hall to examine the budget in greater detail.
The council voted unanimously to hold the public hearing on the budget at the next council meeting, which is 7 p.m. Feb. 25.