BF-Peralta agreement approved after payment

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After the payment of a bill, village of Bosque Farms councilors agreed to amend an agreement with its neighbor for law enforcement services.

Last month, councilors considered a request from the town of Peralta to amend its agreement with the village in order to let Peralta pay its dispatch fees directly to the Valencia Regional Emergency Communications Center, instead of reimbursing the village.

The original agreement called for Peralta to pay the village $180,000 for law enforcement services, plus up to $20,000 for dispatch fees from the VRECC. Bosque Farms was billed by the center for calls dispatched to its officers for both Peralta and the Farm, and Peralta then paid the village its portion.

However, the village councilors refused to change the agreement last month since Peralta had not paid it's part of the dispatch fees for the first half of the year — about $5,000 — even though Bosque Farms had made the payment in full to the dispatch center.

At the January meeting, Mayor Bob Knowlton said he, along with Village Clerk/Administrator Gayle Jones had met with Peralta Mayor Bryan Olguin and the town's clerk to discuss the matter.

"Peralta delivered a check last week and are now caught up for what they owed," Knowlton said. "The Peralta mayor assures us they are going to pay the invoices from dispatch."

Councilor Wayne Ake moved to approve the renegotiated agreement, removing the payments for the regional dispatch.

Treasurer Deborah Kelley said the village's dispatch fees should decrease by the amount of Peralta's fees.

"There will be no revenues for dispatch, but our payment goes down. It's a wash," Kelley said.

Councilor Dolly Wallace asked if Peralta was late in making payments, would that effect the village's police department in respect to dispatch.

Jones said it shouldn't effect the village at all, since it would be paying its own dispatch fees.

"If there is an issue between Peralta and dispatch, they will need to talk directly with each other," Knowlton said.

Jones said the matter would go to the VRECC board of directors.


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