Decision made in response to report from city’s insurance company

By Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

At their regular meeting Tuesday, March 27, the Hines Common Council voted unanimously to give the City of Burns a 90-day notice, effective June 30, 2012, to terminate the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for police services.

The motion also included, effective immediately, that Police Chief Randy Cook is not to respond to any activity in Hines nor supervise, direct or perform duties in Hines unless directed to do so by the city administration.

The motion was in response to a report received from City/County Insurance Services (CIS) that cited liability and indemnification concerns with the IGA.

Councilor Dick Baird noted, before he made the motion, “We have to protect the City of Hines.”

There was some discussion as to how the decision would affect the officers responding between the two cities and Chief Cook stated the cities need to look at reviewing the previous mutual aid agreement.

Police Sergeant Ryan DeLange stated that they are still getting a lot of reports of car break-ins.

The crimes seem to be occurring between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and DeLange encouraged residents to lock their vehicles.

In other business:

• Councilor Dick Anderson thanked citizens for their recyclable can contributions. The money will be used for park improvements and so far, the city has collected about $400 in donations;

• in regard to the $33,000 received by the city with the sale of two police vehicles, the council voted to put $10,000 toward the purchase of a new tractor and the remaining $23,000 into the general fund;

• the council voted to donate $125 to the Kids Club of Harney County;

• City Administrator Joan Davies reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working with a company to re-map the City of Hines to determine the flood plain. She noted that the new mapping may change the determination of two areas of the city;

• the council voted to sign an agreement for a DMV activity report, as recommended by CIS.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at city hall.

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