Commissioners OK Sheriff’s Office, fire contracts

The Linn County Board of Commissioners approved new contracts between the Linn County Sheriff’s Office – which will provide dispatch services – and area fire agencies at its weekly meeting Tuesday morning, May 31.

Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger were present in the boardroom; Will Tucker participated by telephone.

New contracts are: Albany Fire, $267,293; Sweet Home Fire, Lebanon Fire, $173,595; $81,002; Brownsville Fire, $18,123; Halsey-Shedd Fire, $18,165; Harrisburg Fire, $21,577; Scio Rural Fire, 20,942; Sweet Home Fire, $81,002; Tangent Rural Fire, $18,420.

The commissioners also approved a contract shift for retired deputy Craig Vogt, who is moving from full-time to 20 hours per week to assist the Sheriff’s Office during the busy summer months.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Approved an intergovernmental agreement between Benton and Linn counties that will allow the former to place juveniles in the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Center, four beds at a daily contract rate of $288.33 per bed per day. The total contract amount of $420,968 is to be paid in four installments of $105,242 per year.

— Set a 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14 hearing for a petition by Kevin and Kacie Nelson to annex property at 37850 Middle Ridge Drive, Lebanon, into the Lebanon Rural Fire Protection District.

— Approved a contract with the city of Scio to provide Justice Court services.

– Alex Paul, Linn County Communications Officer