Public forum upcoming for Orono police contract

By Blaze Fugina Community Editor

Mound citizens who wish to voice or listen to community opinions about the proposed police services contract with Orono will have the chance to do so at an Aug. 16 city council meeting.

The Mound City Council is hosting a public forum on the proposed contract at the regular city council meeting. The meeting was rescheduled because of the election primaries on Aug. 14. The meeting will take place in the Mound City Council Chambers on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

The latest contract for services with Orono has been in the works since negotiations between Mound and Minnetrista broke off in late June. In a press release from the Mound City Manager Kandis Hanson, the possible contract with Orono has many of the points the city said they were looking for during talks with Minnetrista.

"Many of the obstacles that were present during the Minnetrista discussions have been resolved in the contract to be considered with Orono, including: Mound officers will not have to serve a probation period, a Mound precinct will be operated in the current public safety building, giving local access to our officers (and) the contract amount meets the savings expectations and rate caps are in place for years 2 – 10."

Hanson said that a question and answer article from the city about the contract for services can be viewed in the latest city newsletter.