The Winlock City Council approved a letter at the last council meeting on February 26, 2018, to be sent to Toledo Mayor Steve Dobosh regarding the Interlocal Agreement for Law Enforcement Services.
The letter acts as written notice terminating the Interlocal Agreement between Winlock and Toledo if the breaches are not cured within 30 days.
The February letter is a follow up to a letter sent by Winlock Mayor Don Bradshaw to Toledo Mayor Dobosh on January 2, 2018. It was then that Mayor Bradshaw informed Mayor Dobosh the desire to bring back the Winlock Police Department and terminate the Interlocal Agreement between the two cities. Toledo did not respond to the letter sent in January.
The February letter states there have been several breaches by Toledo, such as not reporting as the contract requires and returning a police vehicle that is inoperable. Winlock stated they do not know how much time Toledo spends in Winlock, as per section 7.3 of the Agreement which states "the amount of time spent on Winlock-related matters" is to be reported. There have been no reports as to how much time Toledo spends in Winlock.
In the February letter, it outlines the transition plan which is to begin immediately. Winlock has agreed to a step-down approach over the next 90 days with payment to the city of Toledo being 75% for April and then half payment for May and June. By July, the transition plan should be completed and Winlock Police Department should be operational.
The February letter requests records of inventory, purchased equipment to replace existing equipment made by the city of Toledo and information as to how the police car became inoperable. It also requests reassignment of a Toledo police officer that Winlock does not want patrolling the streets of Winlock.
Toledo has not yet responded to the letter, but as soon as they make it public, we will publish it here in the Town Crier.