The cost for police services in Mission Viejo is projected to rise again heading into the 2017-18 fiscal year, but at a lower rate than in recent years, according to a presentation made at Tuesday night’s May 9 City Council meeting.
City Manager Dennis Wilberg said the projected cost of the Orange County Sheriffs Department contract would increase to just over $19 million, which is 1.9 percent higher than the city’s contract for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
However, that percentage increase is less than the increases the city has seen over the last four years, according to a staff report.
In each of the last two years, the boost in cost to the city for police services had risen by nearly five percent. The cost projections came in lower than what OCSD had originally estimated in January, which was $19.8 million.
The city’s contract for 2016-17 totals nearly $18.7 million.
“It’s our number one priority for each of us up here, including staff,” Mayor Pro Tem Ed Sachs said regarding the city’s commitment to public safety. “We will not take any measures to reduce safety in this city. If it costs more money to assure that happens, we will spend the money. We are fortunate to be able to say that.”
The reductions stemmed from multiple factors, Wilberg told the City Council, including the transfer of a canine unit back to county supervision, eliminating that cost for the city.
In addition, the city will no longer have to front 50 percent of the cost for a motor sergeant, a savings of $110,000, Wilberg said.
According to the staff report, of the 34 cities that contract for police services, Mission Viejo ranks 28th in cost per capita, at $180. By comparison, Laguna Beach has the highest rate, at $694 per capita.
MORE UNFORESEEN MAINTENANCE AT SWIM FACILITY
The city voted unanimously to add $119,702 to its contract with Construct 1 Corp. for more issues discovered during the course of the Marguerite Aquatics Center Renovation project.
“The contractor has found during the course of the construction subsurface issues not known prior to construction that need to be resolved along the way in an effort to keep the construction project moving forward,” Rattay told the City Council.
It’s the third such amendment to the contract and the changes are being made to add additional pool plaster, gutter lip rebuilding and electrical maintenance, which included updating conduits at multiple locations on the complex. The city will also have to install larger pipes for pool plumbing to meet the Orange County Health Department’s filtration rate code.
Lastly, two additional poles have been added to accommodate additional security cameras.
In recent months, the City Council approved an additional $215,170 to Construct 1 Corp. for energy efficient upgrades in January and $27,923 for utility stub-outs for the future restroom building at the Activity Pool Deck at the south end of the site, according to a staff report.
Another $113,238 was added for the…