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Armstrong signs dispatch agreement

By Staff | Oct 12, 2016

by Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

“The [Armstrong] City Council voted on our agreement, and passed it last night,”?Sheriff Mike Martens reported to the Emmet County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday morning’s meeting.

“I’m told that agreement will be coming back to the board for approval, accompanied by a check,”?Martens said.

“It’s been a long haul,”?Martens said.

Armstrong City Council

At Monday night’s Armstrong City Council meeting, the council passed Resolution 2016-9 approving an agreement, which had been negotiated by Armstrong City Attorney Chris Fuhrman.

Fuhrman advised the council that Sheriff Martens was not willing to do anything further with the agreement as then written.

The agreement was expanded to allow Armstrong Police Chief Craig Merrill up to 96 hours within a month only if needed for vacation, holiday or sick time.

Merrill currently has 152 hours of paid time off.

Sheriff Martens stipulated that the signed agreement include a check for the first installment of the unpaid bill of $15,231.61, both due at noon Tuesday.

“I’m confused on the urgency of the payment timing, but if that’s the way it is, I will agree to it,”?Armstrong Mayor Greg Buum said.

The Armstrong City Council passed the resolution with Clinton Davis voting against the resolution.

Davis said Wednesday, “At this time, I have nothing to say.”?

The agreement provides 72 hours weekly of law enforcement coverage from the Sheriff’s office for the city of Armstrong to cover time off for Merill, as well as additional time as needed for sick and vacation leave, within the available scheduling of the Sheriff’s office.

The agreement requires the City of Armstrong to pay its arrearage for dispatch services in two installments.

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to approve the agreement at its next meeting Oct. 25.