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Caspian will allow Gaastra to leave police authority

CASPIAN—In a unanimous vote at its Oct. 11 meeting, the Caspian City Commission gave its “blessing” to allow Gaastra to opt out of the joint Caspian-Gaastra Police Authority, with the date set for June 30, 2018.
    The vote follows the request by Gaastra in a letter dated June 14, 2017, noting its decision to leave the authority within three to six months.
    Gaastra Mayor Tom Place attended Caspian’s September meeting and said that Gaastra just didn’t have the money to continue its participation, adding that Gaastra was hopeful for a “friendly” get-out agreement with Caspian.
    At that September meeting, city attorney Steve Polich, acting in an advisory role, noted that according to the articles of incorporation, each municipality had the power to determine termination.
    But, it was also noted that only the Police Authority could grant the request. Complicating the situation was that both Gaastra and Caspian had two members each serving on that board.
    At Caspian’s September meeting, Caspian Mayor Mark Stauber was in favor of continuing with the contract with the hope that Gaastra could resolve its financial issue.
    However, Caspian Commissioner Matt Jacks suggested that Caspian go along with Gaastra’s request and release them from the agreement.
    Jacks made the motion at Caspian’s October meeting, supported by Commissioner Wendy Werth, and the full board voting in agreement.
    In other business, City Manager John Stokoski updated the board on the County Road 424 and Berkshire Hill projects, noting that both are coming along. He said shouldering will be done during the current week with guardrails and the final paving to be completed the following week.
    Stokoski told the board that the current renters at its professional building had requested a month-to-month lease, which they had prior due to the contract that noted if their funding was pulled, they would give a 30-day notice before vacating.
    Attorney Dennis Tousignant told the board that he and Police Chief Terry Post have been working on blight issues in the city.
    During public discussion, a resident asked about the cable lines and was informed that the city doesn’t have the money to take down the remaining poles and wires.