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Holts Summit authorizes New Bloomfield police contract

Holts Summit's Board of Aldermen Thursday night passed a measure which would authorize its police department to provide services to New Bloomfield. (File)

Holts Summit's Board of Aldermen Thursday night passed a measure which would authorize its police department to provide services to New Bloomfield.

Holts Summit Mayor Landon Oxley said New Bloomfield first has to pass an ordinance authorizing the city to allow the agreement. City leaders said New Bloomfield has until June 15 to finalize its ordinance.

Holts Summit Alderman Charles Chamberlin said he had questions about how community members felt about the possible contract.

"We are going to treat New Bloomfield like they are Holts Summit," Chamberlin told New Bloomfield citizens Thursday night.

Thursday night's decision comes after about a month long discussion on Holts Summit providing 24/7 police protection to New Bloomfield.

The contract proposed to Holts Summit city leaders will last through the end of 2018, with New Bloomfield paying $20,000 for the service.

Some New Bloomfield residents have questioned when exactly their city leaders decided to propose the contract to Holts Summit. No city documents between April and May show the city formally deciding to make the proposal.

"We are grateful to our city leaders for working with you. We are grateful for this," Cheri Wilson, New Bloomfield citizen, said.

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