Shenandoah Press Release – Agreement for Fire Protection Services, Law Enforcement

SHENANDOAH, TEXAS.  (July 28, 2011) The City of Shenandoah City Council and The Woodlands Township Board of Directors both today approved entering into an Interlocal Agreement for fire protection first responder emergency services beginning August 1, 2011.

The City of Shenandoah City Council approved the measure at its regularly-scheduled meeting also on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, and The Woodlands Township Board of Directors approved it on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at its monthly meeting.

The Agreement is expected to benefit both communities and incorporate additional law enforcement services while providing housing for The Woodlands Fire Department during remodeling and reconstruction of their headquarters in The Woodlands.

The City of Shenandoah has requested that The Woodlands Township provide “Fire, Rescue and First Responder Emergency Medical Services” within the city limits of Shenandoah and to the City’s existing ETJ should the City annex any portion during the 10-year term of the proposed agreement.

“This Agreement will allow the city to have a unified approach to fire, rescue and first responder emergency medical services,” said Greg Smith, City Administrator, City of Shenandoah. “The Woodlands Fire Department is an outstanding department and they look forward to serving all of our residents and businesses.”

“This Interlocal Agreement makes good sense for both The Woodlands Township and the City of Shenandoah,” said The Woodlands Township Vice Chairman Lloyd Matthews. “We share numerous common boundaries and work very well with each other from a number of different perspectives.”

Under the Agreement, the City of Shenandoah will compensate The Woodlands Township for fire protection, rescue and first responder emergency medical services at a base rate of $655,000 annually. This amount will be adjusted periodically for inflation during the term of the agreement. As part of the Agreement, the City of Shenandoah has agreed to allow The Woodlands Fire Department to temporarily relocate Central Fire Station and fire administrative operations for 18 months to existing and new facilities owned by the City of Shenandoah during construction of The Woodlands Township’s new Central Fire Station and Administrative Building on Grogan’s Mill Road, beginning in 2012.

Additional law enforcement services provided to areas of the Township by the Shenandoah Police Department are also included and valued in the same manner as fire protection services (initial base value $195,000 annually to cover areas in The Woodlands). The additional law enforcement services will provide an average of 12 hours per day of routine patrols in areas identified within the Agreement.  The initial term of the Agreement is proposed for 10 years. The value of the law enforcement services will be considered as a trade to The Woodlands Township, bringing the net direct cost of services provided to Shenandoah to $460,000 annually.

“The Woodlands and the City of Shenandoah have been friendly neighbors and have worked side by side for years,” said Vice Chairman Matthews, citing the cooperation of the two communities in the wake of Hurricane Ike, and prior to that by housing The Woodlands Dispatch in the Shenandoah City Hall complex.

“We believe this agreement is a cost-effective way to maximize our regional resources and work together to deliver the highest level of public safety in both communities,” Smith said.

For more information about the City of Shenandoah, please call 281-298-5522 or visit http://www.shenandoahtx.com. For information regarding The Woodlands Township government, please call 281-210-3800 or visit http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

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