Cost-sharing

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority has made an agreement with the Lancaster City Council for public safety and cost-sharing.

LANCASTER — Acting without discussion or dissent, the City Council on Tuesday approved a public safety and cost-sharing agreement with the Antelope Valley Transit Authority for public safety programming and deputy services.

According to the agreement, the city will create and implement, in partnership with the AVTA, specific public safety programming and outreach to promote the benefits of safe travel on the local bus system.

The AVTA is eager to enter a cost-sharing agreement to share the cost to the city of deputies who would be responsive to the service programming, according to a report by Public Safety Director Lee D’Errico.

The city would provide the administrative services to operate the program. The city would also request, under its current contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, to assign the deputy hours equivalent to five 40-hour deputies to the program.

The AVTA, in return, would reimburse the city for the associated costs, estimated at $2 million for the one-year agreement. Throughout the course of the one-year agreement, the city and Lancaster Sheriff Station will document outreach efforts, patrol hours, and calls for service in an effort to prioritize the needs for service under the agreement, according to the report.

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