The Santa Fe Springs City Council's approval of a one-year contract for a Sheriff's Department helicopter surveillance program means the service will continue for four other Southeast cities.
Sheriff's officials had sought a five-year contract for the program that serves Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, South El Monte and unincorporated areas around Whittier. However, some city officials had balked at the program's price tag, $833,000 for fiscal 1988-89, and considered dropping out of the cooperative.
The Santa Fe Springs council approved the $87,800 contract with the condition that the Sheriff's Department report back by December on ways to cut expenses for the program, said Lt. John Phillips of the Norwalk sheriff's station. The department is considering adding other cities to reduce costs for all member cities, he said.