Aberdeen police and fire will respond to Qmart calls

The Aberdeen Police and Fire departments will respond to calls on the Indian Trust Land at the QMart tobacco shop and convenience store on East Market Street in Aberdeen, according to a new agreement approved by the Aberdeen City Council on Wednesday.

Without the agreement, the Quinault Indian Nation was on its own providing services to the property. Although the property is in the middle of Aberdeen, since it is trust land, it’s not subject to land use regulations like other property in Aberdeen would be. Quinault President Fawn Sharp approved the agreement on Oct. 25.

The agreement specifically forbids the Quinaults from selling high-alcohol content beer on the property and does not permit gaming activities or the sale of fireworks to occur on the property. The Quinaults also agree to use a garbage collection service.

The Quinaults will pay the city $407 annually, as well as a monthly emergency medical services fee, typically included on the utility bill as with other properties in the city.

Aberdeen Police agree to notify the Quinault Indian Nation Police Department if their calls on the property involve an Indian suspect. The Quinaults also will pay $65 a day for jail costs of Indians detained longer than one hour while waiting for the response, as well as transportation costs associated with transporting Indian persons to a medical facility if deemed necessary.

The Quinaults will track the calls for fire, police and emergency services on the property for the next year, at which time the agreement may be renegotiated.