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County narrows central dispatch plan

County officials adjusting numbers to reflect Glenville exclusion

— Schenectady County officials are advancing plans for the countywide dispatch center, but Glenville is being left out of the equation.

After 18 months of discussion between county and Glenville officials, County Spokesman Joe McQueen said the central dispatch plans have to move forward without Glenville in the mix. Negotiations have been ongoing between the town and county, which have hinged on Glenville officials claiming the funding model for the system is unfair. The most recent meeting was around two weeks ago, said McQueen, which was when the county decided a different route needed to be taken.

“After numerous meetings, the legislators involved felt we were just not going to get anywhere. The feeling was we can’t just keep doing this, and we have to move forward with the plan,” said McQueen. “It is too important an issue. We are talking about increased safety and saving money for the municipalities.”

The towns of Niskayuna and Rotterdam are already on board for the plan and the City of Schenectady is in the process of formally supporting it, said McQueen. The county received a $1 million grant from the state to implement the new dispatch center, but the process needs to be set in motion before March 2012 to not lose the funding. The plan, according to McQueen, was estimated to save Glenville $105,000 annually.

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said he isn’t convinced the savings would reach the projected figure.

“The county represents the savings to be a guarantee … but when you ask them to put it in a contract and guarantee it, they refuse to,” said Koetzle. “It is a bit problematic for them to say there is a savings they can’t guarantee and it hasn’t materialized yet.”

Koetzle said he is also worried about the long-term viability savings of the project.

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