County narrows central dispatch plan

County officials adjusting numbers to reflect Glenville exclusion

— “Everybody is looking at the short term with the grant money,” said Koetzle. “I want to make sure that this is the right solution for the long term from everybody.”

Where the new center will be located is yet to be determined because McQueen said he wanted all the municipalities involved to discuss what placement would best suit everyone. Along with being concerned about the placement, Koetzle said he is concerned with the weighted voting system the county proposed.

The system would have each municipality’s vote reflecting its share of dispatch costs and revenue generated from mandatory 911 fees from cellphone calls. This would also have the county receiving a weighted vote, said Koetzle, which he felt gave the county too much control over the system.

McQueen said county officials felt Glenville didn’t want to be included in the system.

“The general impression they got was Glenville would not be a part of this,” McQueen said. “That is why the Legislature then asked the county finance commissioner to rework the proposal with Glenville not being a part of it. We do believe there will continue to be a savings for all the municipalities involved. … It may not be as large.”

Koetzle said county officials got the wrong impression from the town.

“If that is the impression they got, then that is the judgment they brought to the meeting,“ said Koetzle. “I said that Glenville is very much interested in staying in this. … I made it very clear when we began that I was willing to find a way to make it work.”

McQueen said the revised plan should be completed in the near future to reflect what sort of savings municipalities could expect moving forward without Glenville.

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