For several months now the City of Centre and the E9-1-1 Board haven’t exactly been what you could call on the same page regarding the fees that the City pays for dispatch and 9-1-1 services.
When Mayor Tony Wilkie received the renewal amount of $105,836.34 for those services – he contacted the Board to discuss the increase because he felt it unfair for the City to pay almost $12,000 more than the County.
A meeting was held in October with the Mayor coming away from that meeting expecting a new contract with a reduced amount of around $90,000. The Board was expecting to hear back from the Mayor about the amount so a new contract could be drawn up, but neither party heard back from the other.
It seems a miscommunication or misunderstanding between the entities is what caused the City to explore the possibility of setting up their own dispatch system. The City Council and Mayor met Thursday with the Board during their regular meeting to discuss the situation.
After the miscommunication issue was discussed with everyone understanding more about what had transpired, City Attorney Al Shumaker said he would draft an amendment to the present contract reflecting the City’s cost of services at the reduced rate of $92,253.07 per year.
All stake holders will have to agree to that amendment but for now it seems everything has been settled.
County Commission Chairman and Probate Judge, Kirk Day represented the County at that meeting informing the group that the Commissioners were aware that the County’s share will increase to $106,685.30.
The other stake holders are Cedar Bluff paying $48,107.43 – Leesburg paying $28,015.50 – Sand Rock $6,225.67 – and Gaylesville $1,697.91.
The formula used to determine each stakeholder’s share included the activity for each area and the population covered for each with that data coming from Central Dispatch Activity reports.