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Joint dispatch discussed by Police & Fire Commission Tuesday

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The crest of the City of Stevens Point.
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STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) -  Portage County having one emergency services dispatch center instead of two is still possible, but there’s still work to do. That’s according to Stevens Point Police and Fire Commission President David Schleihs.

He says the Commission spent about 2 1/2 hours discussing the proposal offered by Portage County during closed session Tuesday night. “I think we’re certainly optimistic that we can come to some kind of agreement that would satisfy both the county, the city, and I think public safety organizations throughout Portage County as well. There’s certainly some issues related to governance, finance, and quality assurance that we want to try and iron out.”

Schleihs says some of those details will be discussed shortly. “Public safety leaders as well as the Mayor, the City Attorney, and Commissioner (Gary) Wescott representing the Commission are going to work through some of the documents and the concerns, and some of the wording and hopefully be able to sit down and have another face-to-face meeting with county officials in the next week or so.”

Portage County is already in the process of expanding it’s dispatch center and preparing for a major equipment upgrade which includes enhanced 9-1-1 features. The county has issued a deadline for later this month so they know if they are going to work together or separately in the future.

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