"Sign of the Times" in High Springs
Change the street names or change the police dispatch.
That's the choice city commissioners in High Springs have to make.
On Tuesday, the public joined the discussion, and some police officers opposed changing the dispatch system.
Sergeant Antoine Sheppard says it's a matter of life and death.
"My major concern is safety for the community, and safety for our officers," he said.
City leaders are discussing taking back their police dispatch from Alachua County's "Combined Communications Center," which has handled the city's 9-1-1 calls for the past year.
"We will have a whole lot more expense and confusion, by tearing up all the street signs, putting them back in, all the house numbers and putting them back in," said Donnie Rou, a long-time city resident.
If the city re-signs it's contract with the county in June, they'll have to rename their streets, according to Vice Mayor Bob Barnas.
"That's a huge expense to a business owner, not to mention the expense to the average taxpayer living in the core of the city," he said.
Barnas says there are 70 house numbers in high springs that match numbers somewhere else in the county.
To avoid renaming streets, the city will have to spend $250,000 to run it's own dispatch center, about a hundred thousand more than what they're paying the county now.
Sheppard says it's been a big safety plus having the county run dispatch, and he doesn't want to lose those resources.
"If the city wants to go forth, and take back dispatch, then do it properly, fund it properly, and fund the streets properly with patrol," he said.
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