Opinion Split on What Cost-Analysis Discussion of Dispatch Center Means in High Springs
HIGH SPRINGS - Opinion is split on the High Springs City Commission on what a proposal to analyze the cost of local dispatch means.
Commissioner Scott Jamison proposed a cost analysis of the two years that non-emergency calls have been handled by the High Springs Police Department versus what it would cost if operated by the county.
Emergency calls are already dispatched to the Combined Communications Center operated by the county.
Mayor Byran Williams, Vice Mayor Sue Weller, and commissioner Scott Jamison all tell us the proposal was simply to have a discussion about costs.
But Commissioner Bob Barnas said in an email he believes the discussion means they want to dismantle local dispatch and Commissioner Linda Gestrin agrees.
Commissioner Linda Gestrin, High Springs City Commission: "I think their motive is to get rid of the dispatch and our police department. The budget was being reviewed and actually and it was already under communications a budget with and without the call center or dispatch."
A majority of the commission voted to hold a workshop in September to discuss Commissioner's Jamison's proposal to analyze the cost of keeping non emergency dispatch local versus sending it to the county.
Vice Mayor Sue Weller tells us a vote will not be taken at that meeting it is only a discussion
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