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COLUMBIA CITY â€” With reports of future expenses, Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners discussed the idea of merging dispatch centers with the city.
No formal vote or action was called for at Mondayâ€™s meeting, however the three discussed a concern with cost and efficiency related to the county having a dispatch center and Columbia City having a separate one.
â€śIf we are really interested in saving money, we should look into this,â€ť said Commissioner Tom Rethlake.
Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf noted several surrounding counties â€” including Kosciusko, Huntington and Allen have done it.
â€śCombining the city and county dispatches would not require new equipment, it would be moving personnel around,â€ť Schrumpf said.
This discussion came on the heels of the commissioners being informed earlier in the month that dispatch equipment would have to be replaced at the Sheriffâ€™s Department. The price tag for the change was approximately $266,000.
After the sheriff informed the commissioners and the county council of this need, the question of why the county had its own dispatch center apart from Columbia City was asked.
â€śWe need to forget the egos of these departments and do whatâ€™s best for the taxpayers,â€ť said County Councilman Jim Bayman.
Commissioner Don Amber said both being in one location would make more sense from a work standpoint too.
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