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City on Board with Combined Dispatch Plan


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) - Combined Dispatch is well on its way to finally becoming a reality in Sheboygan County.  The plan, which was approved by the County Board on Tuesday, received the informal support of the City Council, meeting as the Committee of the Whole last night and will come back for final action on Monday.  Chief Administrative Officer Jim Amodeo said it’s a good deal for the city.  He said the city's tax for emergency dispatch will be cut in half while the county's doubles, but it will spread the cost of emergency dispatch equally across the county.  The city will pay the county 2 and a half million dollars in 2015 when the merged system is up and running to pay for remodeling at the Law Enforcement Center and equipment, then emergency dispatch will be totally in county hands.  City Attorney Steve McLean said the agreement provides job security for current city dispatchers who the county has agreed to hire.  When it’s finally up and running there will be 24 dispatchers, 1 manager and 4 supervisors.