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Consolidated Dispatch: Figures on the Table PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 06:46

The Watauga County Commission will consider today qualifications for a new position in the county—Emergency Services Director—that as the county moves toward a consolidated dispatch center for emergency calls in the county.  At the Intergovernmental Retreat last night at ASU,

Watauga County Manager Deron Geouque, gave the projection on savings to municipalities, should both Blowing Rock and Boone join in, “Boone would see roughly about a $55-56,000 cost savings, Blowing Rock would see about $82,200 cost savings (per year).” Spearheading the effort, Watauga commissioner Vince Gable said that the savings were maybe not as great as first hoped, but would come sooner than first expected, “Last year, we thought it would be two or three years before anyone would see any saving, so savings that we do have, everyone does get a savings initially.”
The local move comes as directives are being derived by Homeland Security that may require multiple operators on duty at any 9-1-1 station at all times, as well as other requirements, and those towns involved in the consolidated dispatch would have a buffer for those expenses.  Commissioners meet this morning at 8.


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