VALLEYCITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) Stutsman and Richland Counties have been pursuing a plan to share equipment and make their dispatches interoperable. The two entities have started the process and signed joint powers agreements. They are both open to the idea of including Barnes County to share equipment for the Public Safety Answering Point.
Barnes County Management Information Systems director Jason Thiel is working on researching the equipment necessary for the Barnes County/Valley City Dispatch as the current dispatch system needs to be replaced according to Barnes County Emergency Manager Kim Franklin.
She is the chairperson for the Emergency Services Communication System Advisory Committee. Franklin says there is a stalemate in the negotiation process between Barnes County and Valley City for the local dispatch contracts.
Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist has offered to help answer questions on the contracting of 911 services in Barnes County to local officials. Bergquist and Stutsman County Auditor, Casey Bradley will explain the joint powers agreement process. The informational meeting will be held Thursday at 2:30 pm inside the Barnes County Highway Department. It’s open to the public.
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