Cass 911 board, Beardstown council discuss dispatch fees

No offers tendered by either side

Representatives of the Beardstown City Council sat down Tuesday night to discuss the proposed contract with the Emergency Telephone Service Board (ETSB). The ETSB, which currently handles E911 dispatching, along with routine dispatch services for all of the county’s law enforcement and emergency response agencies, has offered to continue dispatch services for the city of Beardstown at an annual cost of approximately $80,000. The $80,000 figure represents an approximate five percent increase from last year.

The city council and the ETSB are currently operating with no dispatching agreement.

“If things are disproportionate, now is the time to make changes,” Culves said.

Alderman Ron Culves, who along with Alderman Tim Harris, represented the Beardstown council, and told the ETSB board members he believes the city of Beardstown is paying a disproportionate share of the dispatching costs. “We’re paying 53 percent of the total costs, yet the city comprises only 44 percent of the county’s population. Culves also questioned the board’s need to raise dispatching fees by five percent when the board had a cash reserve of $740,000 on hand, a figure not disputed by the board.

“That’s enough money to fund your operating budget for three years,” he said. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>