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Dispatch Dispute Comes Back to Life

Natalie Jablonski

With Halloween here, local governments are proving that some things can come back from the dead. 

"I thought this thing was dead and buried"....

That's Oneida County Public Safety committee chair Bob Metropulos. In 2012, the county and  city of Rhinelander had a robust exchange about an agreement concerning police dispatch services for city police from county facilities. The matter was resolved. An agenda item was brought up Wednesday by another supervisor, Billy Fried, after the Buildings and Grounds committee which he chairs found the city putting a wastewater runoff fee on county-owned property within the city. It's the same fee adopted by the Rhinelander city council and applies to all city properties  to pay for wastewater running into municipal lines from city roofs.

Fried thought if the city was going to tack on the fee for Oneida county, then the county should again revisit the agreement made concerning police dispatch and possibly re-negotiate.

"I have always felt there were a number of things you could work with (the city)on and one of them was to put a nail in the coffin of Rhinelander(police) dispatch..."

Fried said he met with Rhinelander officials about the issue and said while no action was taken, he's reestablished a dialog. 

The city is charging Oneida county about $2800 dollars this year as phase one of a three year phase in, moving to an on-going charge of $8500 dollars by 2015.

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