If municipalities in Portage County want a county-wide joint dispatch center that includes the city of Stevens Point, they have two hurdles to overcome according to one Portage County Sheriff’s Department official: communication and money.
Dan Kontos, Portage County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy, said these are the two biggest obstacles standing in the way of implementing a true county-wide joint dispatch center. “When your dealing with 1,200 responders, 32 primary agencies, 18 secondary agencies, city staff as well as our own staff, there are all kinds of opportunities for someone to say ‘I don’t like that,’” he said. “I’m anxious to sit down at the table with some of these people and resolve these issues. While there may be lots of different moving parts, I think we can sit down and talk things out.”
He and other Portage County officials will have an opportunity to do so with Plover village officials Wednesday, Oct. 17, when they meet to discuss some of the village’s issues with a joint dispatch study it helped fund. Village officials had an issue with the external $30,000 study by GEOCom, sending their complaints about it in a letter to Portage County Sheriff John Charewicz on Thursday, Sept. 27.
“While the Village understands its obligations to pay its share of the Study, we are extremely dissatisfied with the results,” the letter signed by Village President Dan Schlutter, Village Administrator Dan Mahoney, Plover Fire Chief Timothy Kluck and Plover Police Chief Dwayne Wierzba said.