Bayside Village Board Makes Progress Toward Combined Dispatch
Two more municipalities to vote on consolidation in the next couple of weeks.
Small steps toward a big consolidation are continuing in the North Shore.
Bayside trustees voted Thursday to let Village Manager Andy Pederson negotiate an agreement to create a consolidated police and fire dispatch center that would include the same seven municipalities that are part of the North Shore Fire Department.
Once an agreement is reached, Village President Sam Dickman would have the authority to sign off on the deal without having to go back to the Village Board, trustees decided.
Whitefish Bay officials 0n Monday agreed to be part of the joint operation. Glendale aldermen will vote on the issue on Monday, Shorewood on April 18 and Brown Deer on May 2.
River Hills, Fox Point and Bayside already share dispatch services.
Pederson said the biggest reason for the consolidation is that it would improve response times. A single dispatch center would allow for quicker responses because the calls would not have to be rerouted to Milwaukee County before heading to the right municipality. A joint center also would mean fewer potential human or technological errors, he said.
Also at Thursday's meeting, the board:
- Approved conditional-use permits for four new businesses, including: Art Trooper, Motorsports-Exchange.com, eManagement and Assistance and Falcon Industrial.
- Approved a proclamation recognizing Arbor Day on April 29. The village is working with the Schlitz Audubon Center on plans for a tree-planting project as part of the day.
- Approved an increase in North Shore Health Department fees for restaurants, hotels and swimming pools to match an increase in state fees.