Consolidated dispatch of the same seven communities in the North Shore Fire Department has been a hot topic among North Shore residents. On Monday, voted against continuing negotation talks with Bayside, meaning that for right now, Brown Deer will not be joining the consolidated dispatch program.
After an extensive presentation by Village President Carl Krueger, the board reviewed a motion to allow the Village Manager, Russell Van Gompel, to continue negotiations with Bayside. That motion was voted down, 4-2, with one abstained vote.
Fox Point, Bayside, River Hills, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and Glendale have signed agreements to join a consolidated dispatch center that would be located at the Bayside Police Department.
Bayside Village Manager Andy Pederson has said that other villages, like Brown Deer, can still join in the consolidation efforts in the future if they chose to. Plans for the new facility that will expand off of the current Bayside Police Department are currently underway, and are expected to be completed by spring of 2012.