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Brown Deer Not Joining Consolidated Dispatch

One motion to make some progress shot down with only two votes in support.

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.

Carl Krueger May 04, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I do not consider this issue to be dead at this point in time. I will push for reconsideration by the Board, when individual trustee's have had more time to digest the information. It seems so much conflicting information was presented and some members of the board had been traveling and the decision was made to simply take some time to sort out the facts. Carl Krueger Village President Village of Brown Deer
Tim Schilz May 04, 2011 at 03:29 PM
This issue is NOT dead. Contrary to your headline, the terms of the draft agreement and inconsistent data and information brought to the Board by the Village Manager and BD Police staff were to blame for the vote against completing this approval process Monday night. This is a 10-year committment to Bayside and potential dismantling of a very capable dispatch facility in Brown Deer that is being fully evaluated before joining the other North Shore communities. It is very disappointing to have new information regarding service levels and financing presented by interested parties - contrary to previous discussions regarding this dispatch consolidation - that causes delays of this type. Brown Deer has always been a leader in consolidation efforts of this nature - as demonstrated by the current North Shore Fire Department and North Shore Health Department organizations. We will not allow any reasonable opportunity to work with fellow North Shore neighbors pass without full consideration. As one of the four against the motion Monday night and a long time member of the Brown Deer Village Board, this will be resolved very soon. Tim Schilz Trustee Village of Brown Deer
Sarah Worthman May 04, 2011 at 04:13 PM
I just wanted to thank you both for your comments. This is definitely a very important issue to many people and I'm glad to see that those directly involved in the decision process are sharing their views.

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