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News : Council Settles on Funding Agreement for 911 Call Center
Laurinburg, NC, August 20, 2014 -- The Laurinburg City Council amended an agreement with the county designating its commitment to funding for the the county’s emergency call center, slated to come into service by the end of the year.
The council and Scotland County Board of Commissioners have for several months exchanged revised copies of the agreement without settling on a dollar amount and a length of time that the city will contribute to the center’s personnel costs. The center will dispatch for the Laurinburg Police Department and Laurinburg Fire Department as well as the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Scotland County EMS.
City Manager Charles Nichols reported that he, Mayor Tommy Parker, County Manager Kevin Patterson, and Scotland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Guy McCook met last week to address that section of the agreement. On Tuesday, council approved an agreement specifying that for the first five years of the center’s operation, the city will contribute $250,000.
For the sixth year, the city’s payment will fall to $200,000 and afterward will decrease by $25,000 each year until the center’s 10th year of operation, which will be the final year of city involvement.
"It’s pretty simple now, and it’s probably a little more favorable to them initially but it’s pretty straightforward," said Mayor Tommy Parker.
The agreement approved by the city gives the final decision in the event of a dispute and failed mediation to the county, except where funding is concerned.
"We didn’t want to make all provisions of the agreement subject to the final authority of the county commissioners, especially when it came to the funding requirement, so if there was a dispute or some latent ambiguity in the agreement that we didn’t pick up, that they couldn’t use that provision to basically have the last say in what happened with our funding requirement," said city attorney Bill Floyd.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014