If Butte County chooses to contract dispatch services to Meade County the city of Belle Fourche may not be under any obligation to make this same move.
Mayor Landphere is correct that the Belle Fourche City Council needs to be in on the decision as there are options. Again, if my memory serves me correctly our contract with Butte County was four times the cost as compared to contracting with the city of Spearfish. Our city government at that time didn’t consider other options.
Currently there are dispatch services with Meade County, Lawrence County and the city of Spearfish. This opens options for the city of Belle Fourche to seek requests for proposals for dispatch services and to possible lower costs for Belle Fourche.
One more interesting option would be for the city of Belle Fourche to entertain dispatch services for themselves. If Butte County chooses to contract with Meade County, they may surplus their equipment. If so, Belle Fourche could bid on it.
There are options for Belle Fourche. Although Meade County Commissioner Doreen Creed may feel it is important for the counties to act quickly, Mayor Landphere is correct that our city needs to weigh in and make a decision that is best for Belle Fourche.
Those would be:
Contract with Meade County
Take Requests for Proposals from other providers
Buy our own equipment and take care of our community.
There are options for the city council to carefully study.
James C. Sowers,
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