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Ottawa Taking Over 911 Calls For Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on January 15, 2013

All 911 calls made in Marseilles will soon be handled by Ottawa dispatchers.

The Ottawa City Council last night put on file a five-year contract to provide 911 services for Marseilles.  Marseilles will pay 150 thousand dollars the first year with a five-percent increase each year after that.  They will also pay Ottawa 20 percent of their 911 surcharge fees.  By cutting equipment costs and salaries for three full-time and six part-time dispatchers, Marseilles hopes to save 100 thousand dollars a year with the consolidation.

Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson says the money will enable his department to hire two, full-time dispatchers.  He says response times for Marseilles emergencies will not change and will still be handled by Marseilles officers and firefighters.

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