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Town of Skaneateles approves dispatch contract

In a special meeting of the town board Friday morning, the town decided to approve the dispatch center contract presented to them by Mayor Robert Green last week.

The modified contract included changes to the amount of involvement the town has in the dispatch center. The town had voted against earlier versions of the contract because they paid half of the center's expenses, but had no involvement in managing the dispatch center.

Councilors Barbara Spain and Ellen Kulik worked with village to negotiate what Kulik called a "compromise document."

Spain explained that part of the contract was the formation of a "Strategic Planning Committee" which would include members of both the Village and Town boards and would make recommendations for both organizations regarding the direction of the dispatch center.

The town was responsible for appointing two members to serve on this committee and chose to appoint Councilor Ted Astemborski who finished his term on Dec. 30 and new board member Jim Green.

The contract also included an agreement that both the town and the village must have joint agreement on any expenditures that are more that five percent of the dispatch center budget.

"As joint financial partners in the center, its good that the town has input into the direction and finances," Councilor Kulik said.

The contract did not include any information regarding the location of the dispatch center. This is an issue that the new planning committee, the town and the village will negotiate in the coming year.

"This is something that the village and the town will have to mutually agree," said Town Supervisor Phil Tierney.

The Village Board has not yet approved the contract, but are expected to do so in the coming week.

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