County wants to look at future of its dispatching

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

A proposal for a deeper look at Swift County dispatch services didn’t sit well last Tuesday with Sheriff John Holtz.

His reaction came in response to Swift County Board of Commissioner’s Chair Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, suggesting that a task force be established to look into county options for dispatching services.

“We have to keep our eyes open here as we look at it, but we also have our commitment to the public to have the best service we can at the best cost we can,” he said. If the decision is that the county stay with its current dispatching system, “that is fine, but if a change is needed, we have to have the conversation, too.”

Swift County dispatch services came under scrutiny after a fire call to the Randy Thielke residence in Fairfield Township went first to the Appleton Fire Department rather than the Morris Fire Department. Fairfield Township contracts with Morris for fire protection. Morris and two other town fire departments did respond to the fire call as well.

Appleton then billed Thielkes $15,500 for its services. Bills from the other departments totaled close to $6,000.

Swift County agreed to take on the Appleton bill because of the dispatching error. It negotiated it down to $2,200 with the Thielkes agreeing to pay $750...


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