FD council OKs telecom board agreement

Moehnke recommends wording change to include Fire Department representative

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday approved a revised agreement for the board that oversees the local 911 dispatch center, but requested a couple of changes.

The council unanimously approved the pact with the Webster County Metropolitan Law Enforcement Telecomunications Board.

As recommended by Councilman Terry Moehnke, the council requested that the wording of the agreement be changed to reflect that a representative of the Fire Department can be appointed to the panel in addition to representatives of the Police Department. Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter is already a city representative on the board.

Moehnke also recommended that the name of a new executive committee be changed. That committee is to consist of the Fort Dodge police chief, the Webster County sheriff and the Webster County attorney. Moehnke noted that the Webster County attorney isn’t even a member of the Telecommunications Board.

Associate City Attorney Ryan Kehm, who is also the attorney for the Telecommunications Board, said the purpose of the executive committee is “to handle confidential matters concerning law enforcement information.” He said its creation was recommended by the state Department of Public Safety.

Kehm said the executive committee isn’t intended to run the dispatch center.

“It is an offset advisory board to handle those matters,” he said.

In other business, the council:

∫ Purchased a house at 319 N. Eighth St. from Double B Builders, of Spirit Lake, for $41,250. It will be demolished.

∫ Purchased a new wood chipper for the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department from Vermeer, of Pella, for $32,730 with trade-in.

∫ Approved the second reading of a measure vacating an undeveloped section of South 29th Street between 13th and 15th avenues south.


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