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O’Fallon prepares to transfer dispatch services

The O’Fallon Justice Center is expected to open in September 2017. [Nathan Rubbelke photo]

At its July 13 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council approved a series of measures pertaining to police dispatch and 911 operations at the city’s new Justice Center, a $28 million project slated to open in September.

The five resolutions approved by the council will allow the city to relocate equipment to the Justice Center, buy new equipment and sell equipment to St. Charles County through intergovernmental agreements.

One of the resolutions approved allows the city to enter into an agreement with Motorola to relocate three dispatch consoles from the current police headquarters to the new Justice Center, located along Bryan Road south of Veterans Memorial Parkway. Additionally, the police department has been approved to purchase a new console as well as backup radio equipment that will be stored in the Justice Center’s FEMA center, located in the basement of the Justice Center.

Another resolution that was passed approves entering into an agreement with Motorola for relocation of the city’s 911 equipment, installation of new equipment and rooftop antennas at the Justice Center as well as removal of rooftop antennas and outdated equipment at city hall at a total cost of $29,271.59.

“We’re taking the opportunity again to do as much cleanup work with what we’re leaving. We don’t want to leave a mess behind,” Capt. John Neske said during the council work session.

Other measures passed by the council included approval to sell the new dispatch console and microwave equipment to St. Charles County for $1 each as part of intergovernmental agreements.

Neske said the county owns the majority of the city’s dispatch equipment, which leaves the county responsible for maintenance of the equipment.

“Currently, they own our [dispatch consoles]. St. Charles County has a team of technicians right now, that if we have any problems with whatever equipment, we call them first. We don’t call Motorola. We don’t call the vendors for the warranty work,” Neske explained.

The final resolution allows the city to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with St. Charles County to allow O’Fallon to operate its dispatch and 911 service out of the county’s emergency operations center while equipment is moved from city hall to the Justice Center. The city will not be charged for its use of the facility and Neske said he expects the transition to take around two weeks.

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