For several years, the city of St. Peters has had informal backup agreements with St. Charles County, where each could use the other’s police dispatch and 911 services in the event their own services were temporarily down for some reason.
“This has been part of ongoing, typical intergovernmental cooperation with no costs involved,” St. Peters Director of Communications Lisa Bedian explained. “Another example was when the St. Charles County Council used the St. Peters Board of Aldermen chambers for meetings last summer during the COVID-19 emergency when more space was needed for adequate social distancing at county council sessions.”
At its March 25 meeting, the Board of Aldermen authorized the city administrator, via Bill No. 21-22, to execute an agreement with the county for use of the county’s backup dispatch center. The bill was passed by a vote of 7-0 with Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer (Ward 1) absent. No costs are involved with the shared use.
St. Peters operates and maintains one of six dispatching centers and 911 answering points located in St. Charles County. The St. Charles County Department of Emergency Communications maintains a backup dispatch center at 1605 Wentzville Parkway, for dispatching and 911 services. Facilities and equipment used at the backup center are compatible with and part of the radio and emergency communication system used by the city and other emergency service providers.