Island Lake to farm out emergency dispatch
ISLAND LAKE – Village officials voted to lay off six full-time police dispatchers and contract for emergency communications with the village of Lake Zurich.
The vote was 6-1 at Thursday’s special board meeting. Officials said the consolidation would save the village at least $144,000 in salaries and insurance the first year. Trustee Laura Rabattini cast the lone “no” vote.
“The economics of such a decision are quite clear and rather stark,” the board said in a statement Thursday after the vote. “Given the contracting opportunities available to the village, Island Lake can contract for round-the-clock dispatching service from another agency for about one-third the cost of maintaining its own dispatching operation.”
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