City and County Reach Agreement
The city agreed to pay for the emergency service and help pay for upgrades in the operations center. Negotiations between the city and county went on for four months. The dispute was over a fee increase for the equipment upgrade. Officials are glad the negotiations are complete so the departments can run more efficiently.
"Holts Summit worked with us the other evening. We all worked together fine to come up with a good agreement for everybody involved. We're delighted with the results and look forward to signing a contract," Callaway Commissioner Lee Fritz said.
The Holts Summit Police Department agrees that by ending the debate, both city and county can get back to business as usual.
"It's always better to try and get together with your other agencies in the county and do things together if you can. It's much less expensive for everybody," Police Chief Victor Pitman said.
With the new contract, the dispatch center plans to upgrade its equipment to send out more reliable digital signals.