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Pilot Rock to increase payment for dispatch services

Published on September 3, 2018 3:57PM

PILOT ROCK — The Pilot Rock City Council this week considers stepping up what the city pays for dispatch services. The city is looking at a $15,000 bill.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office handles emergency and non-emergency dispatch for Pilot Rock and the other communities in the county, with the exception of the Milton-Freewater and the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The cost of providing dispatch services to Pilot Rock totals $20,670 per year.

The sheriff’s office in 2016 asked agencies using the dispatch to help pay for the service. Pilot Rock that year agreed to pay $9,000 and to increase the amount $3,000 a year until it reached the full cost.

According to the council memo, Police Chief Bill Caldera negotiated the deal with the sheriff’s office and city would pay $3,750 each quarter for 2018-19.

The council meets Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. The resolution adopting the 2018-19 agreement for dispatch services is the lone agenda item for a vote.


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