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Mandan tables dispatch system after Burleigh approves it

A computer dispatch system offered by Bismarck and Burleigh County to Mandan for emergency services was tabled by Mandan officials, a day after it won approval from the Burleigh County Commission.

The Mandan City Commission tabled the decision Tuesday on a 3-2 vote. The majority wanted to study how to best integrate the county systems so law enforcement and emergency officials can share information.

Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek and Commissioner Sandra Tibke voted against the delay, saying they wanted to start using the Bismarck dispatch system for fire and emergency services.

The Burleigh County Commission gave initial approval Monday to a five-year agreement allowing use of the dispatch system that would be provided by the Bismarck/Burleigh Combined Communications Center.

The agreement needs to be approved by the Morton County Commission, Bismarck City Commission and Mandan City Commission before it could be activated in the Mandan area.

The system is used for dispatching, monitoring and recording of emergency and non-emergency services. It would assist law enforcement, fire, emergency and medical responders.

“We don’t have one in Morton County,” said Mandan Fire Chief Steve Nardello before the Tuesday’s meeting. “Now, that I’m adding staff … we really need it there. It’s not budgeted for in Morton County.”

Nardello said the cost to install the system would be $15,000 for the fire department. Nardello said a new system for the county and city would be $250,000 so it is a big cost savings.

He said the system will save dispatchers time writing information down about the emergency. Some of that information will automatically be recorded.

“The computer dispatch allows the information to be sent to our units,” Nardello said. “It will bring it up on our maps automatically.”

He added that emergency responders already have mobile units that can receive the information. Local emergency officials only need to be licensed to use the Computer-Aided Dispatch system information, he said.

The CAD system also allows dispatchers to see where fire trucks are located through a GPS system, he said.

“It will tell them where the incident is and (if we) sent units there through a vehicle location system,” Nardello said.

Voting sites
Burleigh County commissioners also approved county voting precincts for the 2014 June and November elections. As suggested by County Auditor Kevin Glatt, the voting boundaries will be same as the 2012 elections.

Polling sites will include First Evangelical Church, Evangel Assembly of God Church, Shiloh Christian School, Sunrise School, the 4-H Building, the Lincoln Community Center, the Wilton/Regan shop, the Wing Fire Hall, the Sterling School, the Menoken School, United Tribes Technical College, the Senior Center at 315 N. 20th St. in Bismarck, Lord of Life Church, Solheim School, Riverside School, Roosevelt School, Bismarck Civic Center, Highland Acres School, the North Dakota State Capitol Building, Northridge School, Pioneer School, Robert Miller School, Simle Middle School, Horizon Middle School, Grimsrud School and Centennial School.

Glatt asked the county to re-examine its voting precincts sites before the 2016 general election because of the rapid growth in the region.
Commissioners also approved establishing early vote and absentee ballots for the June primary and November elections next year. Dates and times will be announced later.

Committees
In other business, the commission made a series of appointments to two advisory committees.

Commissioners appointed James Harper to the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission to complete the unexpired term of Pat Whalen. Harper will serve through Dec. 31, 2015.

Commissioners also reappointed Ervin Mund and Neil Effertz to the county planning and zoning commission.

Commissioners decided to wait for more applications to the Burleigh County Water Resource District before filling that opening. Ken Royse announced that he will resign from the water district at the end of the year.

By LeAnn Eckroth, Lee News