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City considers agreement with Lubbock County for dispatch

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The City of Slaton Commissioners tabled a possible interlocal agreement with Lubbock County for the use of Dispatch Services Monday evening (Aug. 8) during a regular meeting at City Hall to further look at it.

Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe gave a presentation and mentioned discussions done in the past about the issue. Rowe added he had talked recently to City Administrator Wade Willson., County Commissioner Jason Corley and others, culminating into a meeting about a week about the possibility of the County taking over dispatch.

Mayor Clif Shaw said there had been several comments about the City doing away with safety personnel.

This is not true, he said.

“Let me make it clear – we are not talking about doing away with the Police Department. We are not doing away with the Fire Department,” he said. “We will have a Slaton City Police

Department. We will have a Slaton Fire Department. Those things are not even under discussion. This is strictly Dispatch.”

Rowe confirmed this as well, adding that a transfer to the County Dispatch would be at no additional cost nor additional personnel to do so. They also provide services to all other municipalities in the County.

The transition would involved some configurations to put the City on the same channel as the County.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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