Breaking News Bar
updated: 8/20/2014 12:57 PM

Trustees, residents want to settle Wauconda 911 dispatch center issue

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Wauconda dispatcher Wauconda officials are considering plans to close the 911 center at the police station.

       Wauconda dispatcher Wauconda officials are considering plans to close the 911 center at the police station.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Doug Maxeiner

      Doug Maxeiner

 
 

Week after week, a small group of like-minded activists have attended Wauconda village board meetings and complained about the unresolved proposal to outsource 911 services.

Now some trustees are adding their voices to the choir, saying the issue has percolated long enough.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

At Tuesday's board meeting, Trustee Linda Starkey said she wants to see Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner's long-awaited report on the dispatch center's future at the Sept. 2 session.

"I think it has dragged on too long," Starkey said. "I think the board should make a decision."

Trustee Teri Burke agreed, as did Trustee Lincoln Knight.

"We need to get going here," Knight said.

Wauconda voters were promised the service wouldn't be outsourced when they approved a tax increase for the fire protection district in 2010. However, Mayor Frank Bart repeatedly criticized the referendum and those promises when he ran for office last year and during the first year of his term.

Earlier this year, Maxeiner proposed outsourcing 911 services to Lake Zurich. He's said it could save Wauconda $2.1 million over five years.

It also would leave the town's dispatchers out of work.

Critics have expressed fears about the level of service out-of-town dispatchers would provide, among other issues.

At a public meeting in March, trustees said they had many questions that needed answers before they could vote on the plan.

They're still waiting for answers. So is the public.

"I am frustrated with this process," resident Dirk Leahy said during Tuesday's meeting.

Local business owner Maria Weisbruch asked about the dispatchers, too. So did Kelly Kledzik, daughter of ex-mayor Mark Knigge.

"This town has been suffering and the workers have been suffering for almost a year now," Kledzik said.

Leahy is concerned some dispatchers have quit rather than waiting for the board to take action one way or the other.

"We can't lose these workers," Leahy said.

Maxeiner said he's waiting for information from "outside sources" to finish his report. He didn't identify the sources.

Maxeiner bristled when audience members pressed officials about the plan.

"I'm not prepared to get into an interrogation on the 911 center tonight," Maxeiner said. "It doesn't do any good to bring it back before it's ready."

Trustee Chuck Black told the crowd it's important for officials to look at both sides of the issue before they vote. If they don't, he said, "we're not doing our jobs as trustees."

But residents aren't the only people tired of waiting for the report.

"We're tired, too," Knight said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.