As regular followers know, I'm traveling around in my RV for the winter and haven't had much down time. I haven't found much escape from the cold in my usual spots either! I know, I know, no sympathies from y'all cause I'm still warmer than back home but have some sympathy for a man running into 40's, 50's and even snow! None the less, during all this, I've been paying attention to the events taking place in Island Lake.
So last night the board voted 5-1 to outsource the dispatchers to Lake Zurich. Ive listened to the audio and up to speed. The cost savings for year one are around $150,000 per year, give or take some costs for unemployment and severeness. I've been told the meetings were filled with big crowds, mostly in support of the dispatchers. I can only assume that is true given the loud applause Trustee Rabittini received when she voted Nay to the action.
One of the biggest issues going on now is the upcoming Layoffs of the Island Lake dispatchers as the transition to Lake Zurich occurs. The transition is expected to take approximately 30-60 days. There was discussion of hiring a Records Clerk, either one full time or two part-time, cost not to exceed $60,000. It wasn't clear if that was with or without benefits. My question would be, if a Records Clerk is retained, full-time, would they enter the 150 union which represents all full time employees minus officers and dispatchers. But, a Clerk is a Clerk, and I would guess they would fall in with 150 as the office clerks do in addition to the Public Works.
All in all, the transition should not affect the public at all. The main 911 post is Wauconda and always has been. The differences may be in how officers in Island Lake work with dispatchers in a remote area. The LZ systems are similar to Island Lake's so training will be minimal. Discussion about manning the station after hours with a video feed to LZ was discussed should any one come to the station in need of help after hours.
|Mayor Debbie Herrmann|
FAQ on Dispatch Services
Contract between Lake Zurich and Island Lake approved last night
Audio of special meeting from last night on Dispatch Outsourcing Click on January 17 Audio