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3/16/2013 3:33:00 PM
Council to decide issues for future Communications Center Tuesday
Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh
Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood Council Tuesday will make some key decisions for the implementation of a future Emergency Communications Center.

Cottonwood presently dispatches for Cottonwood Police, Clarkdale and Jerome Marshal from an increasingly cramped room in the police department. Most fire and ambulance services for the entire Verde Valley are dispatched from the Sedona Fire District Center.

But Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh says the fire agencies need to cross communicate in mutual situations, but often it is the police and fire departments in Cottonwood which need communications with each other and when the center is built in Cottonwood, that service will return to Cottonwood.

A long-standing proposal to build a Regional Communications Center sought both "principals' to make the investment and "subscribers' to pay regular fees for service. It turns out that the City of Cottonwood is -so far - the lone investor and will build the new center on land it purchased for that need adjacent to the Public Safety Building.

The subscriber model now proposes a rate of $54 per dispatched call. That could change, depending upon the call volume after the first year.

The Council will be asked to approve that subscriber model Tuesday.

It will also be asked to approve Arrington Watkins Architects to design the 4,800-square-foot center on the existing 2.7 acre parcel.

The new center will dispatch Cottonwood's police, fire and EMS services with the potential to add subscribing agencies in the future. The new facility will support dispatching for approximately 20,000 police incidents and 3,200 Fire/EMS runs per year. It has been recommended that the City plan for four CAD dispatch positions (with potential growth to eight positions) and the required support facilities. Initially the City will plan for approximately 4,800 square feet of building with the potential to expand up to an additional 3,000 square feet.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Rick

Great answer!

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Thank you people your responses are just what I need.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Rick

What is it with you and the Iron Brotherhood?

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ tom b.- no defense... if no accusation... .

it is easy to say you were not accusing... but really? you post the "demand" under an article with a picture of our city manager that is an ex-police chief... you may hold up the cloak of non-accusation but its intention was pretty obvious.

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

The sentence Cottonwood must show that it has no connection to the "Iron Brotherhood.", is a demand. The accusations start when the demand is not met.

P.S. Who are you defending exactly.

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Article comment by: the burden of proof lies on the accuser... .

Mr. Babbit seems to be taking the opportunity to question things that are not germane to the topic...

aside from a pretty cheesy website, the extremely unfortunate and down right disgusting behavior of the club/gang from prescott... and the unfortunate behavior that always seem to happen in these male only sausage-fest gangs... mob mentality runs amok.

there is no reason to assume that people are guilty of being the same gang just because they are or once were LEO's...

perhaps anyone who was really interested in getting the passive aggressive allegation clarified could either call or visit the city manager rather than making unfounded public accusations.

then report back and let us all know what you find...

aside from that- and back on topic... if folks really want to go back to just ringing a bell for fires then please attend a meeting and let your voice be heard...

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Who Pays The $54???

Who pays for the $54...The person/entity who
causes or is responsible for the incident....or the
person/entity who makes the call?

It now takes 7 to 20 minutes for response time
for the responders to get on site of the incident.

With the $54 fee and the 2 to 4 million the city
plans to squander the response time will be
the same 7 to 20 minutes.

I got lost...what is the reason for this new

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

$54 dollars a dispatched call as opposed to non
dispatched calls.That should even itself out.Then
20,000 police incidents (not dispatched?) I'm
lost already.20,000 police incidents = $0
Then you add, if applicable 20,000 dispatched
calls at $54 a call =$1,080,000
Fire dept 3200 calls =$172,000
911 beer run calls = $8000 Wow it's gonna employ how many out of town jobs to build?
Then the Architects at another million and we can re-evaluate next year on the costs per call.Im pretty sure the price will plummet.I'm all
in.Looks like we'll save millions in the next millenian.Just nit pickin they say.

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Cottonwood must show that it has no connection to the "Iron Brotherhood."

Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: $54 Per CALL?

Holy mackerel! I thought AT & T was bad in the old days. For 54 bucks, I'll drive up to the fire house and holler at the men on duty!

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