Cass County, Iowa, officials weigh turning 911 over to private firm - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 3:58 am
Cass County, Iowa, officials weigh turning 911 over to private firm

Officials in Cass County, Iowa, are considering turning over operation of the county's 911 system to a private company.

No decision has been made, and further details of the preliminary proposal were unavailable Tuesday. The county is looking at other options as well.

“We are just trying to find what's best for the county, in terms of tax money,” said Gaylord Schelling of Atlantic, a member of the Cass County Board.

The matter is expected to be discussed today during the County Board's meeting in Atlantic. A vote has not been scheduled.

Dispatchers currently work out of the Cass County Courthouse on the south side of downtown Atlantic.

The move is being considered because the Depression-era building is short of space, and there are concerns that dispatchers do not have enough room, Schelling said.

The county has also looked at using a separate building, but a suitable one has not been found. Also, officials have looked at expanding the courthouse.

“If you build onto the courthouse, it's a lot of money,” he said. “Hopefully, we can find a solution to the problem.”

Schelling said he did not know of any other Iowa county that has contracted its 911 services out to a private company.

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Andrew writes about virtually everything – crime, features, legislative news and small-town controversy – happening in Iowa.

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