Jacksonville City Council approved a one-year extension with the Village of South Jacksonville last night to continue police dispatching services.
The two municipalities had an agreement dating back to the 1970s that allowed South Jacksonville to get the service for free in exchange for having its police department patrol Nichols Park.
Jacksonville mayor Andy Ezard says the one-year extension is due to the fact that the city continues to hope for a combined dispatch center between the city, county and Passavant Area Hospital at some point in the near future.
“We entered into this agreement, this was our first year. They’ve agreed to do it again. But, the clear direction of the city and of this council is to look into combined dispatch. There’ s been some initial meetings internally, and I feel the village and the county are on board, and we’ve just gotta work things through,” Ezard says.
“Hopefully in the next couple years, it’ll become a reality.”
The deal is for $90,000