By: Diane Benjamin
Title to a story in a newsletter to all City Managers who are members of ICMA – both Bloomington and Normal are:
Santa Barbara Moves to Partner With County for Emergency Dispatch Services
Santa Barbara hopes to save up to two minutes in response time by combining emergency dispatch services with the county to create one large regional center.
Ever since Bloomington left MetCom and started their own call center in 2006, people dialing 911 might have been connected to either center and then transferred to the other. That wastes precious time.
Minutes matter in an emergency. Santa Barbara knows that. Citizens know that. Yet there is no discussion of Bloomington going back to MetCom.
Meanwhile, taxpayers get to fund two locations, duplicate supervisors, and duplicate staff.
If anybody cared about saving time and money returning to MetCom would be a high priority. Next would be abolishing the Bloomington Election Commission. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund two operations for elections, especially when one of them isn’t run by an elected official that voters can hold accountable.
Bloomington and Normal could have partnered on an east side fire station too. They won’t, it’s easy to toss money to developers – not so easy to do the right thing. This faux pas means MILLIONS from taxpayers in both towns that wasn’t necessary.
Bloomington is the MetCom problem.
Bloomington is the Election Commission problem.
Which one can be blamed for the fire stations? Both?