Lander Council approves dispatch contract with county

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(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council last night approved a dispatch agreement with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

City Clerk Robin Griffin told the council the agreement was largely unchanged from previous years. The original version was signed in 1993. She said the majority of the changes came in the form of typographical error fixes.

One amendment to the agreement is that all E-911 surcharges from calls within the City of Lander will be collected by Fremont County. The county also is responsible for maintaining all dispatch equipment.

The city pays the county $9,900 a month for dispatch services.

“Next year there will be probably be a change in fees,” Griffin told the council.

Right now Lander and Shoshoni police departments are the only ones who pay for the service. Riverton services are dispatched through the city’s own communications department. All other agencies that use the dispatch services, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs on occasion, do not pay.

Sheriff’ Skip Hornecker has told the Fremont County Commission he intends to transform the dispatch service into a true enterprise fund, where all user agencies pay into the system.

The council approved this year’s service agreement unanimously. Councilor Dan Hahn was not in attendance.

Other council news:

-The council heard a brief report from Street Department Supervisor Mitch LeClair. Some discussion surrounded the recently painted parking lines on the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street. Councilor Cade Maestas said it seemed to him like more people were using the spots than not. LeClair said he thought it was about half and half. Mayor Mick Wolfe noted that the lines didn’t seem to be lasting. LeClair said this is because they are white and see a lot of traffic.

-The council approved two resolutions for the Maverick Lounge to host street parties on Aug. 10 and Sept. 7.

-Catering permits for a wedding and this weekend’s Riverfest were approved.