Dispite one alderman's concern over comparing prices, Manchester aldermen voted unanimously to renew the city's police dispatching contract with the Ballwin Police Department.
Currently, police 911 calls to Manchester are handled through Ballwin's dispatch. The contract expires at the end of this year and Manchester Police Chief Tim Walsh put together a proposal to renew the contract with Ballwin for another four years.
As previously reported by Patch, when aldermen first discussed renewing the contract, Alderman Marilyn Ottenad asked Walsh if he'd gotten price quotes from other dispatch centers or police departments.
Walsh said he had not looking into dispatching costs for other departments because the cost of the dispatching contract is fair and it involves more than money.
Manchester's mayor also said the Manchester police officers prefer the Ballwin agreement because of the two departments' longstanding working relationship.
Additional pricing was never presented to aldermen and they voted to renew the contract at the Oct. 1 board of aldermen meeting.
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