Tonawanda News

May 9, 2012

Dispatch move gets OK from panel

By Joyce M. Miles
Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — LOCKPORT — The Niagara County administration committee on Tuesday recommended approval of an intermunicipal agreement that has the county taking over City of North Tonawanda police dispatch.

The agreement calls for the sheriff’s office to take over employing six city dispatchers, beginning July 1, and the city to pay the county progressively lower portions of their pay over five years. For the rest of this year and all of 2013, the city will pay the county 100 percent of the dispatchers’ wages; in 2014, 75 percent; in 2015, 50 percent; and in 2016, 25 percent. By 2017 the dispatchers’ wages will be absorbed completely by the county.

The proposed approving resolution shows six months of wages and benefits for six dispatchers will cost North Tonawanda $237,000. City dispatchers will come onto the county payroll at pay of $20.20 per hour. 

They are protected from layoff for the duration of the agreement. If any leave the county’s employ voluntarily and are replaced by lower-paid workers, the city will be charged a percentage of the lower wage, according to Niagara County Manager Jeffrey Glatz.

A resolution on the dispatch agreement will go to a vote by the full Legislature next week. A similar vote is planned for the North Tonawanda Common Council next week, as well, Mayor Rob Ortt said.