The Nevada City Council voted 3-1 during a special council meeting at 9 p.m. Wednesday to give preliminary approval to increasing the city's financing package for a new public safety building by $800,000 to cover the cost of including a dispatch center in the facility if it becomes necessary.
The need to include the dispatch center hinges on whether the Vernon County Commission agrees to split the operating cost of the Western Missouri 911 Dispatch Center 50-50 with the city of Nevada as decided by the 911 board of directors.
According to the by-laws of the 911 board, it is the sole entity that determines the fees paid to use the dispatch center's services. In addition to the city and the county splitting the cost equally, the board decided to have the Vernon County Ambulance District pay $25,000 annually, with the money going into a contingency fund for the center.
The council will hold another special session at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 for the final reading of the measure.
They have also scheduled a work session to discuss the 2013 city budget for 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26.