By Sheridan Block
It seemed like an awkward family dinner as Ouray County agencies — along with other smaller user groups of the Montrose Regional Dispatch Center — sat silently while Montrose County entities and City of Montrose agencies hurled heated exchanges at each other during another dispatch debate on Tuesday.
During the meeting, Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap presented the on-again, off-again dispatch working group (which was formed by the different user groups last year in response to concerns over increasing dispatch fees) with a proposal to switch the center to a percent fee, with a possible base fee for all agencies. He also delivered a draft budget of the proposal.
The draft showed figures for each user if the percentage fee was approved. Agencies with low call numbers would instead be charged a flat fee. Dunlap noted...