Joint Las Cruces-Dona Ana Co. 911 center in peril
Posted at: 09/17/2012 7:41 AM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A partnership between Dona Ana County and Las Cruces to build and operate a new 911 center is in peril because of a political and philosophical fight over its location.
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima tells the Las Cruces Sun-News city officials might consider building and operating their own emergency dispatch center.
The city and county have jointly paid for operations of the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority for years.
County commission chairwoman Karen Perez says she's frustrated that the location of the new center is such a political issue when everyone agrees on the need and many other issues about the new call center.
The county wants the center built next to its current government center. The city is eyeing a 300-acre parcel owned by the federal government.
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