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July 22, 2011

MESTA loses GRDA dispatch

PRYOR — When Grand River Dam Authority decided to create its own dispatch center for newly named GRDA Lake Police, it seemed like the right thing to do.

“Really, the move on our part was done in conjunction with much of our Homeland Security department's responsibilities. GRDA has so many 24/7 operations (power plants, system operations, lake users, etc.) it seems a good fit to have it under a central umbrella, in house,” said Justin Alberty, corporate communications director for GRDA.

GRDA’s move to create its own dispatch will affect Mayes County Emergency Trust Authority the most. MESTA has contracted with GRDA in the past to handle Lake Patrol, now GRDA Lake Police, calls. With the change, MESTA will lose nearly $60,000 a year.

At the July MESTA board meeting, Director Rick Langkamp discussed the change in his report.

“We got confirmation from GRDA that our services would no longer be needed for dispatch. This contract was for $5,000 per month to provide dispatch services to the Lake Patrol. I will be evaluating the dispatch center to decided, how to compensate for that loss of revenue,” Langkamp said.

He hopes that a newly formed 911 board could help with the loss. A board has been established to discuss the possibility of making one centralized dispatch center for the entire county.

“This change or consolidation could solve the problem of funding dispatch,” Langkamp said.

GRDA encourages people to call 911 in case of an emergency but for other matters call GRDA Lake Police Department at (918)256-0911. This number can also be used to reach GRDA Homeland Security office.

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