Big changes could be coming for emergency dispatching throughout Stanislaus County.
Urgent responses can be inefficient because firefighters show up when an ambulance would be enough or because ambulances sometimes have to call 911 after learning that a crime caused someone's injury. Things could improve if dispatchers for each immediately shared information via computer, says a report going before county supervisors this morning.
Eventually, it would be nice to have dispatchers from all services under the same roof, the document reads.
The county and Mountain-Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency, which regulates ambulance services, will need help coming up with consolidation ideas and negotiating response time terms, the report says. They expect to hire a consultant to develop a plan by July 2014 and could consolidate dispatching by mid-2016.
Today's meeting of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors starts at 9 a.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.
Supervisors are also scheduled to consider:
Inviting bids to build sewers in south Modesto's Parklawn neighborhood, where septic systems are failing. A $1.3 million block grant might have to be returned if construction doesn't happen by April. The $5 million total cost would require another state grant, as would a $9.5 million sewer planned for Modesto's airport neighborhood. Property owners in both communities first would have to agree to tax themselves for maintenance costs. So would people in Empire, where partial sewer improvements were cut short when redevelopment was discontinued throughout California. Eventually, the county would decide which of the three neighborhoods "is in the best position of self-sufficiency for use of scarce future funding," a report reads.
Contracting with the state to run a $3.38 million obesity prevention program
Paying Nolte Vertical Five $4.37 million to manage reconstruction of Highway 99's interchange with Kiernan Avenue in Salida
How to spend $300,000 in Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Funding, down from last year's $471,300 grant. The money should be split among sheriff's patrols, jails and district attorney investigations, a report says.
A wish list for expensive capital improvements over the next two decades, mostly related to road projects. This year's list identifies 147 projects costing $1.37 billion.