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The city of Keokuk filed three lawsuits during its lengthy dispute over LeeComm, Lee County’s consolidated emergency dispatch center. With the dispute seemingly resolved, Keokuk has dropped all three lawsuits.

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It appears a deal has been reached that will ensure 911 calls from Keokuk continue to be answered by Lee County's centralized emergency dispatch center (LeeComm). The proof comes in the fact that the city asked for and received permission to cancel an upcoming court hearing on the matter.

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Lee County hopes the formation of a special committee will help resolve the ongoing dispute over the future of the county's centralized emergency dispatch center (LeeComm). The idea is for the most active users of the dispatch center to try reaching a compromise before the courts get involved.

The city of Keokuk filed a lawsuit Wednesday afternoon, seeking to maintain emergency dispatch services despite not signing an agreement to remain a member of the county’s 911 center. The lawsuit also asks the court to not tax Keokuk residents for a service they might not be able to use.

The city of Keokuk was told during a recent meeting that if it wanted answers about the future of Lee County’s emergency dispatch center, it should “get a lawyer.” The city has, in essence, done just that by filing several lawsuits and preparing for additional legal action.

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The agreement that created Lee County’s consolidated emergency dispatch center (LeeComm) is set to expire on June 30 and there is no deal in place to extend it that has the signature of all ten members. It appears that will not change anytime soon, which means the future of the system might soon be in the hands of a judge.

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Keokuk remains adamant it will not sign the proposed agreement to extend the countywide emergency dispatch center (LeeComm). But, it is confident that action taken Thursday night will show the other members of the dispatch center that Keokuk wants to remain a member.

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Diana Fincher-Smith took over as the director of LeeComm in 2012. She said during the past four years, she has tried to create an atmosphere of fairness and equality for the people working at Lee County's centralized emergency dispatch center.

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The future of Lee County's centralized emergency dispatch center is up in the air, in part because of the city of Keokuk's concerns about the day-to-day operations of the facility. It now appears those concerns are being echoed by the employees of LeeComm.

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The Keokuk City Council delayed a vote on whether to remain a member of the countywide emergency dispatch center (LeeComm) in the hopes that future negotiations can occur. Alderman Dan Winn summed up the tone of his colleagues during this week's emergency meeting.

Douglas Dorando

The Keokuk City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday afternoon (March 29) to discuss whether the city should remain a member of LeeComm, the county's centralized emergency dispatch center. City Attorney Douglas Dorando believes the city should not do so unless changes are made to the organization's bylaws and powers.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The future of Lee County’s centralized emergency dispatch center (LeeComm) is in question. The agreement that created it seven years ago will expire soon and a major partner said changes are needed before it can get on board.

Future of Lee County's Emergency Dispatch Center Debated

Jun 23, 2015
Jasonn Parrott

Some big questions must be answered about the future of Lee County's combined emergency dispatch center. The agreement that created LeeComm expires next summer and there are concerns it will not be renewed.

A Lee County emergency dispatcher has resigned after her superiors repeatedly disciplined her for mishandling calls for service, sleeping on the job and accessing police databases improperly, according to internal records.